Friday major league baseball and we will see the Tampa Bay Rays travel to the Rogers Centre to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in game 1 of their 3 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 7:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Tampa Bay +120
Over/ Under: 8.5 U -115
Tampa Bay led the AL East for much of the first half of the season, but they are not okaying good ball at all right now as they have won just 6 of their last 21 games to fall to 2nd place and 3.5 games behind the Yanks in the East. The Blue Jays have also struggled of late as they are just 4-10 in their last 14 games, but still they are just 4.5 games behind the Yanks for first place in their division. The Rays are 23-20 on the road, while the Jays are 26-18 at home for the season.
The Rays rank 26th in scoring (3.65 rpg), 25th in hitting (.240) and 16th in homers (78), while on the mound they are 8th in ERA (3.56) and 8th in WHIP (1.22). Toronto ranks 1st in scoring (5.34 rpg), 5th in hitting (.264) and 3rd in homers (115), while on the mound they are 3rd in ERA (4.18) and 19th in WHIP (1.30).
Getting the ball for the Rays tonight will be Jake Odorizzi, who is 5-5 with a 2.30 ERA in 13 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA. Jake is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 4 career starts vs the Jays.
Taking the hill for the Blue Jays tonight will be Drew Hutchison, who is 8-2 with a 5.33 ERA ERA in 18 starts this year, while at home he has gone 6-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 8 starts. Drew is 3-2 with a 6.16 ERA in 6 career starts vs the Rays.
Pick: Let's go with the Jays in this one. Both teams have struggled, but i see the Rays struggles continuing in the 2nd half, while the Jays should head the other way. On the surface the pitching matchup looks like it favors Odorizzi over Hutchison, but with drew pitching at home i feel it gives him the edge. Yes Drew is 8-2 with a 5.33 ERA overall this year, but at home he has gone 6-1 with a 2.12 ERA, while Jake is just 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA on the road. The Jays offense has put up 5.66 rpg at home, while Tampa has scored just 3.77 rpg on the road. To me the edges all point to the Jays in this one.
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