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Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays Preview and Predictions 08-14-2019 in MLB


The Toronto Blue Jays aim for their first series sweep at home in nearly four months when they cap a three-game set with the reeling Texas Rangers on Wednesday. After a 19-4 shellacking to begin the series, the Blue Jays picked up a tidy 3-0 triumph in Tuesday's matchup.

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Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney each hit solo homers to back a combined five-hit shutout as Toronto won for the 11th time in its last 16 games. The Rangers have lost six of seven and managed just 13 runs in that span as their offense has hit a wall. They'll try to get something going Wednesday against Sean Reid-Foley, who opposes lefty Kolby Allard for Texas. Toronto leads the season series 3-2 and has a chance to win it for the sixth time in the last seven years with a victory in the finale.

TV: 12:37 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Southwest (Texas), Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Kolby Allard (0-0, 4.15 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Sean Reid-Foley (2-2, 2.36)

Allard had a solid debut with the Rangers after coming over from Atlanta at the trade deadline, allowing two runs and three hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision at Milwaukee on Friday. The former first-round pick, who turned 22 on Tuesday, struck out seven Brewers while walking three. He will be facing the Blue Jays for the first time.

Reid-Foley will be making his fourth straight start and sixth on the year while seeking a second consecutive win. The 23-year-old limited the New York Yankees to one run over five innings in a victory Friday at home. He has never faced the Rangers and is 1-3 with a 4.88 ERA in his career at Rogers Centre.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Rangers placed RHP Jesse Chavez (elbow) on the 10-day injured list and selected the contract of RHP David Carpenter from Triple-A Nashville.

2. The Blue Jays optioned RHP Brock Stewart to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled 1B Rowdy Tellez from Buffalo.

3. Hernandez has four home runs and seven RBIs over his last five games.

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Stadium

Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario, CAN.
Capacity: 52,383

Last Injuries

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Ryan Tepera

    Elbow
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Tepera has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. He is not expected to return until the start of September.

  • Clay Buchholz

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Buchholz has been shifted to the 60-day injured list with a Grade 2 teres major strain in his right shoulder. He is likely to be away from the starting rotation until at least the early part of September.

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Knee
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Guerrero Jr. was held out the previous game with left knee discomfort, leaving his status in question for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.

  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    Quadricep
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Gurriel Jr. has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a grade 1 left quad strain. He is expected to be out until latter part of August.

  • Ryan Borucki

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Borucki is in recovery after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

  • Ken Giles

    Elbow
    Prob Mon | probable

    Giles was held out of the last game with inflammation in his right elbow, but he is expected to be available Monday against the Rangers.

  • Devon Travis

    Knee
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Travis is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to repair a minor meniscus tear in his left knee. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Guerrero Jr. is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Mets as he likely will be given the day to rest.

Texas Rangers

  • Taylor Hearn

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Hearn has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with left elbow tightness and has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

  • Jesse Chavez

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Chavez will spend an undetermined length of time on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement.

  • Edinson Volquez

    Elbow
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Volquez has been designated for the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow strain. He is expected to be held out of action until at least the beginning of September.

  • Jeffrey Springs

    Bicep
    Late Aug | 60-day IL

    Springs has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with tendinitis in his left biceps, and he is likely be sidelined until sometime in August.

  • Luke Farrell

    Jaw
    Late Aug | 60-day IL

    Farrell is on the 60-day injured list as he is recovering from surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his jaw. He is expected to be shut down until the latter part of August.

  • Delino DeShields

    Head
    day-to-day | out

    DeShields left Tuesday's game due to a head injury.

  • Connor Sadzeck

    Elbow
    Mid Sept | 10-day IL

    Sadzeck is on the 10-day injured list after having right elbow surgery. He is expected to be out of commission until at least sometime in September.

  • Edinson Volquez

    Elbow
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Volquez has been designated for the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow strain. He is expected to be held out of action until at least the beginning of September.

texas-rangers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Jesse Chavez 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Asdrubal Cabrera 8 6 26 4 9 4 0 12 5 13 4 3 0 .346 .500 .452
Danny Santana 96 80 351 63 107 20 6 21 58 202 13 106 6 .305 .575 .333
Hunter Pence 78 65 269 52 79 17 1 18 55 152 5 60 1 .294 .565 .354
Willie Calhoun 46 40 166 28 47 9 1 10 27 88 0 30 0 .283 .530 .331
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jose Leclerc 54 3 158 77 5 38 5 1 26 0 0 4 28 989
Jesse Chavez 48 9 234 72 5 82 12 0 48 0 0 2 22 1307
Brett Martin 40 1 146 45 1 58 6 2 28 0 0 1 11 767
Shawn Kelley 38 0 112 33 1 42 8 1 17 0 0 1 7 600
Adrian Sampson 29 15 348 93 9 145 27 1 79 0 0 3 33 1912
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 73 65 0 47 7 4 0 4
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 49 40 0 12 5 2 0 3
Jose Trevino 10 7 0 2 1 0 0 0
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 8 6 0 0 0 7 0 0