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17-19 (7-8 V) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays 19-21 (9-11 H)
Date: Tuesday, May 17th 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada
Projected Pitchers: Chris Archer vs. Marcus Stroman
MLB Moneyline Odds: Toronto -135
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Toronto -1.5 (+160)
MLB Betting Total: 8
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The Blue Jays and Ray open up a three-game series tonight (Monday), but this preview is the second game on Tuesday, which will feature Chris Archer and Marcus Stroman.
Both teams have a similar record at this stage of the season, but they’re both over five games back in the American League East and have some work to do.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Ray are in poor form coming into this game.
We don’t have the result from Monday’s game yet, but the Rays have lost five of six games. Archer (2-4) has a 4.57 ERA and 1.55 WHIP this season.
He has played the Blue Jays twice and is 0-1. He has pitched 11 innings against the Jays, allowing just four ERs and six hits.
Archer will give the Rays a chance, but can the bats wake up? The Rays rank 27th in runs (128), 30th in batting average (.221) and 26th in OBP (.296).
The offense has been picking it up a bit lately, though, as the Rays have scored 5+ runs in three of the last four games. Brandon Guyer has been smashing the baseball and has 7 RBIs in the Rays last two games.
Toronto Blue Jays
Stroman (4-0) has a 3.54 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He has struck out 41 batters in 56 innings.
Stroman is an impressive 2-0 against the Rays as well. He has pitched eight innings each game, allowing a combined nine hits and four ERs.
He has no decisions in his last two starts, but he has only allowed 2 ERs in each of those games.
The Blue Jays aren’t hitting nearly as well as they were last season, but they’re still producing more than TB.
Toronto rank 14th in runs (161), 22nd in batting average (.238) and 15th in OBP (.319). They only rank 11th in home runs (45), which is worse than the Rays (50 HRs – 5th).
The Jays need Josh Donaldson to start hitting the baseball again.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Rays are 0-4 in last 4 H2H games in Toronto.
- Under is 5-0-1 in last 6 H2H games.
- Under is 4-1-2 in last 7 H2H games in Toronto.
- Blue Jays are 6-1 in Stroman’s last 7 versus team with losing record.
- Rays are 1-6 in Archer’s last 7 road starts.
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Prediction:
Both aces are on the mound and I expect a low scoring pitching duel. If you needed a big hit, who would you trust, the Rays or the Jays? I’d be banking on the Jays. These teams have played each other seven times in Tampa Bay this season and the Blue Jays are 4-3, which includes wins in two of the last three.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Toronto Blue Jays ML (-135)
I’m betting on Toronto with them being at home. They’re losers in three of their last four games, but they’ve still been hitting the baseball relatively well and piling up the runs.
Stroman is on the mound as well and he’s not a pitcher you want to bet against right now.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 3 – Toronto 4
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