The American League playoff picture gets more interesting every day.
Last night, the Texas Rangers (79-64) made things interesting. Thanks to a Mariners loss, they regained a playoff seed by beating the Blue Jays. The AL West title is still in sight, but for now, Texas can breathe a bit easy knowing they’re back in the postseason picture.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays (80-64) are 0.5 games ahead of the Rangers. Depending on how tonight’s slate unfolds, they could be the first team out when Wednesday rolls around. Just like Texas, they’re fighting for October every time they take the field.
If Texas wins one more against Toronto, they get the tiebreaker for the season series. That could be the difference between the playoffs and an early offseason. Let’s see how tonight’s Rangers vs. Blue Jays will affect the AL playoffs.
Fixture: Texas Rangers @ Toronto Blue Jays
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 12, 7:07 p.m. EST
Venue: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Rangers vs. Blue Jays Betting Odds
|Team||Run Line||Total||Money Line|
|Rangers||-1.5 (+140)||Over 8.0 (-112)||-118|
|Blue Jays||+1.5 (-166)||Under 8.0 (-108)||-102|
Veteran Max Scherzer will collect the start for Texas. He came over at the trade deadline and has a 3.63 ERA with the club in seven starts. However, Scherzer’s last start was massive for postseason implications, and he gave up seven runs in only 3.0 innings pitched.
Toronto is turning to Hyun Jin Ryu tonight. The lefty has a 2.65 ERA in 34.0 innings pitched this season. The Blue Jays have won five of his seven starts in 2023.
Rangers vs. Blue Jays Prediction
Last season, Mets fans griped that Max Scherzer let them down in big games. He didn’t dispel that notion as a Ranger last week. Well, here comes another one, and it’s on the road where he has a 4.59 ERA. Another dud may be on the way, which won’t play against Toronto’s elite pitching staff. Take the Blue Jays to win at home tonight.