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2021 MLB Handicapping
(8-10) Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays (10-9)
Date: Friday, April 23rd, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Steven Matz vs. Ty Glasnow
MLB Moneyline Odds: Blue Jays +135 | Rays -155
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays -1.5 (+110)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7
Familiar rivals connect. The Jays have been better against teams in the AL East. It is the other ones they have struggled with.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays could easily have a few more wins but the season has not been a disaster when you consider their lack of injury luck. Vlad Guerrero Jr has been one of the best hitters in baseball so far and that is an awesome development. Bo Bichette is leading the team in homers. They will take that too.
Getting Steven Matz from the Mets was a deft move. The lefty has been awesome so far, with a 3-0 record and some very strong peripherals. I am not sure he ever put together back-to-back-back starts like this with New York.
The injuries the Jays have had have really killed the bullpen. They are going to be figuring it out as they go for a while with the likes of Julian Merryweather and Jordan Romano out.
Tampa Bay Rays
So far the Rays are scoring the sixth-most runs in baseball. They are being led 3B Joey Wendle who leads the team in hitting and RBIs. I don’t think anybody saw that coming. Austin Meadows and Randy Arozarena are supposed to be the big bats.
Ty Glasnow has always had great stuff. With Blake Snell dealt and Charlie Morton leaving in free agency he is now the ace of the team and he is thriving. He has given up just 2 runs over four starts and is dominating with 36 Ks in just 24 innings.
The Rays bullpen ran out of gas last year in the playoffs. This year they have been just OK. They are lacking that pop they had. Whether those two are connected or they are just off to some slow starts is to be determined.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Blue Jays are 23-47 in their last 70 games as a road underdog.
- Blue Jays are 18-37 in their last 55 games with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
- Blue Jays are 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
- Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 games with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
- Rays are 40-14 in their last 54 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
Free Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
It is hard not to like the Rays when Glasnow is on the mound (though they are just 2-2 in his start). I do not like paying a premium with him because he does not work as deep as many of the elite starter in the game. That leaves too much to chance and the bullpen is not as good as it was a year ago.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Blue Jays ML
This one could be a very snappy game. The Jays just get a couple of key hits to get the win.
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