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When will the Blue Jays play in Toronto?

Blue Jays to return to Toronto on July 30. MLB.comBlue Jays returning to Toronto on July 30

Why was the Texas Rangers game postponed today?

The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays will play a doubleheader on Sunday after Saturday's game was postponed due to rain. Sports IllustratedRangers Notes: Saturday's Game vs Blue Jays Postponed, Five Draft Signings

Sunday afternoon’s 10-0 blowout of the Rangers at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y., completed the series sweep after the Blue Jays took the first half of the doubleheader 5-0, and it was just as lopsided as the scores suggest. Add this to Friday’s news that the team will return home to Toronto on July 30 for its first game at Rogers Centre in 670 days, and this was the organization’s best weekend of the season.

“It’s huge,” said George Springer. “The goal is obviously to start well after the All-Star break. This is a big stretch for us here. On top of it, we find out that we get to go home. It’s exciting. I know there’s a certain buzz around the clubhouse right now. It’s exciting.”

Springer is one of many on the team who have never played at Rogers Centre in a Blue Jays uniform. Key contributors like he, Hyun Jin Ryu, Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray have only known life in Buffalo or Dunedin, Fla., but just as much as this weekend sweep, Springer expects that emotional upswing to help fuel Toronto in the last third of the season.

“I’ve gotten a chance to play there as a road player, and it was always a fun place to play, a great place to play,” Springer said. “I know the city is excited for us to come home. I can’t wait. I look forward to it here in a few short days.”

The Blue Jays put up 10 runs in the first two innings in Sunday’s second game, including a grand slam from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launched his 31st home run of the season, giving him three in the series coming off his All-Star Game MVP Award, and he was joined by Springer -- who went back-to-back -- and Randal Grichuk, who had a four-RBI day.

Toronto’s talent towers over Texas’ when you compare the two rosters, but that hasn’t always mattered in 2021 as Toronto has battled injuries, poor defense and obvious bullpen issues. Sunday was an example of what the Blue Jays need to do if they’re going to make a run in the second half, though. Division battles against the Red Sox, who visit Buffalo on Monday, will be tight. The same can be said for the Yankees and Rays and any number of AL teams involved in the Wild Card chase, but while Toronto slugs it out, it’ll need to make up ground against weaker teams.

All phases of the Blue Jays’ roster clicked Sunday, and two tremendous starts from Hyun Jin Ryu and Steven Matz took pressure off the bullpen. Ryu tossed a seven-inning shutout in the early tilt, then Matz was able to find a groove with a big lead, turning in his best outing since returning from the COVID-19 IL in late June with five scoreless. The offense was obviously clicking, too, and when Toronto plays to its strengths like it did Sunday, the club plays one of the most exciting brands of baseball in the league.

We can’t measure momentum like we measure everything else in baseball, but Toronto has it. Returning home on July 30, which is also the Trade Deadline, lines up perfectly for the Blue Jays to continue riding this wave, too. They just need to keep winning.

“I’m really excited. It’s been close to two years that we haven’t been able to go to Toronto,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “I finally get an opportunity to pitch in front of the city, in front of the Toronto fans on a Toronto mound. I’m just super excited for that, and we’ve got to get prepared.”

Beating teams below them in the standings is key for the Blue Jays, but the real challenge is still ahead. Toronto faces AL East-leading Boston in seven of its next 10 games before returning to Rogers Centre, so taking four or five of those will be an important first step as August approaches on the calendar.

“We’re going into that series playing good baseball,” said manager Charlie Montoyo. “That helps. Again, Boston is having an outstanding season, but this is our chance to gain some ground. You can only do it one game at a time.”

The Blue Jays also face the Sox at home on the weekend of Aug. 6-8, so the next three weeks could flip the AL East picture dramatically. These past three days were the best start Toronto could hope for in the second half, though. A true run with a long winning streak is necessary at some point, and the team has put itself in a position to knock that off right out of the gate.

