Gm4 ALDS – Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers Free Betting Pick October 12th

This afternoon the Toronto Blue Jays hope to keep their season alive as they play game 4 of their ALDS series at the Texas Rangers.

2015 ALDS Game 4 – Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers – Rangers lead 2-1

The Jays avoided a 3 game sweep as they were victorious 5-1 in game 3 of their best of 5 ALDS with the Rangers. Starter Marco Estrada got the win as he pitched 6.1 innings while allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits. He struck out 4 batters. He threw 89 pitches in the game. Here’s how the other pitchers fared in relief for the Jays:

  • Reliever Aaron Loup pitched 0.1 of an inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit.
  • Reliever Mark Lowe pitched 0.1 of inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 1 batter.
  • Reliever Aaron Sanchez pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 1 batter.
  • Closer Roberto Osuna pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit his first home run of the postseason. He was 2 for 3 with 4 runs batted in and 1 run scored. He was walked 1 time. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored. He hit his first double of the postseason. He walked 1 time. Catcher Dioner Navarro was 1 for 4 with 1 run scored. He hit his first double of the postseason. Right-fielder Jose Bautista was 1 for 4 with 1 run scored. He struck out 1 time. Center-fielder Kevin Pillar was 2 for 4. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was 0 for 2 with 1 run scored. He walked 2 times. Left-fielder Ben Revere was 1 for 5. On the mound for the Jays in game 4 is right-handed starter R.A. Dickey. Dickey finished the regular season with a 11-11 record and an era of 3.91. He had 126 strikeouts in 214.1 innings pitched. He made 33 starts this season. He threw 2 complete games. In his last start, a no-decision on September 30th at Baltimore, he pitched 5 innings while not allowing an earned run on 2 hits. He struck out 3 batters. He threw 58 pitches in the game. He is 8-1 in his last 14 starts.

The Texas Rangers missed out on an opportunity to sweep the Blue Jays as they were downed 5-1 at home in game 3. Starter Martin Perez was tagged with the loss as he pitched 5 innings while allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits. He struck out 2 and walked 3 batters. He threw 90 pitches in the game. Reliever Chi-Chi Gonzalez pitched 1.2 innings while allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits. He gave up 1 home run. He walked 2 batters. Reliever Ross Ohlendorf pitched 1.1 innings while not allowing an earned run on 1 hit. Reliever Shawn Tolleson pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 1 batter. Center-fielder Delino DeShields was 1 for 4. Left-fielder Josh Hamilton was 2 for 3. Shortstop Elvis Andrus was 1 for 4 with 1 run scored. 2nd baseman Rougned Odor was 0 for 3 with 1 run batted in. It was his 2nd double of the postseason. He struck out 2 batters. 3rd baseman Hanser Alberto was 1 for 3. He hit his first double of the postseason. Right-fielder Shin-Soo Choo, designated hitter Prince Fielder, 1st baseman Mitch Moreland, and catcher Robinson Chirinos combined to go 0 for 15 with 4 strikeouts. Starting for the Rangers in game 4 is left-handed Derek Holland. Holland finished the regular season with a 4-3 record and a 4.91 era. He had 41 strikeouts in 58.2 innings pitched. He made 10 starts this season. He threw 1 complete game. In his last start, a win on October 1st at home versus the Angels, he pitched 6.1 innings while allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits. He gave up 1 home run. He struck out 6 and walked 3 batters. He threw 98 pitches in the game. He’s pitched 6.1 or less innings in his last 4 starts.

The Blue Jays and Rangers have each scored a total of 12 runs in the first 3 games of this series. The game 3 win was Toronto’s first playoff elimination game win in their franchise history.

Prediction: The Blue Jays finally woke up yesterday and the result was them staving off elimination. It seems like this team is going to play well with their backs against the wall, and once again today that is the case. The pitching match-up seems even but I still like the Jays’ batting lineup.

Take the Blue Jays 2.20 (Bet365)

October 12, 2015 by : Posted in Baseball No Comments
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