Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Free Preview

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The Toronto Blue Jays will be taking on their division rival Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Fox Sports Sun will be televising the matchup and the game will get going at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Rays are 30-35 SU and 33-31 ATS. The team has lost 5.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 0.2 units against the spread (ATS). Tampa Bay has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, have gone 30-36 SU this year and are 31-34 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 6.5 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 5.4 units ATS. Toronto is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven.

Neither team has been a strong over/under play this season. Rays games have an over/under record of 30-32-2 so far in 2018. Blue Jays games have gone over 29 times, gone under 28 times and pushed on eight occasions.

Left-hander Jaime Garcia is getting the start for the visiting Blue Jays. Garcia is 2-4 with a 5.57 ERA and 50 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rays this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 1.93 ERA and four strikeouts across four and two-third innings).

The Rays are sending righty Ryne Stanek (1-1, 3.14 ERA) to the hill. Stanek has 18 punchouts and nine walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.19. Stanek did not record a start against the Blue Jays in 2017.

As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have given up 4.3 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have a 4.14 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.88 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.4 K/9. In 28 divisional games, Rays starters have an ERA of 5.54 and the bullpens ERA is 3.98.

The Tampa Bay hitters are putting up 4.1 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.2 per game over their last five. The teams hit .275/.324/.443 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Rays batters have been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman C.J. Cron. Duffy is hitting .320/.357/.420 with 64 hits, 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored, and Cron’s line is .256/.330/.480 with 15 homers, 36 RBIs and 36 runs.

In the other dugout, Toronto’s pitching staff allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.03 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.12 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.98, along with a K-per-9 of 8.85.

Blue Jays hitters have slashed .234/.313/.415 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 3.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.2 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Toronto’s offensive production been powered by right fielder Kevin Pillar and third baseman Yangervis Solarte, who have combined to launch 19 home runs. Pillar is slashing .262/.300/.444 with seven home runs, 27 RBIs, 33 runs and nine stolen bases, while Solarte is hitting .256/.314/.456 with 12 homers, 37 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

The Blue Jays have gained 3.2 units and are 19-21 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 20 of those games, compared to 16 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rays have netted 0.3 units and are 13-9 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in eight of those games, compared to 13 which went under the total.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • Toronto has posted 23.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 31.8 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.