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Blue Jays sweep away Rangers with back-to-back shutouts in doubleheader

Toronto Sun 19 July, 2021 - 12:51am

Sahlen Field has been good to the Jays, but the team’s time at its triple-A facility is winding down with the end to arrive on Wednesday with the conclusion of a three-game set against Boston. They then hit the road again to face the Mets and Red Sox before their long-awaited homecoming at the Rogers Centre on July 30 to face the Royals.

Ryu was never threatened, outside of the very first pitch he threw, to become Toronto’s first pitcher this season to nine wins.

Saturday’s scheduled game was rained out, allowing Ryu an extra day of rest and he responded by crafting a complete-game three-hitter.

The shutout was Ryu’s first since May 7, 2019 when he pitched for the L.A. Dodgers.

“During the bullpen sessions I had before the all-star break, I talked with (pitching coach) Pete (Walker) and we discussed how my arm slot and release point had been dropping a bit,” said Ryu through a translator.

“(On Sunday) I was able to get on top again and that resulted in the changeup and the rest of my pitches to be a little faster than normal.”

His afternoon began with leadoff hitter Isiah Kiner-Falefa turning on his first pitch and sending it deep to left field where Lourdes Gurriel Jr. caught it at the wall.

In Sunday’s second game, No. 8 hitter Gurriel keyed a six-run first inning for the Jays by launching a grand slam to left off shell-shocked Texas starter Mike Foltynewicz.

Toronto clubbed four homers in all in the ‘nightcap’ to provide starter Steven Matz with more than enough run support as the Jays led 10-0 after two innings.

Springer entered the day well below the dreaded Mendoza line — a .200 batting average — though the Jays continue to use him at cleanup.

The growing hysteria surrounding Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the team’s imminent return to Toronto have completely taken the attention away from Springer’s rather underwhelming performance at the plate.

He did, however, show signs of life against the Rangers, getting on base twice in Game 1 in three at-bats and stealing his second base of the season, while hitting a home run, his sixth of the season, in Game 2 while going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .210.

Springer’s second-inning blast followed a bomb by Vlad Jr., who stroked his 31st of the season.

Valera appeared in five games with the Blue Jays two years ago, recording four hits and three RBIs with one homer.

He pinch-hit in the sixth inning in Game 2 on Sunday and struck out swinging.

Outfielder Jonathan Davis was optioned to triple-A, but stuck around as the designated 27th player for the doubleheader.

Davis was in left field for Gurriel to end Game 1. He then replaced Springer in centre in Game 2.

In another roster move, the team designated left-hander Nick Allgeyer for assignment.

The Jays’ rotation against the Red Sox — a team they are chasing in the AL East standings and will see a lot of in the coming few weeks — will feature Ross Stripling getting the start in Monday’s series opener followed by Alek Manoah and Robbie Ray.

Amherst, N.Y., native Jonah Heim received loud ovations at Sahlen Field, a venue the Rangers catcher used to visit when attending youth camps and then watching from the stands when the Bisons were in action.

Heim even has a tattoo of the Buffalo skyline on his arm.

He had never played in what is essentially his home ball park in front of family and friends.

Heim had a double in the series opener on Friday and stroked a single in Sunday’s Game 2, by far the best moments on the afternoon outside of any Blue Jays feat.

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Will the Blue Jays play at home?

CityNews 18 July, 2021 - 09:01pm

Rangers vs. Blue Jays - Game Recap - July 18, 2021 - ESPN

ESPN 18 July, 2021 - 09:01pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a first-inning grand slam, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 31st homer of the season, and George Springer and Randal Grichuk also went deep for Toronto as the Blue Jays cruised to a 10-0 win over the Texas Rangers and a sweep of their doubleheader on Sunday.

Steven Matz and two relievers combined for a three-hitter, and Toronto swept a doubleheader with two shutouts for the first time in team history. In the first game, Hyun Jin Ryu threw a three-hitter for his third career shutout and Danny Jansen hit a home run as Toronto won 5-0.

“The only way you can get winning steaks is if your starters give you a chance,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Ryu and Matz were outstanding, Of course, we swung the bats, but it’s all about pitching and the starters were outstanding.”

