Smyly expected to start for the Rangers against the Blue Jays
Arlington, Texas; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT
LINE: Rangers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Both Toronto and Texas are looking for a series win with a victory.
The Rangers are 11-7 on their home turf. Texas has slugged .452, good for fourth in the American League. Joey Gallo leads the club with a .670 slugging percentage, including 16 extra-base hits and 11 home runs.
The Blue Jays are 8-10 on the road. Toronto has a team on-base percentage of .293, led by Justin Smoak with a mark of .370. The Rangers won the last meeting 8-5. Lance Lynn earned his fourth victory and Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs for Texas. Thomas Pannone registered his third loss for Toronto.
TOP PERFORMERS: Gallo leads the Rangers with 26 RBIs and is batting .268. Danny Santana has 14 hits and is batting .350 over the last 10 games for Texas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 3-7, .257 batting average, 5.07 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs
Blue Jays: 4-6, .226 batting average, 3.66 ERA, outscored by six runs
Rangers Injuries: Edinson Volquez: 60-day IL (elbow), Drew Smyly: 10-day IL (arm), Yohander Mendez: 60-day IL (elbow), Taylor Hearn: 10-day IL (elbow), Luke Farrell: 60-day IL (jaw), Scott Heineman: 60-day IL (shoulder), Ronald Guzman: 10-day IL (hamstring).
Blue Jays Injuries: Matt Shoemaker: 10-day IL (knee), Clayton Richard: 10-day IL (knee), David Phelps: 10-day IL (elbow), Ryan Borucki: 60-day IL (elbow), Dalton Pompey: 60-day IL (concussion), Devon Travis: 60-day IL (knee).