Rays vs Blue Jays Prediction MLB Picks Today 9/22

Rays vs Blue Jays Prediction MLB Picks Today 9/22

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Team Preview and Over/Under Prediction

Get ready for an exciting clash in the MLB as the Toronto Blue Jays face off against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. This matchup is set to be a thrilling battle of baseball titans, and in this comprehensive team preview, we will delve deep into the strengths of both teams and provide our prediction.

The outcome of this game could have significant implications for the playoff race, so every pitch and swing will be crucial. Let's dive into what makes these two teams stand out.

 

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays have had an impressive season, boasting an 85-67 record, including a formidable 44-33 record on the road. One of the key factors behind their success has been their potent offense, capable of lighting up the scoreboard at any moment.

Batting Leaders:

Leading the charge for the Blue Jays is none other than Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who has emerged as one of the brightest stars in baseball. Guerrero has been a standout performer with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs, making him a pivotal figure in their explosive lineup. His ability to change the game with a single swing of the bat is a constant threat to opposing pitchers.

Pitching Overview:

On the pitching front, Chris Bassitt is set to take the mound for the Blue Jays in this crucial game. Bassitt boasts a 14-8 record with a 3.78 ERA, demonstrating his ability to deliver quality starts. He'll have the pivotal role of trying to keep the potent Rays' offense in check and give his team a chance to win.

Recent Form:

The Blue Jays have been in fine form recently, winning 5 of their last 6 games. Their recent performances reflect their determination to secure a spot in the playoffs, and they'll look to continue their winning ways against the Rays.

 

Tampa Bay Rays

On the other side of the diamond, the Tampa Bay Rays have been nothing short of dominant this season. With a stellar 94-60 record, including an impressive 52-26 record at home, they've established themselves as one of the top teams in the league. Their well-rounded roster presents challenges for any opponent.

Batting Strengths:

Isaac Paredes has emerged as a power hitter for the Rays, belting 29 home runs and amassing 92 RBIs. His ability to drive in runs consistently has been a vital part of the Rays' offensive firepower. Paredes is the type of player who can turn the tide of a game with one swing.

Pitching Advantages:

When it comes to the pitching department, Tyler Glasnow is the Rays' ace, and he's been a reliable one throughout the season. With a 9-6 record and a 3.53 ERA, Glasnow has the capability to dominate opposing batters. His presence on the mound is always a reassuring sight for Rays' fans.

Recent Form:

The Rays have been defending their home turf with authority, winning 9 of their last 14 games. Their recent performances showcase their ability to maintain a high level of play, even against tough opponents like the Blue Jays.

 

Prediction

This highly anticipated matchup promises to be an offensive showdown between two high-scoring teams. With the likes of Chris Bassitt and Tyler Glasnow on the mound, both capable of delivering quality starts, the focus will undoubtedly be on the bats. Tyler Glasnow has a record of 0-3 with an ERA of 6.88 and 44 strikeouts in 8 appearances against the Blue Jays in his career and Chris Bassitt has a record of 0-2 with an ERA of 2.45 and 19 strikeouts in 4 appearances against the Rays in his career.

Considering the offensive prowess of both teams and the quality of the pitchers, we anticipate a high-scoring affair. The Over/Under line is set at 7.5 runs, and we firmly believe this game has the potential to exceed that total.

With hitters like Guerrero Jr. and Paredes in the lineup, along with the hitters' friendly Tropicana Field, runs are likely to come in abundance. Therefore, our prediction is to take the OVER of 7.5 runs in this game. Brace yourselves for an offensive spectacle!

 

Pick: Over 7.5 runs

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