It was the first time the Rangers were shut out twice in a day since the team moved to Texas. On May 23, 1971, the Washington Senators were swept at Detroit by 5-0 and 11-0 scores.

Gurriel's homer, his 11th of the season, capped a six-run first inning. With two out in the second, Guerrero and Springer went deep on consecutive pitches, and after a walk to Teoscar Hernández, Grichuk hit his 18th home run.

Rangers starter Mike Foltyniewicz (2-9) allowed all 10 runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. The ensuing trio of Rangers relievers — Taylor Hearn, Demarcus Evans, and Spencer Patton — set down 13 of 14 batters. Texas has now lost five in a row and nine of its last 12.

“I expect more from our ballclub,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “We’re not a juggernaut offense. We have to put some more pressure on guys. We gave up 10 homers in 20 innings, and that’s not going to get it done.”

Springer, who signed a six-year, $150 million deal with the Blue Jays last winter, was seen dancing in the dugout during the second game. He described how much fun he's having while playing with a young Blue Jays team laden with talent.

“This is already a hard enough game. The more you dwell on stuff, the harder it gets,” Springer said. “It’s fun to watch Vladdy, to watch Lourdes, the stuff everybody does. At the end of the day, it’s a game. You have to go out there and attempt to have fun every single day."

Matz (8-4) allowed three hits in five innings. Rafael Dolis and Tayler Saucedo worked an inning apiece.

Ryu (9-5) went the full seven innings in the first game, striking out four and walking one in his first shutout since May 7, 2019 with the Los Angeles Dodgers against Atlanta.

“During the bullpen sessions I had before the All-Star break, I talked with (pitching coach) Pete (Walker) and we discussed how my arm slot and release point had been dropping a bit," Ryu said through a translator. "Today I was able to get on top again and that resulted in the changeup and the rest of my pitches to be a little faster than normal.”

The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Marcus Semien and a run-scoring single by Bo Bichette. Jansen led off the fifth inning with his fifth homer and Grichuk added a sixth-inning sacrifice fly to provide insurance.

Kolby Allard (2-6) allowed five runs, seven hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings for Texas.

Ryu escaped trouble in the second inning with the game still scoreless. He allowed a leadoff triple to Joey Gallo but struck out John Hicks and induced a soft infield popout by Eli White before fanning David Dahl to end the threat.

“We have to find a way to score there," Woodward said. "In a seven-inning game, it's too important.”

The first game took 1 hour, 48 minutes, the shortest game this season in the major leagues. Detroit and the Chicago White Sox played a doubleheader opener in 1:50 on April 29.

The Blue Jays and Rangers played the second game in 1:51.

The Blue Jays, who received approval Friday from the Canadian federal government to return home later this month, changed the paint scheme on the dugouts at their temporary home to read “Thank You Buffalo” and include the logo of the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate they displaced this season.

The 12,335 in attendance Sunday comprised the largest crowd of the Blue Jays' tenure at Sahlen Field. The Jays' previous largest home crowd of the season was 10,100 on Friday night.

Rangers: Evans was called up from Triple-A Round Rock as the 27th man for the doubleheader.

Blue Jays: IF Breyvic Valera, who was batting .313 in 41 games at Buffalo, was selected to the major league roster. OF Jonathan Davis was optioned to Buffalo, but was the 27th man for the twin bill. LHP Nick Allgeyer, who appeared in 11 games for Buffalo and one with Toronto, was designated for assignment.

Rangers: C Jose Trevino (right forearm contusion) is 3 for 7 in two games so far in his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco. Woodward said Trevino is healthy enough to be activated in the next week, but needs to continue work on his timing. ... C Sam Huff (right knee surgery) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Tyler Phillips, who was with Round Rock, was designated for assignment.

The Rangers continue their road trip in Detroit, where RHP Kyle Gibson (6-1, 2.29 ERA) will face Tigers RHP Casey Mize (5-5, 3.59) on Monday. The Blue Jays face Boston for their final series in Buffalo, with Toronto RHP Ross Stripling (3-5, 4.34) taking on RHP Nick Pivetta (7-4, 4.30) on Monday.

