GDB 146.0: Yusei Kikuchi takes the mound as the Blue Jays search for a win against Texas

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Cam Lewis
2 months ago
The Toronto Blue Jays badly need a win.
The Texas Rangers rolled into Toronto and have taken care of business thus far. They jumped the Blue Jays in the standings and took the season series between the two teams by winning on both Monday and Tuesday.
Yusei Kikuchi will take the mound for the Blue Jays while the Rangers send out Jordan Montgomery in a lefty-on-lefty matchup.
This is the first time that the Rangers have seen the Yusei Kikuchi Revenge Tour, as he most recently pitched against Texas in May of 2021. Montgomery allowed three runs over five innings against the Blue Jays back during their season-opening series when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Since being traded from St. Louis to Texas, Montgomery owns a 4.20 ERA across seven starts.

First pitch: 7:07 p.m EST
Toronto Blue Jays: 80-65, 11.5 GB, +0.5 WCGB, +72 DIFF.
Texas Rangers: 80-64, 1.0 GB, – WCGB, +151 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -125, TEX +115.
*Odds at the time of publishing. Odds are subject to change.
Starting pitchers:
TOR — Yusei Kikuchi: 9-5, 3.57 ERA, 28 GS, 148 2/3 IP, 160 SO, 1.244 WHIP
TEX — Jordan Montgomery: 8-11, 3.62 ERA, 28 GS, 161 2/3 IP, 1.243 WHIP
TOR: George Springer RF, Bo Bichette DH, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B, Davis Schneider 2B, Whit Merrifield LF, Santiago Espinal 3B, Alejandro Kirk C, Ernie Clement SS, Daulton Varsho CF
TEX: Marcus Semien 2B, Corey Seager SS, Robbie Grossman RF, Mitch Garver DH, Jonah Heim C, Nate Lowe 1B, Ezequiel Duran LF, Lody Taveras CF, Jonathan Ornelas 3B


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