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Blue Jays vs. Rangers MLB Betting Pick from Larry Ness: June 19th 2017

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers
MLB Betting Pick: Toronto -121 odds (June 19th 2017)

The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last nine, working their way back to .500 (34-34). Strong starting pitching has been the key, as Texas allowed only 2.4 runs in those seven wins. Toronto won eight of nine to end May at 26-27 but just seem to not be able to get over the .500 hump. The Blue Jays were one game under .500 at 32-33 after a 7-6 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday but the lost two of three to the Chicago White Sox over the weekend to fall to 33-35. Toronto opens a seven-game road trip strong on Monday at Texas, the first of a four-game series.

Marco Estrada (4-5, 4.54 ERA) heads to the mound on Monday vs the Rangers and rookie Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-0, 3.28 ERA). Estrada will look to snap a string of three straight losses, including a setback against Tampa Bay on Tuesday in which he was knocked around for six runs on 12 hits in just 3.1 innings. Estrada’s last win came against Texas on May 27, when he allowed one run and struck out eight over six innings. He’s 4-1 with a 2.02 ERA in seven career starts vs the Rangers (Jays are 5-2). Bibens-Dirkx recorded his first win as a starter at Washington on June 11, when he held the Nationals to one run on three hits in seven frames. He’s made just two starts in his seven 2017 appearances but this marks his third start in his last four. He owns a 1.01 WHIP and .200 opponents BA to go along with his 3.28 ERA.

Estrada has not pitched more than 5.2 innings in any of his last three starts (all losses), while posting a 12.08 ERA. However, he’s shown himself to be a credible major league starter these last few years, as opposed to Bibens-Dirkx, who is making his major league debut here in 2017, at the age of 32. Take the Blue Jays.

Toronto vs. Seattle MLB Odds & Prediction from Will Rogers: June 9th 2017

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners
MLB Prediction: Toronto -127 odds (June 9th 2017)

The set-up: Seattle lost 2-1 to Minnesota on Thursday, ending a five-game winning streak. It’s also just the team’s second loss in its last 11 and speaking of 11, the Mariners will conclude an 11-game homestand with this weekend’s three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mariners had just seven hits last night and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, scoring only a single run after compiling 46 runs during their five-game winning streak (9.2 per). The Blue Jays come to Seattle in last place in the AL East, despite having won 11 of their last 16 games.

The pitching matchup: Joe Biagini (1-4 & 3.31 ERA) gets the ball for Toronto and  Sam Gaviglio (2-1 & 3.13 ERA) for Seattle. Biagini is 0-3 over his last four outings (Jays are 1-3) and has pitched in tough luck his last two outings, allowing three ERs in 13 innings (2.08 ERA) but getting one run of support, He owns a solid 1.02 WHIP and is limiting opposing batters to a .216 average over 49 innings on the season. Biagini tossed five innings of four-hit shutout ball in a 4-0 win over the Mariners back on May 12 and is unscored upon in 8 2/3 career innings over four appearances against the Mariners. Gaviglio has won his last two starts and has given up one or fewer ERs in three of his four big-league outings, to-date. Gaviglio’s major-league debut came at Toronto on May 11, when he gave up one run and two hits and struck out four against Toronto in a two-inning relief appearance.

The pick: Seattle is red-hot but note that the Mariners scored just six runs while being swept in a four-game set in Toronto from May 11-14 and Biagini has pitched WAY better than his record. I’m taking the visiting team in this one.

MLB Prediction: Blue Jays vs. Athletics Odds from Will Rogers: June 7th 2017

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Prediction: Toronto -113 odds (June 7th 2017)

The set-up: The Oakland A’s have a chance to complete their first series sweep of the season when they host the Toronto Blue Jays for the finale of this three-game series Wednesday afternoon. Oakland won 5-3 on Monday and 4-1 last night. The Blue Jays had climbed within a game of .500 (28-29) and had won three in a row on the road before dropping these first two meetings with the Athletics and are now 28-31 as they look to avoid a sweep. Oakland is just 26-32 and 15 1/2 games back of the ML-best Houston Astros.

The pitching matchup: Francisco Liriano (3-2 & 5.94 ERA) gets the ball for Toronto and Jharel Cotton (3-6 & 5.11 ERA) for Oakland. Liriano returned from a stint on the disabled list to toss five solid innings Friday, allowing two runs and four hits in a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees. He owns  a 1.80 WHIP to go along with his 5.94 ERA but the Jays are 5-3 in his eight starts, including winning his last four. Liriano owns a 5-4 record and 4.23 ERA in 16 career appearances (14 starts / teams are 7-7) against Oakland. Cotton lost his third consecutive start Thursday, allowing five runs (just one earned) on four hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings at Cleveland. The rookie has particularly struggled at home, going 1-3 with an 8.27 ERA while surrendering five or more runs in three of his four outings. Cotton will be facing Toronto for the first time in his career.

The pick: Cotton’s home woes are real (1.90 WHIP along with that 8.27 ERA) and as noted, Toronto has won Liriano’s last four starts. Liriano has had two brutal starts in 2017 (his season debut plus at home against Cleveland on May 10, right before he went on the DL) but in his other six, has allowed more than two ERs just once (three) in those six starts. Take Toronto.