Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/14/14
Tampa Bay Rays (71-78) at Toronto Blue Jays (77-70)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Chris Archer (R) (9-8) (3.628) vs. Mark Buehrle (L) (12-9) (3.313)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -133 / Tampa Bay Rays +123 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, SNET
The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Tampa Bay Rays have lost seven of their last 11 games and are seven games below a .500 record. The Rays pitching staff continues to struggle, allowing four or more runs in four of their last six games. Overall, the Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.49, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve lost 17 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has homered four times in his last 10 games and James Loney has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he’s 9-8 with a 3.63 ERA and has 155 strikeouts in 173.2 innings. Archer is 2-1 with a 3.69 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have won five of their last six games and are seven games above a .500 record. The Blue Jays pitching staff has improved during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.02, which is 24th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Jose Bautista has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Edwin Encarnacion has homered in three of his last 10 games. Starting is Mark Buehrle, who is 12-9 with a 3.31 ERA and has 105 strikeouts in 182 innings. Buehrle is 10-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 27 career games against the Rays.
The Rays are 7-0 in Archers last 7 road starts and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series. The Blue Jays are 19-8 in Buehrles last 27 home starts and 5-1 in Buehrles last 6 starts overall. The Blue Jays are 5-0 in Buehrles last 5 starts vs. Rays.
The Blue Jays need to keep winning, and they have the right pitcher on the mound in Buehrle who has had grwat career success against the Rays. Take the home team here.