Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 2 (7/2): MLB

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 2 (7/2): MLB

Credit: photo by Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 12:07 p.m. EST
Rays money line +110
Rays run line +1.5 (-185)
Blue Jays money line -132
Blue Jays run line -1.5 (+160)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
Record 40-36 44-33
Road / home record 15-19 25-15
Last 10 record 4-6 6-4
Streak L4 W2
Over / under record 34-38-4 42-38-1
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 3rd game of the series at the Rogers Centre on Saturday. The Blue Jays outscored the Rays 9-2 to take the lead 2-0 on the series. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 3 for 3 with a solo home run and also walked. Cavan Biggio was 2 for 2 with two doubles and two walks, and also scored twice.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays get to this game with a 40-36 record and have lost 4 games in a row. 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:

Shane McClanahan (8-3, 1.77 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rays in the 3rd game of the series. McClanahan (8-3) got the win against Pittsburgh on Sunday, striking out 10 and allowing one run on four hits in seven innings. He has a 0-1 record with an ERA of 3.14 and 14 strikeouts in 3 appearances against the Blue Jays in his career.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays get here with a 44-32 record and have won 4 of their last 6 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:

Kevin Gausman (6-6, 2.93 ERA) will be on the mound for the Blue Jays in the 3rd game of the series. Gausman yielded four hits and two walks over seven shutout innings Monday, striking out 10 and earning a win over Boston. He is 7-7 with an ERA of 3.99 and 96 strikeouts in 18 appearances against the Rays in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Tampa Bay Rays are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games on the road.

Tampa Bay Rays are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games against Tampa Bay.

Toronto are 5-1 SU in their last 6 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 but they'll send their best pitcher to start this game. Shane McClanahan has been insane this season and has allowed no more than 1 run in each of his last 4 starts. The Blue Jays offense continue to stay hot but they'll have a tough test against McClanaha. Kevin Gausman has been good lately but I think we can't let go the plus money with the Rays having McClanahan on the mound. Take the Rays.

PICK: Rays ML (+110)

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