Rangers at Blue Jays Prediction - MLB Picks 9/12/23

Toronto Blue Jays (80-64) vs Texas Rangers (79-64)

Game Info: Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Hyun Jin Ryu (3-2) (2.65) vs Max Scherzer (12-6) (3.91)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -109 / Texas Rangers -101 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Texas Rangers for game two of their three-game set this Tuesday from the Rogers Centre.

Rangers Preview & Projected Starter

Texas moved to 79-64 after defeating Toronto. The Texas offense is scoring 4.88 runs per game, while batting .272, with a .341 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.77 ERA, with a 1.20 WHIP. 

Max Scherzer (12-6, 3.55 ERA, 168 Ks) will get the ball for Texas. The veteran pitcher did not perform well in his face off with former teammate Justin Verlander last week, only lasting three innings, while allowing seven runs en route to his sixth loss. Scherzer ran into the Astros at the wrong time, as he was unable to hold his end of the duel, and he’ll face another tough test here in Toronto.  

Rangers Player Trends & Props

Corey Seager homered twice in the game two loss, and he leads the AL in batting (.343), while being second in the team in homers (28) and RBI (84). 

Marcus Semien has collected a hit in seven of the previous ten games,  and he leads the team in hits (156) and runs (103), with splits of .272/20/81. 

Adolis Garcia has totaled multiple bases in three of the last four games, and he leads the Rangers in home runs (34) and RBI (100).

Nathaniel Lowe has recorded a hit in seven of the last ten straight games, and he’s posting a line of .276/15/70. 

 

Blue Jays Preview & Projected Starter

Toronto enters at 80-64 after falling to Texas. The Toronto offense is scoring 4.85 runs per game, while batting .262, with a .331 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.80 ERA, with a 1.26 WHIP. 

Hyun-jin Ryu (3-2, 2.48 ERA, 23 Ks) will take the mound for Toronto. The tenth-year pitcher only gave up two runs in Oakland last week, but he still ended up taking the losing decision. Ryu has come back much more sound this season after an erratic 2021 season, and he’ll look to get the Jays back into the win column this Tuesday. 

Blue Jays Player Trends & Props

Vlad Guerrero Jr. has produced a run in six of the last nine games, and he leads Toronto in RBI (82), with 21 homers.

George Springer has totaled multiple bases in four of the previous five games, and he’s posting splits of .262/17/59.

Whit Merrifield has plated a run in four of the last five games, and he’s batting .286, with 61 RBI.

Corey’s Free Pick

Texas struck first in this battle of playoff hopefuls, while I believe they’ll have a good chance of doubling down, both sides could be in for more production. Max Scherzer and Hyun-jin Ryu have both pitched well this season, but with both clubs swinging well as of late, and feeling the playoff heat, they may just hit the magic number once again. Back the Over for the Texas/Toronto matchup. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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