The Baseball Tonight crew examines the top players that could be on the move ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

— Seattle is proving to be unbeatable whenever Logan Gilbert is pitching.

Shohei Ohtani adds to his home run total with a two-run home run to right-center field in the ninth inning.

— The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a bad baseball team for a big chunk of this season and own the worst record in the majors to prove it.

Shohei Ohtani adds speed to his track record as he beats out a ground ball to first in the seventh inning.

Luis Torrens and Ty France each hit home runs during the Mariners' win over the Angels on Sunday.

35-58 - Rangers obliterated in Buffalo with 10-0 Game 2 loss to Blue Jays

Lone Star Ball 18 July, 2021 - 04:33pm

Make it a doubleheader and series sweep for Toronto

Just about all you can say about this one is at least it was only seven innings.

This picture from Game 1 of the @Rangers doubleheader seems to apply game wise to what is happening in Game 2. pic.twitter.com/mbnnrQyIyC

The Rangers had six hits total in 14 innings with zero runs today. The Blue Jays scored six runs in the first inning of Game 2 alone.

Texas is a season-worst 23 games below .500.

Player of the Game: No.

Up Next: Unfortunately more Texas Rangers in Detroit beginning tomorrow night.

Hyun Jin Ryu shines as Toronto Blue Jays blank Texas Rangers in opener

The Globe and Mail 18 July, 2021 - 02:18pm

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Hyun Jin Ryu, #99 of the Toronto Blue Jays, pitches during the first inning against the Texas Rangers in game one of a doubleheader at Sahlen Field on July 18, 2021 in Buffalo, New York.

Danny Jansen hit a solo home run, left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Texas Rangers 5-0 Sunday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader in Buffalo.

The Blue Jays have won the first two games of the three-game series.

The doubleheader of two seven-inning games was necessary after the game on Saturday was rained out. The Blue Jays won the opener 10-2 on Friday night.

Ryu (9-5) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out four in pitching the complete game.

Texas left-hander Koby Allard (2-7) allowed five runs, seven hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out one.

Ryu worked around Joey Gallo’s leadoff triple in the second inning and survived a walk and a single in the third.

The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. led off with an infield single, took third on Santiago Espinal’s double and scored on Marcus Semien’s groundout to third. Bo Bichette added an RBI single.

Allard pitched around a walk and an infield single in the fourth.

Jansen led off the fifth with his fifth home run of the season.

After walking Nate Lowe with two out in the third inning, Ryu retired eight straight batters before Lowe doubled to left with one out in the sixth. Ryu worked out of the inning with two groundouts.

The Blue Jays added two runs in the bottom of the sixth. George Springer singled, took third on Teoscar Hernandez’s single and scored on Randal Grichuk’s sacrifice fly. Josh Sborz replaced Allard and allowed Gurriel’s run-scoring groundout.

Toronto called up infielder Breyvic Valera on Sunday, optioned outfielder Jonathan Davis to Triple-A Buffalo and designated left-hander Nick Allgeyer for assignment. Davis stayed with the Blue Jays for the doubleheader as the 27th man.

Texas called up right-hander Demarcus Evans from Triple-A Round Rock to be the 27th man for the doubleheader.

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MLB DFS Tournament Strategy: Leverage, Home Runs, Optimal Picks | Today, 7/18/21

Awesemo.com 18 July, 2021 - 09:45am

The Sunday slate has a 1:05 p.m. ET start time for 10 games on DraftKings and nine games on FanDuel. The slates split around the Rangers – Blue Jays game, which does not appear on the blue site. Overall, this has all the makings of an excellent slate. There are high-caliber pitchers at reasonable prices, a broad mid-range and a few high-end spots for bats. This should be a slate with some room to build premium lineups without making significant value-based sacrifices given the pricing and upside spots available.

Home runs are the holy grail when making MLB DFS picks. Finding the right combination of sluggers who will knock one, or better two, out of the park to drive in the teammates you stack with them is critical to winning GPPs. Identifying the likely home run hitters is trickier than just looking at the big names. Using a model of my own design, based on a blend of several predictive statistics for the batter-pitcher matchup, I will give one of the top choices from each team. However, it will not always be the absolute top-ranked player, particularly when there is an obvious star in that spot every day.

