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Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Picks & Betting Tips - Red-Hot Jays To Take Game 2

  • Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays gets underway at 19:07 ET
  • Drew Rasmussen (2-0, 2.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) starts for Tampa Bay
  • Jose Berrios (11-7, 3.52 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) starts for Toronto
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    Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Picks & Betting Tips
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Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Picks & Betting Tips


Tampa Bay has the best record in the AL and has all but locked up a third straight trip to the playoffs.

Meanwhile, red-hot Toronto has a legitimate chance of reaching the postseason in back-to-back years since the early 1990s.   

Tampa Bay (89-55) holds a 5.0 game lead over Houston for the best record in the American League and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Rays also hold a 8 game advantage in the East over the Blue Jays with 18 contests left. 

The Rays have lost two straight and 5 of 7. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
Tampa Bay is 44-29 on the road and 56-30 vs. RHPs.

Rasmussen has pitched well since moving into the rotation The 26-year-old is 1-0 with a 2.83 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP in 27 innings over 7 starts. He also has struck out 20 and walked 5 during this stretch.

Toronto (81-63) sits 1.0 game ahead of Boston and New York Yankees for both second place in the East. The Blue Jays are also a game ahead of the Red Sox and Yankees for the top of the wild card spot. They are one-half game ahead of the New York Yankees for the final playoff spot.  

The Blue Jays have won four straight and are 9-1 over the last 10.
Toronto is 40-29 at home and 60-43 vs. RHPs. 

Berrios has given up over a one-hit per inning since coming over from Minnesota. He is 4-2 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.27 WHIP as he has given up 47 hits over 44.2 innings of work in 8 starts. The 27-year-old has also stuck out 51 and walked 10 during this stretch.

Head To Head 


Toronto defeated Tampa Bay 8-1 on Monday night as the Blue Jays rapped out 17 hits. Teoscar Hernandez, one of four Blue Jays to record three hits, went 5-for-5 while Vlad Guerrero Jr. (45) and Bo Bichette (24). Alex Manoah (6-2) limited the Rays to 1 hit over 8 shutout innings and struck out 10.

The Blue Jays have won the last two meetings, but the Rays lead the season series 8-6, which includes winning 5 of 8 at the Rogers Centre. The Rays have outscored the Jays 63-61 in the series. 

Tampa Bay has won 27 of 44 games against Toronto over the last three years. The Rays lead the all-time series 225-188.

Tampa Bay Rays Form


Tampa Bay has lost two in a row and 5 of 8. 

The Rays are 5-7 in September, with a 0-run differential (66-66). The Rays are 3-4 on their nine-game road trip. 

Tampa started the month by losing the final two games of its four-game home series against Boston as the Rays managed just two runs in those contests. 

The Rays remained at home against Minnesota taking the first two contests before falling in Game 3 of the series. 

Tampa Bay then hit the road and took two of three games from Boston. But the Rays turned around and lost two of three to the Tigers in Detroit. 

Tampa’s offense is averaging 5.7 runs over the 14 games with a slash line of .255/.323/.467.

The Rays’ pitching staff is 7-7 over this 14-game stretch with a 4.87 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and .277 OBA.

Toronto Blue Jays Form


Toronto has won four straight and 15 of 17 overall.

The Blue Jays are 12-1 in September, outscoring their opponents 112-56.

Toronto began the month with a 5-4 home victory over Baltimore to win the series 2-1. 

The Blue Jays then swept a three-game home series against Oakland and a four-game road series from the New York Yankees. 

After seeing their season-high 8-game winning streak snapped at Baltimore in Game 1, The Jays scored 44 runs over the next three games to win the series 3-1 – which included putting up 22 runs in the series finale on Sunday.

The Blue Jays offense is averaging 8.2 runs over the last 15 games while compiling a slash line of .315/.397/.611.

Toronto’s pitching staff is 13-2 over this 15 game-stretch with a 3.95 ERA,1.13 WHIP, and .221 OBA.

Verdict

Tampa Bay is in its worst form since losing five straight in late June -early July. The Rays have struggled on at the plate over the last seven games, producing a little over 4 runs and striking out nearly 10 times a game. The Rays are hitting under .200 against the Blue Jays and their pitching staff has been battered lately as well.

Toronto is playing its best baseball of the season and the Blue Jays, who have the best offense in the majors, has been raking at the plate over the last two-plus weeks recording an OPS of 1.007.
 
Berrios, who has pitched better at night, has given up three or fewer runs in six of his eight starts with the Blue Jays. Plus, while Berrios has not faced Tampa Bay this year, he has had a lot of success against several of the current members of the Rays,

Best Bet: Toronto Blue Jays Moneyline @-149.25 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units

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