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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/11/14

Toronto Blue Jays (48-45) at Tampa Bay Rays (42-52)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Mark Buehrle (L) (10-6) (2.596) vs. Chris Archer (R) (5-5) (3.157)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -144 / Toronto Blue Jays +134 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue jays face off on Friday at Tropicana Field in game one of their series.

The Tampa Bay Rays have gone through some tough times this season but they are trying to scratch their way back into relevance with strong play of late. The Rays are 20-27 at home this season, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are comi9ng off of a tough loss on Wednesday. As a team the Rays are hitting .250 with Kevin Kiermaier hitting .297, James Loney hitting .277, and Evan Longoria hitting .262. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.86 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 3.88. For game one of their series wit the Blue Jays the Rays start Chris Archer who has won his last two decisions, For the season Archer has allowed 98 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 94 over 108.1 innings for a  5-5 record and a 3.16 ERA.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/11/14

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The Toronto Blue Jays were one of the hottest teams in baseball a month ago but they have cooled off and are in second place in the AL East. The Blue Jays are 23-24 on the road, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss in their last game. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .258 with Melky Cabrera hitting .301, Jose Bautista hitting .292, and Jose Reyes hitting .269. The Toronto pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.99 with the starters at 3.85 and the bullpen at 4.27. For game one against the Rays the Blue Jays start mark Buehrle who has lost his last five starts. For the season Buehrle has allowed 120 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 70 over 121.1 innings for a 10-6 record and a 2.60 ERA.

Tampa Bay is 4-0 following a loss, 9-3 in their last 12 games, and 9-4 in Archer’s last 13 starts. Toronto is 12-5 in game one of a series, 1-8 in their last in their last nine road games, 5-1 Buehrle’s last six starts against a team with a losing record. Toronto has won five of their last six games against Tampa Bay.

The Jays look to be in trouble and they are catching the Rays at the wrong time and I like Tampa Bay here. 

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