Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/28/14
Tampa Bay Rays (23-29) at Toronto Blue Jays (30-22)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Chris Archer (R) (3-2) (4.105) vs. Liam Hendriks (R) (1-0) (1.587)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +107 / Tampa Bay Rays -117 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, SNET
The Toronto Blue Jays will go for the sweep over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre.
As it’s been the case all season, the Rays pitching staff simply can’t keep runs off the board, as they’ve allowed 19 runs in the first two games of this series. The Rays team ERA is 21st in the league and they are 6-24 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, the Rays have scored five or more runs in four straight and Evan Longoria has scored at least one run in four straight games. Getting the nod Wednesday is Chris Archer, who is 3-2 with a 4.11 ERA and has 52 strikeouts in 57 innings. Archer is 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in four career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Blue Jays have won eight straight games and have improved to nine games above a .500 record. During this stretch, the Blue Jays have scored five or more runs in six of those wins and are 24-11 when scoring more than three runs. The big difference for the Blue Jays has been their pitching, as they’ve held teams to two or less runs in four of their last six games. That’s a big difference for a Blue Jays squad that has 24st worst ERA. Liam Hendricks will get the start, and he’s 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and has three strikeouts in 5.2 innings. This will be Hendricks’ second career start against the Rays.
The Rays are 5-0 in Archer's last 5 starts as an underdog and 10-3 in Archer's last 13 starts vs. American League East.. The Blue Jays are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series and 17-5 in their last 22 overall.
With the way both teams are hitting the ball, I like the over in this matchup. The Blue Jays are scoring runs in boatloads and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.