Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Free Preview

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The Toronto Blue Jays are playing host to the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. The action will get underway at 7:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Sun will televise the game.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Odds


The Blue Jays are 70-83 straight up (SU) and 67-85 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 28.6 units (ATS). The Rays are 85-67 SU and have gone 87-64 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 26.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 24.9 units ATS.

Toronto games have an over/under record of 77-66-9 in 2018. The Rays have been a good under bet with a total record of 66-80-5.

Diego Castillo will get the start for the visiting Rays. Castillo is 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 57 strikeouts. He’s 2-0 with nine strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Toronto this year.

The Blue Jays will put the ball in the right hand of Sean Reid-Foley (2-3, 5.54 ERA), who has 32 strikeouts and 16 walks as well as a 1.54 WHIP. Reid-Foley hasn’t faced the Rays yet this year and did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

As a unit, Toronto’s pitching staff has allowed 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.13 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.44 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 70 games against divisional opponents, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 4.77 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.23.

The Toronto hitters have put up 4.4 runs per outing, including 3.9 per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .220/.260/.411 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Blue Jays’ offense has been led by Justin Smoak, who is slashing .246/.355/.465 with 25 home runs, 77 RBIs and 65 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.40 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.66, along with a K-per-9 of 8.27.

Rays hitters have slashed .260/.335/.407 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game this year, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Matt Duffy has led Tampa Bay’s offense and is hitting .300/.362/.373 with four home runs, 44 RBIs and 56 runs scored.

The Blue Jays just snuck away with the previous game in this series by a final score of nine runs to eight.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Free Prediction


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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in four of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • Toronto has averaged 18.9 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 19.6 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have won five of their last six games SU.