Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Free Preview

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The Toronto Blue Jays will play host to their AL East nemesis Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. The matchup will begin at 7:07 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Sun to catch the game.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Toronto (+125) is the home-team underdog to Tampa Bay (-135) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total sit at -105 for the under and -115 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at +110 for the Rays -1.5 runs and -130 for the Blue Jays +1.5.

The Rays are 75-63 SU and have gone 76-61 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 18.5 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 16.2 units ATS. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 62-76 SU and 57-80 ATS. They’ve lost 11.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 33.9 units ATS.

Toronto games have had an over/under record of 71-58-8 in 2018. The Rays have been a strong under bet with a total record of 58-74-5.

Tyler Glasnow is getting the start for the visiting Rays. The right-handed Glasnow is 1-4 with a 3.95 ERA and 110 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 1.80 ERA against Toronto this year.

The Blue Jays are putting the ball in the right hand of Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 5.22 ERA), who’s got 71 punchouts and 50 walks as well as a 1.63 WHIP. Sanchez is 0-1 with three strikeouts and a 4.91 ERA in one start against Tampa Bay this year.

Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have a 5.24 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.40 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 59 games against divisional opponents, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 5.03 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.97.

Toronto’s hitters have produced 4.4 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game against divisional foes and 3.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .183/.260/.288 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Justin Smoak has helped lead the Blue Jays’ offense this season with 23 home runs, 70 RBIs and 60 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.63 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.33 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.65, along with a K-per-9 of 8.16.

The Rays offense has slashed .257/.331/.399 on its way to 4.2 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Matt Duffy has led Tampa Bay’s hitters and is hitting .299/.357/.374 with four home runs, 40 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

The Rays just took the previous game in this series by a final score of four runs to zero.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in four of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have hit 12 over their last 10.
  • Toronto has posted 18.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 14.4 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have lost three of their last four games SU.