In the first of a four-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (4-2) and the Tampa Bay Rays (4-2) at the Rogers Centre, R.A. Dickey (0-0, 1.42 ERA) and Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 0.00 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and will air on SunSports and RSN.
Dickey is 6-5 with a 4.14 ERA and 1.13 WHIP against the Rays in his career. Jose Reyes (.417 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Blue Jays, Odorizzi is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA, 16 strikeouts and three walks. Kevin Kiermaier (.381 ) has been doing well to start the season for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Toronto, a -146 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Tampa Bay. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs.
Across the field, the Rays have a record of 1-2 when they are the underdog and are -122 overall with the money line. The Rays are known for their bats, hitting 22 extra base hits. The Rays average 4.8 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 9.0 strikeouts per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Blue Jays hold a 4-2 record against the AL East Division this season, while the Rays have a 1-2 record against the division.
In extra innings, the Rays are 0-1.
When outhit, both the Blue Jays and the Rays have records of 0-1.
Tied at seventh for total home runs, Toronto and Tampa Bay have each hit six homers this season.
Ranking ninth, Tampa Bay is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 6.80 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.20.
Toronto and Tampa Bay both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Toronto sits at 10th with an OPS of .690 and Tampa Bay ranks seventh with an OPS of .766.
The Rays are 1-2 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 4-1 when they allow at least one homer.