Be sure to catch the MLB DFS Deeper Dive & Live Before Lock, where we will review all the games, emphasizing finding the best stacks and top MLB DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy baseball lineups.

Check out all of Awesemo’s top-notch baseball content and free MLB DFS picks.

Scale: 5-10 Average; 10-20 Good; 20-25 Very Good; 25+ Great

Atlanta Braves: Dansby Swanson — 6.11

Baltimore Orioles: Austin Hays — 13.10

Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn — 4.29

Cincinnati Reds: Nick Castellanos — 2.22

Detroit Tigers: Akil Baddoo — 7.41

Houston Astros: Kyle Tucker — 6.06

Kansas City Royals: Carlos Santana — 11.17

Miami Marlins: Jesus Aguilar — 4.19

Milwaukee Brewers: Avisail Garcia — 6.04

Minnesota Twins: Josh Donaldson — 23.59

New York Mets: Peter Alonso — 14.49

Philadelphia Phillies: Andrew McCutchen — 8.68

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bryan Reynolds — 5.21

San Diego Padres: Trent Grisham — 8.12

San Francisco Giants: Darin Ruf — 11.11

St. Louis Cardinals: Tyler O’Neill — 11.01

Tampa Bay Rays: Brandon Lowe — 11.35

Washington Nationals: Juan Soto — 9.70

This is intended to capture the full range of home runs-upside for each team. It is not meant as a stack ranking and does not account for pricing or popularity — only home run potential. The first column is the average rating for the full projected lineup (pitcher bats not included in non-DH games), and the second is for the top six hitters in the projected lineup.

This section will feature a few standout MLB DFS spots and teams to look at for potential plays on DraftKings and FanDuel. Ensure to check out the ownership projections for critical updates and monitor the top stacks tool throughout the day for changes.

The pitching slate has several name-brand arms available, many of which are in good spots and fairly priced. The slate includes Corbin Burnes who draws a tough matchup against the Reds, Zack Wheeler in an easy spot against the Marlins, Max Scherzer and Joe Musgrove dueling one another in D.C. and Carlos Rodon taking on the excellent Astros lineup. Taijuan Walker of the Mets stands out as perhaps a few talent rungs below those apex starters, but he is in a great matchup and pitching in excellent form The mid-range of the slate includes a few playable options like Sonny Gray, Framber Valdez and Johnny Cueto.

Walker lands on the slate as an interesting value play by comparison to the other available starters. He has a strong chance of putting up a relevant start on both sites, given the matchup against the hapless Pirates offense, though as always there is the caveat that the Pirates do not strike out frequently. Walker has been very good through the season’s first half however, and he has the talent to overcome this low-end Pirates lineup. Walker completed 90 innings over his first 16 starts, posting a 3.94 xFIP and a 1.03 WHIP with a 24.9% strikeout rate and an 8.4% walk rate, while inducing 9% swinging strikes. He has yielded a 39.6% hard-hit rate and a 6.8% barrel rate, but there are few power threats in the opposing lineup, Pittsburgh is next-to-last in baseball by home run rate in the split, at worst Walker should offer a high degree of safety on this slate.

Burnes has a 37.1% strikeout rate and a 2.16 xFIP through his first 15 starts this season. He has completed 87.2 innings in that sample, pitching to a 0.91 WHIP while walking a mere 4.3% of hitters. Burnes induces an excellent 16.2% swinging strike rate and a fantastic 34.1% CSW, throwing strikes at an elite level. He allows just a 3.6% barrel rate and only a 28.9% hard-hit rate with an 85.8 mph average exit velocity. Burnes does draw a challenge in Cincinnati. The Reds have a 3.82% home run rate and a 22.9% strikeout rate in the split. The Reds have created runs five percent better than average against righties this season and they have a collective .173 ISO, but Burnes’ ability to limit power has all of the Cincinnati indicators trending downward. This appears to be a solid spot for the starter, who could conceivably draw less than appropriate ownership with the matchup and other options on the board.

