Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Preview

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The Toronto Blue Jays will play host to their division nemesis Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. The matchup will get underway at 1:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Sun will be televising the game.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Toronto (+160) is coming into this one as the underdog to Tampa Bay (-170) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this day game at 8 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at -110 for both the over and the under. The game’s runline odds sit at -120 for taking the Rays -1.5 runs and +100 for the Blue Jays +1.5.

The Blue Jays are 71-84 straight up (SU) and 68-86 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 8.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 28.9 units (ATS). On the other hand, the Rays are 86-68 SU and have gone 88-65 ATS. Overall, the team’s gained 25.8 units for moneyline bettors and 25.1 units ATS.

Toronto games have a 79-66-9 over/under record in 2018. Tampa Bay has been a good under bet with a total record of 68-80-5.

The left-handed Blake Snell is getting the nod for the visiting Rays. Snell is 20-5 with a 1.97 ERA and 200 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with six strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Toronto this year.

The Blue Jays are going with lefty Ryan Borucki (4-4, 3.86 ERA), who has 57 strikeouts and 26 walks to his name, as well as a 1.33 WHIP. Borucki is 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA in one start against Tampa Bay this year.

As a unit, Toronto’s pitchers have given up 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starters have a 5.11 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.49 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.1 K/9. In 72 games against AL East foes, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 4.73 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.35.

The Toronto offense is putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .247/.290/.464 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Blue Jays’ hitters have been led by Kevin Pillar, who is slashing .247/.277/.417 with 14 home runs, 56 RBIs, 62 runs and 14 steals.

For the visitors, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.62 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.39 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.66, along with a WHIP of 1.16 and a K-per-9 of 8.24.

The Rays offense has slashed .260/.337/.408 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.5 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Matt Duffy has led Tampa Bay’s offense and is slashing .297/.361/.369 with four home runs, 44 RBIs and 58 runs scored.

The Blue Jays took the previous game in this series by a final score of five runs to two.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in four of Toronto’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have hit 16 over their last 10.
  • Toronto has averaged 21.1 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 21.2 over its last five.