Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick

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The Toronto Blue Jays will be taking on their divisional rival Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Fox Sports Sun will showcase the action and the game is scheduled to get going at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Rays are 31-35 SU and 34-31 ATS. They’ve lost 4.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 1.2 units against the spread (ATS). The Blue Jays have gone 30-37 SU this year and are 31-35 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 7.6 units for moneyline bettors and 6.4 units ATS.

Neither squad has been a strong over/under play this season. Rays games have had an over/under record of 31-32-2 so far in 2018. The Blue Jays have an over/under record of 30-28-8.

J.A. Happ is getting the start for the visiting Blue Jays. The left-handed Happ is 8-3 with a 3.71 ERA and 90 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with three strikeouts and a 4.76 ERA against Tampa Bay this year.

The Rays are handing the ball to righty Wilmer Font (0-3, 9.59 ERA), who has 23 strikeouts and nine walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.78. Font is 0-0 with two strikeouts and an 18.00 ERA against Toronto this year.

Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 5.06 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.11 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.93, along with a WHIP of 1.42 and a K-per-9 of 8.77.

Blue Jays hitters have slashed .233/.312/.412 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 3.6 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.4 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Outfielder Kevin Pillar and third baseman Yangervis Solarte continue to lead Toronto’s offense. Pillar is hitting .262/.299/.440 with seven home runs, 27 RBIs, 33 runs and nine steals, while Solarte (.252/.309/.449) has produced 12 homers, 37 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have given up 4.2 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 4.11, a WHIP of 1.19 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.5. The bullpen has a 3.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 29 games against AL East opponents, Rays starters have an ERA of 5.45 and the bullpens ERA is 3.85.

The Tampa Bay offense has produced 4.1 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.2 per game over its last five. The teams hit .267/.326/.422 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman C.J. Cron have led the Rays batters this year. Duffy is slashing .314/.350/.412 with 64 hits, 17 RBIs and 16 runs scored, while Cron’s line sits at .253/.329/.474 with 15 homers, 36 RBIs and 37 runs.

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

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in five of Toronto’s last seven games.
  • Toronto fielders have committed five errors over their last five games, compared to two errors for Tampa Bay over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.