Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

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The Toronto Blue Jays are prepared to battle against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Sun will televise the matchup.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Toronto (-120) is favored over Tampa Bay (+110) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Runline odds stand at -190 for taking the Rays +1.5 runs and +165 for the Blue Jays -1.5.

The Blue Jays are 52-62 straight up (SU) and 51-64 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 22.2 units (ATS). Toronto has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 58-57 SU and have gone 62-54 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 5.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 9.7 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Toronto games have an over/under record of 59-48-8 in 2018. Tampa Bay has been a good under bet with a total record of 51-62-3.

As a unit, Toronto’s pitchers have given up 5.1 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have a 4.85 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.64 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.2 K/9. In 45 games against AL East opponents, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 4.49 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.72.

The Toronto hitters have produced 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .309/.359/.517 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

First baseman Justin Smoak and third baseman Yangervis Solarte have led the Blue Jays’ offense this year. Smoak is slashing .265/.370/.488 with 18 home runs, 59 RBIs and 50 runs scored, and Solarte is hitting .234 with 17 homers, 53 RBIs and 50 runs.

For the visiting squad, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.84 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.23 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.95, along with a WHIP of 1.21 and a K/9 of 8.25.

Rays hitters have slashed .253/.329/.393 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Third baseman Matt Duffy and outfielder Mallex Smith continue to lead Tampa Bay’s hitters. Duffy is slashing .304/.356/.386 with four home runs, 32 RBIs and 41 runs scored, while Smith is hitting .299/.373/.414 with one homers, 26 RBIs, 42 runs and 25 stolen bases.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Tampa Bay has recorded eight extra-base hits over its last five contests. Toronto has 19 XBH over its last five.
  • The Rays have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have hit 16 over their last 10.
  • Tampa Bay has averaged 20.1 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 17.4 over its last five.