Wheeler is perhaps the most reliable option in the league for depth of start. He has completed 119.2 innings in his 18 chances and is among the league leaders in quality starts. He is another pitcher who does a fantastic job keeping the ball in the park by limiting premium contact. He allows just a 4.4% barrel rate and a 29.1% hard-hit rate so far this season, yielding a mere 84.7 mph average exit velocity against. It is difficult to get to Wheeler for any kind of power and he has been excellent sitting hitters down with a 30.8% strikeout rate and a 12.7% swinging strike rate. Wheeler has a 2.71 xFIP and a 0.97 WHIP on the season. Miami’s 25.5% strikeout rate against righties is one of the league’s worst marks, and they create runs 12% worse than average, lending to Wheeler’s upside. He will be justifiably popular, but there are good reasons to play him regardless.

The Twins are in Detroit to face Wily Peralta, who has thrown 26 innings in five starts this season. Peralta has just a 15.8% strikeout rate with a 6.9% walk rate and a 4.36 xFIP. He has induced just an 8.9% swinging strike rate and a 24.2% CSW on the season and allows targetable contact metrics. Peralta yields a 9.1% barrel rate though he has gotten away with it somewhat via a 5.7-degree average launch angle and a 37.7% hard-hit rate. Despite those marks, the frequency with which Peralta allows the ball to be put in play is highly targetable with bats like those wielded by the Twins lineup. The Twins are a deep but inexpensive lineup on this slate, making them a high-end target for MLB DFS production on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

Luis Arraez leads off the projected lineup and comes in cheap on both sites, largely for his lack of power and run creation upside. He is excellent at avoiding strikeouts at just a 10.4% rate, but he has hit only one home run in his 259 plate appearances and has rarely demonstrated power in the Majors. Arraez has a .083 ISO this season but is creating runs six percent above average, slashing .296/.363/.378. His ability to get on base ahead of the premium bats in the lineup is what keeps Arraez around, but his MLB DFS relevance is razor thin as he is rarely finding significant points of his own.

Josh Donaldson is one of the leading home run candidates on the board for the Twins this afternoon, but he is priced down at just $3,100 on FanDuel. Donaldson costs $5,300 as the Twins second-most expensive bat across town, so this is a different play from site to site. He has hit 14 home runs in 281 plate appearances this season. Donaldson is slashing .250/.349/.487 on the season with a .237 ISO, creating runs 26% better than average.

Trevor Larnach hits from the left side of the plate and is slotted into the No. 3 spot in the projected lineup. Larnach has a .160 ISO and creates runs six percent ahead of average, slashing .239/.336/.399 in his 217 plate appearances this season. He has a 31.8% strikeout rate that does not jibe with his current lack of power production. Larnach sits in just the 54th percentile of hard-hit rate so far this season at 41.7%, but he has significant power upside.

Anyone who does not know to include Nelson Cruz in a Twins stack whenever he is in the lineup probably should consider a new hobby. He is slashing .305/.382/.548 over 325 plate appearances. He has hit 18 home runs and has a robust .244 ISO while creating runs 48% better than average. Cruz leads the team and the slate in the home run model and comes in at an advantageous $3,700 price tag on FanDuel. For $5,800 on DraftKings, Cruz is a taller order but one well worth the reach.

Alex Kirilloff also hits from the left side of the plate and has shown some quality but a bit of a production roller coaster in early returns. Kirilloff has hit eight home runs in 223 plate appearances, posting a .179 ISO but coming in one percent below average by WRC+ for the season. He is slashing .256/.305/.435 on the season, for just $2,800 on FanDuel and $3,500 on DraftKings he is easy to play where needed.

Jorge Polanco slots in at second base or shortstop on both sites and has been providing quality in a bit of a return to his formerly productive self. Polanco is up to 12 home runs and seven stolen bases for his 355 plate appearances. He is slashing .254/.318/.429 with a .176 ISO and created runs four percent better than average by WRC+ in the first half. He is a much easier play on FanDuel for $2,900 than he appears on the other site, where he is a whopping $5,100. Polanco has value, but that depends on the overall cost and how it fits into constructions.

