Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 9/28/13
Tampa Bay Rays (90-70) at Toronto Blue Jays (73-87)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Chris Archer (R) (9-7) (3.206) vs. JA Happ (L) (4-7) (4.852)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +140 / Tampa Bay Rays -155 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
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The Tampa Bay Rays look to resume their Wild Card chase against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
Tampa Bay has been one of the hottest teams in the game over the past several weeks with seven consecutive victories before dropping a 6-3 decision to the Blue Jays on Friday. The bats and arms have generally been on the same page in this stretch but starter Jeremy Hellickson continued to stumble with six runs allowed (three earned) over 4.2 frames. That was way too much for the Rays offense to compete with on six hits with Delmon Young and Ben Zobrist hammering solo home runs. Tampa Bay sends Chris Archer to the bump to face the Blue Jays on Saturday. Archer struggled in a 5-4 win over Baltimore (ND) with all four runs allowed on five hits including two home runs in 4.1 innings.
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The Blue Jays haven't had the season many expected with their revamped lineup but beating Tampa Bay had to be very satisfying as it halted the Rays Wild Card drive for at least a day. The work on the mound and at the plate hasn't been on the same page often enough in 2013 but both were more then strong Saturday. RA Dickey had his knuckleball working with only two runs given up on five hits through 7.1 frames to finish the season at 14-13. The bats totaled eight hits and walked four times with Moises Sierra rapping a pair of run scoring singles. Left hander JA Happ takes the ball to face the dangerous Tampa Bay offense. Happ looks to rebound froma a 3-2 defeat to the White Sox where he gave up all three runs on eight hits over five runs.
Tampa Bay has to get right back in the win column with Cleveland and Texas still in the Wild Card chase and I think they have the advantage in most areas with plenty of incentive...