Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

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The Tampa Bay Rays will be taking the field against their division rival Toronto Blue Jays in a Sunday day game. RSN Sports will showcase the matchup. The game is scheduled to get underway at 1:07 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Tampa Bay (-135) is the favorite over Toronto (+125) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs (-110 for the over and -110 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at +110 for the Rays -1.5 runs and -130 for the Blue Jays +1.5 runs.

The Rays have gone 11-4 SU this year and are 11-3 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 7.8 units for moneyline gamblers in this young season and 8.8 units ATS. Tampa Bay’s covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 5-10 SU and 6-8 ATS. They’ve lost 7.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.4 units ATS. Toronto has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven outings and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Blue Jays games have an over/under record of 5-9 so far in 2019. Tampa Bay has an over/under record of 4-9-1.

Right-hander Charlie Morton (2-0, 2.25 ERA) will get the ball for Tampa Bay. Morton struck out 201 hitters in 167 innings last year (30 starts) while finishing the season 15-3 overall with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

The Blue Jays are rolling with righty Marcus Stroman (0-2, 2.41 ERA) as their starter. Stroman started 19 games last year while finishing the season 4-9 overall with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He made two starts against the Rays a year ago and compiled a 0-1 record with a 6.75 ERA and three strikeouts.

Toronto’s pitching staff has allowed 3.9 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. Its starters have a 2.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.93 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 11.3 K/9. In seven games against AL East opponents, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 3.67 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.50.

Toronto’s hitters are putting up 3.5 runs per contest, including 4.9 per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .222/.301/.354 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Blue Jays’ batters have been led by Freddy Galvis and Randal Grichuk. Galvis is slashing .346/.382/.654 with 18 hits, nine RBIs and seven runs scored, while Grichuk’s line is .192/.276/.442 with 10 hits, six RBIs and 10 runs scored.

For the visitors, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 2.4 runs per game and its starters own a 1.44 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11.64 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.45, along with a WHIP of 0.75 and a K-per-9 of 9.15.

Rays hitters have slashed .266/.342/.439 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game this season, including 6.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 7.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Austin Meadows and Tommy Pham have led Tampa Bay’s offense. Meadows is slashing .385/.467/.788 with six home runs, 16 RBIs and eight runs scored, while Pham (.276/.403/.379) has produced two homers, seven RBIs, eight runs and five stolen bases.

The Rays have gained 3.8 units and are 7-3 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in four of those games, as opposed to five that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Blue Jays have lost 9.0 units and are 4-7 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in four of those games, compared to seven that went under the total.

Rays at Blue Jays Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have a total OPS of .782 this season and an OPS of .803 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Blue Jays’ OPS sits at .620 overall and .649 against righties.
  • Toronto has posted 16.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.8 over its last five.
  • The Rays have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.