Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

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The Toronto Blue Jays are set to host their division rival Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. Fox Sports Sun will be televising the matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 7:07 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Odds

The Rays have gone 73-63 SU this year and are 74-61 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 15.5 units for moneyline gamblers and 14.2 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 62-74 SU and 56-79 ATS. The team’s lost 11.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 33.9 units ATS. Toronto has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the over has cashed in six of those seven.

Toronto games have an over/under record of 71-56-8 in 2018. Tampa Bay has been a solid under bet with a total record of 57-73-5.

Right-hander Ryne Stanek will get the start for the visiting Rays. Stanek (2-3, 2.77 ERA) has racked up 67 punchouts in 55.1 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Toronto this year (two starts).

The Blue Jays are sending righty Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.27 ERA) to the mound. Stroman has 76 strikeouts and 36 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.44. Stroman is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 1.80 ERA in one start against Tampa Bay this year.

Toronto’s pitching staff has allowed 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The club’s starters have an ERA of 5.22, a WHIP of 1.46 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.6. The bullpen has a 4.40 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 57 divisional games, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 4.98 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.95.

The Toronto offense is putting up 4.5 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team has hit .266/.335/.468 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Blue Jays’ offense has been led by first baseman Justin Smoak and right fielder Kevin Pillar. Smoak is slashing .251/.357/.477 with 23 home runs, 70 RBIs and 60 runs scored, and Pillar is hitting .251 with 11 homers, 51 RBIs, 54 runs and 13 steals.

In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.33 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.73, along with a K/9 of 8.17.

Rays hitters have slashed .257/.332/.398 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Third baseman Matt Duffy and second baseman Joey Wendle have led Tampa Bay’s offense. Duffy is slashing .297/.355/.372 with four home runs, 37 RBIs and 49 runs scored, while Wendle is hitting .298/.346/.427 with seven homers, 49 RBIs, 48 runs and 12 stolen bases.

The Blue Jays have gained 6.3 units and are 38-51 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 48 of those games, compared to 37 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in only two of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 27.6 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 outings and 25.6 over its last five.