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(1-2) Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2-2)
Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg Florida
Projected Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Matt Andriese
MLB Moneyline Odds: Toronto +135 | Tampa Bay +100
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Toronto -1.5
MLB Betting Total: 8
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Toronto Blue Jays
Francisco Liriano has been a tale of two careers, during his time with the Minnesota Twins he mostly struggled, posting an ERA over 5 three separate times.
He then moved on to the Pittsburgh Pirates and had a resurgence and it was due to some marked changes in the way that he pitched.
The meat of the changes is that Liriano started inducing far more weak contact and also had a higher ground ball rate, both of those metrics usually lead to easier outs.
He achieved this by changing his pitch types, most notably relying less on his four seam fastball and increasing the use of all of his pitches that moved.
Liriano regressed last year with Toronto and part of the reason could be due to an increased use of his fastball again.
Tampa Bay Rays
Opposite Liriano for the Rays will be Matt Andriese, pitching in his third full season as a big leaguer. His first two seasons were uneventful with a low K/9 and an ERA over two in both seasons.
He is yet to pitch a full season and is a 3rd round draft pick, so there is a level of talent that may not have been mined yet.
Also troubling with Andriese’s performance is his flyball rate and as a result his HR/9 rate, which would be near the bottom of the league if qualified.
He is a back of the rotation starter and the Rays hope that he can simply be competent and eat enough innings to save the bullpen.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- TB are 6-22 in their last 28 Fri. games
- Over is 7-3 in TB last 10 games as a home underdog
- Over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these teams
Free Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
The pitching matchup is favorable for both teams, however the Blue Jays have a more well rounded offensive lineup. I expect a fair amount of runs in this game and a Blue Jays victory.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: OVER 8
Both pitchers are big question marks coming into the season and we’re at the point of each team’s rotation in which they may not expect much other than eating innings. Take the over in this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Toronto 7 – Tampa Bay 3
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