Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/27/14
Tampa Bay Rays (23-28) at Toronto Blue Jays (29-22)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Alex Cobb (R) (1-1) (1.402) vs. Mark Buehrle (L) (8-1) (2.160)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -110 / Tampa Bay Rays +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays look to cool off the white hot Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
Tampa Bay appeared to be catching some steam with four straight wins but running in to an even hotter Toronto squad changed that. The Rays dropped the series opener 10-5 as the pitching struggled throughout with Erik Bedard getting tagged for eight runs (seven earned on 12 hits in four innings. Alex Colome finished up with two more runs plated over four frames but there was too much damage for the bats to overcome. James Loney, David DeJesus and Desmond Jennings each smacked homers and combined for all five RBI's. Tampa Bay turns to Alex Cobb to contain the explosive offense of the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Cobb looks like the man for the job with three consecutive shutouts on ten hits over 20.2 innings.
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The Blue Jays are the hottest team in the game with just a single defeat in the last two weeks. The Jays have been getting their pitching and hitting on the same page in this stretch although the offense did most of the heavy lifting in the series opener. Starter Drew Hutchison wasn't good but didn't need to be with five runs scored on seven hits including three homers over five frames still enough to pick up the win. The Jays pounded out ten hits with Edwin Encarnacion, Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson going deep with Melky Cabrera going 3-3 and driving in three. Veteran left hander Mark Buerhle to the bump hoping to continue his hot work on the mound. Buehrle has posted five straight quality starts and is 8-1 with 2.16 ERA in ten outings.
Toronto will be tested with Cobb not allowing a run in three straight outings but Buehrle is no slouch and has been outstanding as well. Hopefully the Blue Jays hitting and pitching come together again...