Preview: Blue Jays at Rangers

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GAME: Toronto Blue Jays (35-36) at Texas Rangers (35-36)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 22 - 2:05 PM EST
WHERE: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


The Toronto Blue Jays once again aim to boost their record to .500 when they conclude their four-game series against the host Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon. Toronto is one game below the break-even mark for the ninth time this season but suffered a loss in each of the other eight attempts.

The Blue Jays' double-play combo of shortstop Ryan Goins (three RBIs) and second baseman Darwin Barney (two-run homer) combined to drive in five runs in Wednesday's 7-5 victory - Toronto's second in three games in the series. The hot-hitting Kendrys Morales registered his fourth consecutive two-hit performance and is 12-for-30 with three homers and eight RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak. Texas slugger Joey Gallo went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an inside-the-park homer in Wednesday's setback. Gallo was just 6-for-46 this month before the big performance, which represented his first multi-hit effort since May 30.

TV: 2:05 p.m. ET, Sportsnet (Toronto), FSN Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.15 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Martin Perez (3-6, 4.72)

Stroman lost to the Chicago White Sox in his last turn after winning his previous six decisions. The 26-year-old gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings versus the White Sox after allowing a total of five runs over his prior three outings. Stroman won his lone career regular-season start against the Rangers when he gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings in 2014 and has shut down Mike Napoli (0-for-9).

Perez halted his four-start winless stretch by defeating Seattle in his last turn, when he gave up four runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old has served up eight of his nine homers at home, where he is 3-4 with a 5.01 ERA in nine outings this year. Perez is 0-1 with a 0.79 ERA in two career starts against Toronto - both last season.

WALK-OFFS

1. Blue Jays SS Troy Tulowitzki was rested Wednesday but will be back in the starting lineup for the series finale.

2. Texas LHP Cole Hamels (oblique) tossed 81 pitches over 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday and might be activated to start Monday against Cleveland.

3. Toronto LF Steve Pearce (knee) went 3-for-3 before departing shortly after colliding with the wall while pursuing Gallo's fifth-inning homer, but X-rays were negative.

PREDICTION: Blue Jays 9, Rangers 7

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Toronto 35-36 W1 19-17 16-19 12-19 3-3 13-7 7-7
Texas 35-36 L1 21-17 14-19 3-9 7-6 15-19 10-2

Last Meeting

Toronto Texas
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/21/17 TOR 7 TEX 5 .306 1 .847 .250 2 .762

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
TOR J. Smoak .409 9 1.318
TEX J. Gallo .353 6 1.303
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
TOR J. Smoak 2 7 3
TEX J. Gallo 2 4 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
TOR 4.42 .251 54
TEX 4.50 .245 43
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
TOR J. Smoak .303 72 .964
TEX E. Andrus .288 80 .771
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
TOR J. Smoak 20 43 47
TEX J. Gallo 19 44 39
Pitching ERA Avg K
TOR 4.29 .245 642
TEX 4.38 .242 499

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Toronto Overall Texas
35-36 W/L 35-36
31-40 RL W/L 41-30
34-33-4 O/U 33-37-1
4.31 Runs For 4.90
4.58 Runs Against 4.69
Toronto A/H Texas
16-19 W/L 21-17
18-17 RL W/L 22-16
17-15-3 O/U 18-19-1
4.40 Runs For 5.42
4.54 Runs Against 4.58
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