In the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (63-49) and the Tampa Bay Rays (45-65) at the Rogers Centre, R.A. Dickey (8-12, 4.49 ERA) and Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 3.70 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 8 and will air on RSN and SUN.
In his last start, Dickey pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out five in a 2-1 victory over the Astros. Josh Donaldson (.296, 90 Rs, 27 HRs, 77 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rays were victorious over the Royals 12-0 the last time Odorizzi pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking two. Evan Longoria (.281, 55 Rs, 25 HRs, 61 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Toronto is a -142 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Blue Jays perform well as a favorite with a 51-33 record and have an overall money line of zero. They have impressive records of 18-11 as the favorite and 25-20 SU within their division. Toronto has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Toronto has only averaged 3.4 runs per game compared to the 4.8 it's averaged on the season. The Blue Jays are a dangerous hitting team with 369 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Toronto pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 4.1 runs per game. The Blue Jays are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.205.
Across the field, the Rays have a subpar record of 18-29 when they are the underdog and are -2,727 overall with the money line. Against divisional opponents, they are 18-22 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 9-13 record. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Tampa Bay pitchers. They've allowed 3.0 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 4.4. They also allow just 8.6 hits per game, good for fifth in the AL. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per game.
The Rays have gotten the better of the Blue Jays in head-to-head matchups this season, going 6-4. This game will feature Odorizzi (RHP) on the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 48-32 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rays will be the right-hander Dickey. They sport a 33-51 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Blue Jays are 25-20 against their divisional rivals, while the Rays are 18-22 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, Toronto is 24-23, while Tampa Bay is 17-27.
The Rays are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 26-27 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 28-10. The Blue Jays have a 50-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 440 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 535 runs.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 328 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 424.
The Blue Jays are 55-29 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rays are 38-39 when they hit at least one homer.