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Preview: Blue Jays (35-39) at Rangers (37-37)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington
Date: June 19, 2017 8:05 PM EDT
  

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx has gotten over the star-struck phase of making his major league debut at the age of 32.

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Now Bibens-Dirkx (2-0, 3.28 ERA) is squarely focused on helping the Rangers' rotation continue its recent string of success when he squares off against Toronto and right-hander Marco Estrada (4-5, 4.54 ERA) on Monday as the Rangers and Blue Jays open a four-game series.

Bibens-Dirkx played a big role in the recent rotation surge in his last start. Against the Washington Nationals, he allowed a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first but that was the lone run he allowed in seven innings as he picked up his first victory as a starter.

Part of the reason for his success has been his ability to simplify the game and just pitch.

"They're human beings," Bibens-Dirkx said. "They can get out. When you see big-league guys, you see names. You can see them get out. That's one of the things I've learned throughout the years is if you make a quality pitch, you have a chance. If you make a mistake, it won't turn out too well for you. That's probably the biggest surprise is I've been able to make quality pitches and get big-league guys out."

While Monday's game will be only his eighth appearance, Bibens-Dirkx has faced the Jays before. He pitched four innings in relief on May 26, allowing three runs and striking out five. He also gave up two homers.

Bibens-Dirkx knows he'll have to make adjustments from that outing.

"We're going to have to have a little bit of a different game plan," he said. "I know they're going to have a lot more of a scouting report on me. I've got to make as many quality pitches as possible. I have to be a little smarter about making pitches and keeping the ball down. They have a lot of power guys in the lineup."

Estrada will have his hands full against the Rangers, too. He's struggled throughout June, losing all three of his starts and not pitching more than 5 2/3 innings. He has a 12.08 ERA in June and was blasted by Tampa Bay for six runs on 2 hits in 3 1/3 innings in his last start.

His last win did come against Texas, as he allowed one run in six innings on May 27. The Rangers should provide Estrada with a chance to get going. He's 2-1 for his career against Texas with a 2.40 ERA in five starts.

The Jays, who avoided getting swept by the Chicago White Sox with a 7-3 win Sunday, are two games under .500 and general manager Ross Atkins knows his team needs to get going soon. Toronto is 5-5 in its last 10 games and in last place in the American League East.

"No question, I think we'll have a pretty good idea in two weeks of where things stand," said Atkins to Sportsnet.ca. "That might not be the case, but it feels as though some things are going to crystalize in the coming weeks, and certainly beyond that stretch, we'll have a real good feel for how strong this team is."

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Blue Jays at Rangers
Mon, Jun 19 Final 7 to 6
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 2
Blue Jays at Rangers
Tue, Jun 20 Final 1 to 6
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 3
Blue Jays at Rangers
Wed, Jun 21 Final 7 to 5
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 4
Blue Jays at Rangers
Thu, Jun 22 Final 4 to 11
 Boxscores  •  Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  -125   +130   10.5 
 TEX  +115   -150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  -123   +120   10.5 
 TEX  +113   -140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  35%   24%   81% 
 TEX  65%   76%   19% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 28, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX « 3 Cover: +155 
 TOR 1 Under: 4 
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 May 27, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 1 Under: 4 
 TOR « 3 Cover: +100 
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 May 26, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 6 Over: 13 
 TOR « 7 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 9, 2016  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 6 Over: 13 
 TOR « 7 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 7, 2016  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR « 5 Cover: +125 
 TEX 3 Push: 8 
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 Oct 6, 2016  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR « 10 Cover: +106 
 TEX 1 Over: 11 
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 May 15, 2016  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 6 Over: 13 
 TEX « 7 Cover: +155 
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 May 14, 2016  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 5 Over: 11 
 TEX « 6 Cover: +123 
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 May 13, 2016  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR « 5 Cover: +100 
 TEX 0 Under: 5 
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 May 5, 2016  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 2 Over: 14 
 TOR « 12 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Monday, Jun 19
 
  •  Nationals at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Reds at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Indians at Orioles
7:30 PM EDT
  •  Pirates at Brewers
7:40 PM EDT
  •  Blue Jays at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
  •  Padres at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
  •  Red Sox at Royals
8:15 PM EDT
  •  Giants at Braves
8:15 PM EDT
  •  Astros at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
  •  Tigers at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
  •  Mets at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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