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(76-57) Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays (56-76)
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Time: 6:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, Tampa, Florida
Projected Pitchers: TBD vs Chris Archer
MLB Moneyline Odds: Off
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto sits atop the AL East with a 2.0 game lead over Boston, posting the second best record overall in the American League.
The Blue Jays are second in the MLB in Home Runs and equipped with a pitching staff that ranks second in quality starts, fourth in WHIP and fifth in ERA. This team is every essence of the word balanced.
The Jays are fundamentally sound on defense, complemented by a powerful offense that can create separation from opponents with the swing of a bat.
The most dangerous element to Toronto’s offense? Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion is a slugger in every sense of the word, batting .265 with 36 home runs and 106 RBIS.
Factoring in outfield Jose Bautista and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the Jays may in fact have the deadliest heart of the order in all of the MLB.
This does not bode well for the Tampa Bay Rays who come in with an anemic offense and generally mediocre pitching portfolio.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays enter this game with the odds certainly against them.
The Rays have pretty much folded their tents on the 2016 season. The man with the nod for the Rays is Chris Archer, coming in after the Rays deploy strong righty Alex Cobb.
Cobb has been been a bright spot for the Rays, posting an impressive 2.87 ERA, winning 10 games this season.
The Rays can potentially steal one with Cobb on the hill, opening the door for Archer to pick up a win as well.
Archer can fan batters with ease, as he has 202 Ks on the year.
The Rays offense is led by none other than 3B Evan Longoria, who is the embodiment of the term slugger. Longoria is currently hitting .285 with 31 long-balls and 83 RBIs.
As a whole the Rays are one of the worst teams in the MLB in terms of hitting, averaging .243 from the plate placing them 27th in the league.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- the Blue Jays are 6-4 their last 10
- Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 home games.
- Toronto is 6-2 in their last 8 on astroturf.
- Tampa Bay is 8-3 in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- the Rays are 4-6 in their last 10
Free Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Mariners MLB Prediction:
Given the fact the Blue Jays are the team leading the AL East with a record supreme to Tampa Bay’s, it is hard to imagine the Jays not entering as a favorite.
Some of the metrics mentioned further this preposition. Pitchers like Chris Archer can extinguish power hitters, as his game is the strikeout.
Some may chuckle at this with consideration to who is in Toronto’s batting order but pitching almost always beats hitting from a long-term perspective.
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Laying juice on a road favorite is always a dangerous proposition.
Toronto may be able to launch bombs at the Rogers Centre against mediocre hurlers, but power pitchers can stymie many power offenses.
The effects of Alex Cobb the night before can yield potentially good prospects for the Rays if Archer brings his stuff.
Given the fact we can always turn a decent return on a pooch, the Rays are a prime candidate to produce revenue for any taker willing to opt in.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 4-3
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