Date/Time: May 9th, 7:10 PM ET
Television: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds from Bookmaker
Probable Starters: Dickey (Toronto) vs. Price (Tampa Bay)
Moneyline: Rays -155
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays have been relatively disappointing teams this season. They're going to go to battle against one another for the fourth time in this series on Thursday in MLB betting action against each other at Tropicana Field.
The Jays took a big step forward this week by taking two of the first three games in this series, but they have a long ways to go if they are ultimately going to go on to get back in the AL East race. Part of the problem has been that RHP R.A. Dickey hasn't lived up to the contract that Toronto gave him after trading for him in the offseason. The knuckleballer hasn't gotten any help whatsoever this year, as the team is giving him just 1.9 runs of support per game. However, that doesn't excuse the fact that he has a 5.36 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in his seven starts this season. Dickey has three straight losses in successive starts, and his most recent outing was arguably his worst start of the year. The righty allowed seven runs in six innings against the lowly Seattle Mariners, and perhaps the most disturbing part of all is the fact that he allowed three homers. For a knuckleball pitcher, allowing so many home runs is bad news for sure.
Though Tampa Bay isn't catching the same type of heat that Toronto has, there is no doubt that this is a team that has to play a lot better ball this year if it is going to challenge for a postseason spot in the toughest division in baseball. Again, just as we haven't seen the best out of Dickey this season, we certainly haven't seen the best out of the defending Cy Young Award winner, LHP David Price. Price is just 1-3 on the season, and the Rays are 1-6 in his seven starts. Price now has two starts this season in which he has allowed at least eight runs, and that includes when he conceded nine runs in 6.2 innings against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. To show you just how badly Price has pitched this season in relation to last year, he has already allowed half the number of home runs (8) as he did last season (16), and he already has allowed more than half of the earned runs (31) as he did in 2012 (60). Obviously, this isn't the form that a 20-game winner is allowed to be in if he is going to reach that milestone, and Price is nowhere near.
That's why we're a bit puzzled why the 'total' is so low in this game. These two pitchers have struggled and struggled mightily, and we don't see this changing when push comes to shove. These two offenses have combined for 14, 10, and 15 runs in the three games in this series, so getting to eight shouldn't be all that difficult.
Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays Pick: Over 7