Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 1 (7/1): MLB

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 1 (7/1): MLB

Credit: photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 3:07 p.m. EST
Rays money line +108
Rays run line +1.5 (-170)
Blue Jays money line -130
Blue Jays run line -1.5 (+145)
Over / under 9

 

Key stats

  Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
Record 40-35 43-33
Road / home record 15-18 24-15
Last 10 record 4-6 5-5
Streak L3 W1
Over / under record 33-38-4 41-38-1
Runs / game 4.03 4.73
Runs allowed / game 3.82 4.39

 

Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays will play  the 2nd game of the series at the Rogers Centre on Friday. The Blue Jays took the win 4-1 in the first game of the series. Kikuchi (3-4) gave up one run and four hits in his longest outing since his last victory.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays get to this game with a 40-35 record and have won 3 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4 runs. They're batting for .234 AVG, 398 runs scored in 577 hits and 67 home runs, ranking #25 in offense in the league behind the Washington Nationals. Ji-Man Choi leads the team, batting for a .289 avg with 6 home runs and 35 RBI. Isaac Paredes has 10 home runs for the Rays. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.82 runs per game and rank #5 in the league. Shane McClanahan leads the team with a 1.77 ERA, 123 strikeouts and 8 wins recorded for the Rays.

Probable Pitcher:

Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.45 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rays in the 2nd game of the series. In the victory over the Pirates on Saturday, Kluber pitched 5.1 innings, surrendering two runs on five hits and striking out six. He did not factor in the decision. He has a 2-4 record with an ERA of 4.50 and 57 strikeouts in 10 appearances against the Blue Jays in his career.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays get here with a 43-32 record and have won 3 of their last 4 games. The team is averaging 4.7 runs per game and they're batting for .257 AVG, have 357 runs scored in 656 hits and 99 home runs, ranking #7 in offense in the league behind the St Louis Cardinals. Vladimir Guerrero Jr leads the team with .268 ERA, 46 RBI and 18 home runs. Alejandro Kirk is batting for .325 AVG.

Defensively as they are allowing 4.3 runs per game and rank #20 in the league. Alek Manoah leads the team with a 2.05 ERA and 79 strikeouts recording 9 wins for the Jays.

Probable Pitcher:

Jose Berrios (5-4, 5.86 ERA) will be on the mound for the Blue Jays in the 2nd game of the series. Berrios took the loss to the Brewers on Sunday, allowing eight runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking two across 2.2 innings. He is 0-3 with an ERA of 5.76 and 28 strikeouts in 5 appearances against the Rays in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Tampa Bay are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games against an opponent in the American League East Division division.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games against Tampa Bay.

Toronto are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home.

Prediction

The Rays continue to struggle against the top teams this season and they are averaging only 3.3 runs per game in their last 10 games. They'll send Corey Kluber to the mound who has allowed no more than 2 runs per game in his last 2 starts. Toronto will send Jose Berrios to start this game who has allowed only 2 runs in his last 14 innigs piched. Expect another low scoring game and with the under cashing in 5 of the last 6 head to head games, I think that's the best play again.

PICK: Under 9 (-110)

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