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2021 MLB Handicapping
(84-66) Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays (93-58)
Date: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
Time: 3:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Undecided (TOR) vs. Michael Wacha (TB)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Blue Jays +105 | Rays -110
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays -1.5 (+150)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series starting on Monday night from Tropicana Field. Both teams are currently in the playoff picture as the Rays sit comfortably atop the AL East while the Blue Jays are just 1 game ahead of the Yankees for the final wild card spot.
Shane Baz won his major league debut as Tampa Bay held off a late Toronto rally to win 6-4 on Monday night.
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto has had a season to remember as they’ve seen their young core make a name for themselves, especially of late. They enter Tuesday’s game right in the thick of the Wild Card race and he standings seem to be shifting every day between themselves, the Red Sox, and the Yankees.
The Blue Jays have one of the most complete lineups in baseball and the good news continues to be their ability to stay healthy. They rank 3rd in baseball in runs per game, 2nd in both batting average and hits per game, and 1st in home runs per game.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been the driving force for this Blue Jays team all season despite being just 22 years old. The MVP hopeful leads the league in batting average (.320) and home runs (46), 5th in RBI’s (105), and has the 2nd best OPS (1.024). The young slugger is on triple crown watch but will need to make up ground in RBI’s as he is now 10 behind Salvador Perez.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays don’t light up the scoreboard or have an elite rotation, but they seem to do everything great and it shows in their record. They’ve run away with the best record in the American League, which is even more impressive considering they’ve been played one of the toughest schedules in baseball out of the AL East.
With the playoffs quickly approaching, the Rays know games against high-quality competition are crucial to getting them playing winning baseball by the time the postseason rolls around.
The Rays are dealing with two questionable players in Wander Franco (hamstring) and Raylor Wells (illness), hurting their middle infield depth. The rotation is also missing some big arms with Chris Archer (hip), Yonny Chirinos (elbow), and Tyler Glasnow (elbow), all out for the rest of the season.
While Tampa Bay’s offense isn’t quite as explosive as Toronto’s they still rank 2nd in runs per game, which is really all that matters in the end. They rank just 17th in batting average and 11th in hits per game, but rank 6th in home runs per game has helped overcome some of those other limitations.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Blue Jays are 84-66 overall
- Blue Jays are 41-35 on the road
- Rays are 93-58 overall
- Rays are 48-28 at home
Free Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
Tuesday’s game between the Rays and the Blue Jays promises to be one of the most exciting ones on the slate and the Rays will use that home-field advantage to carry through to a win.
The Blue Jays lineup is one to look out for without doubt and while the Rays have struggled in their own right scoring runs of late, they should be able to right the ship, especially as they look to have Walls or Franco back at shortstop.
The Rays know the importance of entering October playing at a high level after last season’s postseason run and are looking to use this week to start to get the momentum going.
I’m taking Tampa Bay in a close one.
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