May 26, 2022

MLB Preview|Texas at Toronto-Sunday, April 10, 2022

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Texas at Toronto
When: 1:37 PM ET, Sunday, April 10, 2022
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Blue Jays look at sweep their opeing series of 2022 on Sunday when they take on the texas Rangers in the finale of this 3 game series.

Betting Line :Toronto (-233) Over/Inder (9.5,-110)

After overcoming a 7-0 deficit to win the season opener 10-8 on Friday night, the Blue Jays defeated the Rangers again on Saturday, 4-3.

In each game, Jordan Romano earned the save. Dating to last season, he has converted 25 consecutive save opportunities.

Santiago Espinal stroked what turned out to be the game-winning hit in the sixth inning Saturday, a pinch-hit RBI double.

It was the second game in a row that Espinal drove in a run with a double after coming on as a sub for second baseman Cavan Biggio. Espinal took over at second in each game and played well in the field.

Espinal put on 15 pounds during the offseason.

“I did add muscle and it has paid off,” Espinal said. “I’m able to drive the ball much better than I did last year. I can tell by my swing, even in (batting practice).”

“Any chance he gets, he produces,” said teammate Bo Bichette, who hit a solo home run on Saturday. “That’s a special quality to be able to stay locked in at all times. Obviously he’s helped us a lot. I’m excited for him to do so well.”

One difference between the teams in the series has been that Toronto’s success at scoring two-out runs.

“Yeah, that’s a little frustrating,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “You’ve got to be able to finish innings. You’ve got to get zeros after scoring and you’ve got to score after getting zeros. There are lots of little things that lead to winning. Two-out runs are a backbreaker.”

The Blue Jays’ starter on Sunday will be left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu, who went 14-10 with a 4.37 ERA in 31 starts last year.

Ryu has faced the Rangers twice in his career, both times in 2021. He threw seven innings in each start and went 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA. He allowed a total of 10 hits while striking out 11 and walking one.

Right-hander Spencer Howard is expected to be the Rangers’ primary pitcher on Sunday, possibly following an opener. He went a combined 0-5 with a 7.43 ERA in 19 games (15 starts) last year for the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas.

He has faced the Blue Jays once in his career, allowing one run in 3 2/3 innings in a start for the Phillies on Aug. 20, 2020. He did not factor in the decision.

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Historical Trends

Toronto are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.
Toronto are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
Toronto are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Texas.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games against an opponent in the American League West Division division.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games played in April.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas’ last 7 games.
Texas are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Texas are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against Toronto.
Texas are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
Texas are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas’ last 7 games against an opponent in the American League.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas’ last 6 games played in April.

–Field Level Media via Scoresandstats

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