Max Kepler has made 232 plate appearances this season, responding with 10 home runs and a .217/.306/.448 slash. He has a .232 ISO and created runs four percent better than average through the first half. Kepler is managing his strikeouts, with just a 22% rate on the season, but he has struggled with the hit tool. When he makes contact, Kepler is driving the ball with a 46.1% hard-hit rate that is a significant step up from the mere 38.2% he had last season and outpaces the best rates of his career to date.

Ryan Jeffers’ 34.6% strikeout rate is difficult to roster given the lack of significant production in other categories. Jeffers has hit six home runs in 136 plate appearance and is slashing .183/.279/.375, creating runs 19% below average. As a limited shares play deployed as an endcap to a mid-lineup stack, Jeffers has upside. He is not a functional wraparound play, however.

Andrelton Simmons is a better bet for turning the lineup over. Simmons is not a high-end MLB DFS option, and this season he is slashing just .234/.304/.310. In an ideal version of this lineup, Simmons and Arraez combine to keep things churning, and they are both getting on base at an above average rate to be driven in by the power bats. Simmons can do his part on any given slate, and he costs just $3,200 on DraftKings and $2,100 on FanDuel, making him playable, with tempered expectations required.

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Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 odds, picks and prediction

USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire 18 July, 2021 - 07:12am

The Texas Rangers (35-56) and Toronto Blue Jays (46-42) play a doubleheader Sunday at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y. Game 2’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Rangers vs. Blue Jays odds with MLB picks and predictions.

RHP Mike Foltynewicz is the projected starting pitcher for the Rangers. He is 2-8 with a 5.11 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 6.6 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 over 100 1/3 IP across 18 starts.

Foltynewicz doesn’t have a great record, but he has pitched well lately. He has three quality starts across his last four outings while lowering his ERA from 5.59 to 5.11 during that span since June 18.

Foltynewicz faced the Blue Jays in his first outing this season on April 5, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 7 strikeouts across 4 innings in a loss at Arlington.

LHP Steven Matz is the projected starting pitcher for the Blue Jays. He is 7-4 with a 4.72 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 9.7 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 across 76 1/3 innings in 15 starts.

Matz was hit around for 4 runs (3 earned) and 6 hits across 4 innings in a loss at Baltimore in his most recent start July 6.

He faced the Rangers April 5 in Arlington opposite Foltynewicz, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk with 9 strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings in a victory.

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 12:05 p.m. ET.

The Blue Jays (-200) are a little on the expensive side in the nightcap, and they’re fairly priced behind Matz. He pitched very well against the Rangers earlier this season, and while Foltynewicz has been pitching much better lately, he’ll find the sledding tough at Sahlen Field.

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The BLUE JAYS -1.5 (+100) are headed into this doubleheader winning by at least 2 runs in each of their past 10 victories. So when you like Toronto to win, you should also like them to cover the run line.

The OVER 8 (-110) is a good play in this seven-inning game in Buffalo. The wind will be blowing out from 6-9 mph to straightaway center field in what is already a park which plays fairly small. This won’t be a shootout in Game 2, but the series finale will inch Over the total.

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Toronto Blue Jays rained out against Texas Rangers, doubleheader set for Sunday

The Globe and Mail 17 July, 2021 - 01:21pm

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A tarp covers the infield before what was supposed to be the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers at Sahlen Field on July 17, 2021 in Buffalo, New York.

Saturday’s tilt between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers has been postponed due to soggy conditions.

Toronto and Texas were set to meet in the second bout of a three-game set, but the game was pushed to Sunday as rain fell in Buffalo, N.Y., where the Jays have been playing home games due to pandemic-related border restrictions.

The two sides will play a doubleheader on Sunday.

The Jays routed the Rangers 10-2 in the opening game of the series on Friday, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hitting a pair of home runs.

The Jays’ time in Buffalo is coming to an end after the federal government approved a national interest travel exemption that will allow the team to host games in Toronto as of July 30.

Toronto is 46-42 on the season and currently sits third in the AL East.

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