Austin Meadows and the surging Tampa Bay Rays will head north to Rogers Centre to face off against their divisional rival Toronto Blue Jays. RSN Sports will televise the matchup and the game is scheduled to get going at 7:07 p.m. ET.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds
Oddsmakers have listed Tampa Bay (-190) as the favorite over Toronto (+180). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -115 for over nine runs and -105 for under nine. There’s a runline of Rays -1.5 (-135) and Blue Jays +1.5 (+115) for this matchup.
The Rays are 95-64 SU and have gone 81-78 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle very much this year, gaining 2.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having lost 7.0 units ATS. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 65-94 SU and 78-81 ATS. They’ve lost 14.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.3 units ATS.
Blue Jays games have an over/under record of 74-76-9 in 2019. Rays games have gone over 78 times, gone under 73 times and pushed on eight occasions.
The right-handed Tyler Glasnow is getting the start for Tampa Bay. Glasnow is 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA and 72 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 9.00 ERA against Toronto this year.
The Blue Jays are sending T.J. Zeuch (1-1, 4.58 ERA) to the mound. Zeuch has 16 strikeouts and eight walks as well as a WHIP of 1.47. Zeuch hasn’t faced the Rays yet this year and did not pitch in the majors last season.
Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 5.1 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. The club’s starters have an ERA of 5.31, a WHIP of 1.49 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.5. The bullpen has a 4.36 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 9.1 K/9. In 73 games against divisional opponents, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 5.65 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.62.
Toronto’s hitters are putting up 4.5 runs per outing, including 5.0 per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .214/.296/.429 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
Right fielder Randal Grichuk and third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have led the Blue Jays’ hitters this year. Grichuk is hitting .235/.284/.461 with 31 home runs, 79 RBIs and 74 runs scored, while Guerrero Jr.’s line is .272/.339/.435 with 15 homers, 69 RBIs and 52 runs.
In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.64 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.23 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.67, along with a WHIP of 1.13.
Rays hitters have slashed .254/.328/.432 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game this year, including 4.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).
Austin Meadows and Tommy Pham continue to lead Tampa Bay’s hitters. Meadows is slashing .293/.366/.559 with 32 home runs, 88 RBIs and 82 runs scored. Pham is slashing .273/.368/.446 with 20 homers, 66 RBIs, 75 runs and 23 steals.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – UNDER
Each teams has tallied 17 extra-base hits over its last five contests.
The Rays have won six of their last seven games SU.
Tampa Bay has posted 21.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.6 over its last five.
The Rays have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.