R.A. Dickey (2-4, 4.31 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (19-22) go up against Jake Odorizzi (0-2, 3.83 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (18-19) in the last of a three-game division series at the Rogers Centre. The Rays won the last game 12-2, and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 18 and will air on RSN and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Dickey pitched 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-0 victory over the Rangers. The Rays were unsuccessful against the Athletics 6-3 the last time Odorizzi pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out two and walking one. Steve Pearce (.301, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Rays, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Toronto -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
The Rays have mostly come out on top against the Blue Jays in their previous nine games this season, earning a 5-4 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
This season, the Rays hold an even 10-10 record against AL East teams. The Blue Jays sit at 10-12 against these opponents.
For the fifth time this season, the Blue Jays registered at least two errors in a game.
The Blue Jays are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 2-0 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
It looks like the Rays have a slight leg up on the Blue Jays, as the Rays have won their last two games while the Blue Jays have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 13-5. The Rays have a 13-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 153 this season. Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 165.
Ranking 23rd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 110 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five with 150.
The Blue Jays are 16-12 when they hit at least one home run. The Rays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 16-13 record.