The Tampa Bay Rays will be taking the field against their divisional rival Toronto Blue Jays. The game gets underway 3:07 p.m. ET and RSN Sports will be showing the matchup.
Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Odds
The Blue Jays are 65-95 straight up (SU) and 78-81 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 14.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.3 units ATS. The Rays, on the other hand, have gone 96-64 SU this year and are 81-78 ATS. They’re up 2.6 units for moneyline gamblers, but have lost 7.0 units ATS.
Blue Jays games have had an over/under record of 74-76-9 in 2019. The Rays have an over/under record of 78-73-8.
Ryan Yarbrough will get the start for the visiting Rays. The left-handed Yarbrough (11-5, 4.08 ERA) has recorded 114 strikeouts in 136.2 innings so far. He’s 3-0 with 11 strikeouts and a 1.15 ERA against Toronto this year.
The Blue Jays are turning to righty Trent Thornton (5-9, 5.00 ERA), who’s got 141 strikeouts and 57 walks, along with a 1.42 WHIP. Thornton is 0-1 with 14 strikeouts and an 8.44 ERA over four starts against Tampa Bay this year.
Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.22 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.67, along with a K/9 of 9.60.
The Rays offense has slashed .254/.328/.433 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).
Austin Meadows and Tommy Pham have led Tampa Bay’s offense. Meadows is slashing .293/.366/.563 with 33 home runs, 89 RBIs and 83 runs scored. Pham (.273/.367/.449) is up to 21 homers, 68 RBIs, 76 runs and 23 stolen bases.
In the home-team dugout, Toronto’s pitching staff has given up 5.2 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.31 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.36 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 9.1 K/9. In 74 games against AL East opponents, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 5.64 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.62.
The Toronto hitters have produced 4.5 runs per outing, including 4.9 per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .206/.296/.433 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
Outfielder Randal Grichuk and third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have led the Blue Jays’ batters this year. Grichuk is slashing .233/.282/.458 with 31 home runs, 79 RBIs and 74 runs scored, and Guerrero Jr.’s line is .272/.339/.433 with 15 homers, 69 RBIs and 52 runs.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jays, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – UNDER
Both teams have tallied 17 extra-base hits over their last five outings.
The Rays have won seven of their last eight games SU.
Toronto has recorded 23.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 19.4 over its last five.
The Rays have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
The Rays have a team OPS of .760 this season and an OPS of .764 against right-handed pitchers. The Blue Jays’ OPS stands at .732 overall and .726 against righties.