Toronto returns from the MLB All-Star break this week looking to improve its 4-6 mark in its last 10 games, and remains stuck in third place in the AL East standings, eight games behind the Boston Red Sox in the Friday night game at Sahlen Field.
The Blue Jays are returning home after ending their recent five-game winning streak on a winning note, posting a 3-1 victory at Tampa Bay last Sunday. However, faced with the burden of playing games away from the familiar limits of the Rogers Center for a second straight season, the team produced stunning results at home.
While the Blue Jays have claimed victory in six of their last 10 home dates, they have only had three wins in their last 14 home dates, according to the OddsShark MLB database. Those poor numbers played a role in the team’s precarious position on the odds of winning AL East, where they continue to sit on the sidelines as a +1100 bet on online betting sites.
The inconsistent results they’ve produced in recent encounters with Texas make things difficult for the Blue Jays. The team lost two of three road dates with the Rangers in early April and have only managed to string together two straight wins while going 9-11 in their last 20 clashes. Run production has also emerged as a concern against the Rangers, with the Blue Jays scoring four points or less in eight of their last 12 dates with Texas. Despite these offensive struggles, the OVER has continued to produce steadily when these two teams meet, going 11-6-2 in the last 19 games.
Luckily for the Blue Jays, the Rangers arrive in Buffalo with a lot of hardship. Texas closed the first half of the season on a 4-7 streak and look to Friday’s streak opener with +190 underdogs on the betting lines.
Currently mired in last place in the AL West standings, the Rangers have struggled particularly hard on the road this season and are posting AL’s worst 13-30 away record in the second half. The team’s poor record on the road was fueled by a drop of 1-19 between mid-May and mid-June. However, Texas showed modest improvement on the road just before the break, posting wins in three of their last six wins, with each of those wins being an underdog.