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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (46-45) at Toronto Blue Jays (45-46)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

D Hutchison (8-2) (5.33) vs. J Odorizzi (5-5) (2.30)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -130 / Tampa Bay Rays +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Friday in Toronto in game one of their MLB series of American League East teams.

The Toronto Blue Jays hit the skids before the All Star Break and now find themselves under .500 for the season. The Blue Jays are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 26-18 at home, and they trail the Yankees in the AL East by 4.5 games. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .264 with Josh Donaldson hitting .293, Jose Reyes hitting .283, and Kevin Pillar hitting .278. The Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.18 with the starters at 4.46 and the bullpen at 3.62. For game one against the Rays the Blue Jays start Drew Hutchison who has allowed 116 hits and 58 earned runs while striking out 91 over 98 innings for an 8-2 record and a 5.33 ERA.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays continue to chase the Yankees in the AL East and they had won three in a row at the All Star break. The Rays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 24-27 at home, and they are 3.5 games back in the AL East standings. As a team the Rays are hitting .240 with Evan Longoria hitting .276, Logan Forsythe hitting .274, and Kevin Kiermaier hitting .248. As a team the Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.56 with the starters at 3.33 and the bullpen at 3.95. For game one in Toronto the Rays start Jake Odorizzi who has allowed 65 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 68 over 82.1 innings for a 5-5 record and a 2.30 ERA.

Toronto is 6-1 in their last seven games following an off day, 9-4 at home against a right-handed starter, and 4-0 in Hutchison’s last four starts. Tampa Bay is 4-11 in their last 15 games, 1-6 as a road underdog, and 5-2 in Odorizzi’s last seven starts against the AL East. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last five games against Toronto.

Hutchison is one of those pitchers who is just so tough to figure out because he is so good at home and so bad on the road; he hasn’t allowed more than one run in a home games since May 20th. While I like Odorizzi, the Jays are the better team.

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