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Toronto Blue Jays' Greg Bird flies out during a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, April 1, 2022, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

BLUE JAYS VS RANGERS APRIL 8

Kyle Barrette

It was a good start to the 2022 season with a win. Houston never trailed and sealed the W. Now it’s time for opening day part two. We’re heading north to the Rogers Center, where the Blue Jays are hosting the Rangers. The Blue Jays are going to be able to be home for the whole season, and that will be a big deal for them as a lot of people have high hopes for this team this season. The Rangers have the tough task of having a bunch of new guys that had a shortened spring and now have to travel to Canada to open the season against one of the favorites to win it all.

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Blue Jays:

You can see why they are one of the front runners to win it all. The lineup is stacked from top to bottom. This team honestly reminded you of the AL East version of the Astros. Berrios gets the start today for the Jays, and he will be looking to continue on from what was a pretty good season for him last year. Berrios only had one start against the Rangers last season, where he gave up six hits and three runs, but a good majority of those guys are no longer with the team. It will be difficult to pitch against this team because they can hit you from anywhere in the lineup and will eventually score a lot of runs.

Rangers:
Outside of Joey Gallo, there was not a whole lot of offense for the Rangers last season. With Gallo being traded to the Yankees and a ton of money to spend, they went and got two infielders to get the process started with Kyle Segar and Marcus Semien. Those two are going to be asked to make this offense run. They are going to need it as the pitching rotation does not look too promising. The Rangers signed Jon Gray, who will make the opening day start for the Rangers. Gray is coming off a subpar season where he went 8-12 with a 4.59 ERA. If he throws anywhere near those numbers against this Blue Jays team, it’s going to be a long day.

Blue Jays vs Rangers Pick: Blue Jays F5-.5
The Blue Jays are heavy favorites in this game, and for good reason. The situation is not ideal for the Rangers, who are opening the season on the road in Canada with a bunch of new guys off a short spring. Give me the Jays early.

Same Game Parlay:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to hit a HR, Guerrero to record 2+ RBIs, George Springer to record a run, Over 0.5 runs in the 1st Inning and Blue Jays -1.5.

SGP Odds +1265


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