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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/12/14

Tampa Bay Rays (70-77) at Toronto Blue Jays (76-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Nate Karns (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. JA Happ (L) (9-9) (4.405)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -126 / Tampa Bay Rays +116 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays will begin a three-game series Friday at the Rogers Centre.

The Tampa Bay Rays have split their last six games and are seven games below a .500 record. Pitching has been an issue for the Rays, allowing four or more runs in five of their last nine games. Overall, the Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.51, which is ninth in the majors, and they’ve lost 16 straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has an RBI in four of his last five games and James Loney has a five-game hitting streak. Nathan Karns makes his first appearance of the season with this start. Last year, Karns was 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA and had 11 strikeouts in 12 innings for the Washington Nationals.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/12/14

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The Toronto Blue Jays have won four straight and are seven games above a .500 record. The Blue Jays pitching staff has carried the way during this stretch, allowing two or less runs in five of their last seven games. Overall, the Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.04, which is 24th in the majors, and they’ve won nine straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jose Bautista has hit in nine of his last 10 games and Dioner Navarro has an RBI in seven of his last eight games. Starting is J.A. Happ, who is 9-9 with a 4.44 ERA and has 112 strikeouts in 131.2 innings. Happ is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in six career games against the Rays.

The Rays are 23-10 in their last 33 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Blue Jays are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. American League East and 1-6 in Happs last 7 starts overall. The Rays are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

The Blue Jays need to keep winning to have a shot at a playoff spot, they're at home and have the better pitcher on the mound. I don't trust a pitcher making his first start of the season. 

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