Rays vs Blue Jays Prediction MLB Picks for Today 5/22

Rays vs Blue Jays Prediction MLB Picks for Today 5/22

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Introduction

Welcome to our MLB prediction and picks article for the highly anticipated matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays. As experienced MLB experts, we are here to provide you with valuable insights to enhance your betting strategies. In this review, we will analyze the pitching, hitting, and injury updates for both teams. We will explain why the Toronto Blue Jays have a strong chance of securing a victory against the Rays.

 

Toronto Blue Jays: Pitching Analysis

The Toronto Blue Jays will rely on Chris Bassitt as their starting pitcher. Bassitt has been exceptional recently, as evidenced by his 23 consecutive innings without allowing a single run. His 5-2 record, 3.05 ERA, and 1.02 WHIP reflect his dominant performances this season. With Bassitt on the mound, the Blue Jays have a reliable and consistent pitcher who can stifle opposing offenses.

 

Tampa Bay Rays: Pitching Analysis

The Tampa Bay Rays will counter with Trevor Kelley, who has struggled in limited appearances this season. With a 7.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP, Kelley has found it challenging to keep opposing hitters at bay. Against the potent Blue Jays lineup, Kelley will face a tough task in containing their offensive firepower.

 

Toronto Blue Jays: Hitting Analysis

Offensively, the Toronto Blue Jays have been led by Bo Bichette, who boasts a .320 batting average, 9 home runs, and 30 RBIs. Bichette's consistent production has been instrumental in the team's success. Alongside Bichette, the Blue Jays have other key contributors, such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who leads the league in several offensive categories. With their powerful lineup, the Blue Jays have the ability to generate runs against any pitching staff.

 

Tampa Bay Rays: Hitting Analysis

The Tampa Bay Rays possess a strong offensive lineup as well. Yandy Diaz leads the team with a .329 batting average and 11 home runs, while Randy Arozarena has contributed with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. The Rays' lineup has been productive throughout the season, but they may face challenges against the dominant pitching of Chris Bassitt.

 

Injury Update

The Toronto Blue Jays have a relatively clean injury report, with only Santiago Espinal listed as day-to-day. With the majority of their key players healthy and performing well, the Blue Jays have a fully operational lineup ready to compete against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays have dealt with the absence of Tyler Glasnow due to a 15-day injured list placement. However, the team has managed to perform exceptionally well despite the setback, showcasing their depth and resilience.

 

Prediction

While the Tampa Bay Rays have been dominant this season, Chris Bassitt's recent performance makes him a formidable opponent. With his impressive 23-inning scoreless streak, Bassitt has shown that he has the ability to shut down even the strongest lineups. Against Trevor Kelley and a struggling Rays pitcher, the Blue Jays' potent offense is likely to find success. We predict that the Toronto Blue Jays will come out on top in this matchup against the Rays.

 

Pick: Blue Jays ML +115

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