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Blue Jays vs. Rays - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (17-19) at Toronto Blue Jays (19-21)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

C Archer (2-4) (4.57) vs. M Stroman (4-0) (3.54)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -138 / Tampa Bay Rays +128 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN

The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays play game two of their series Tuesday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Rays have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Tampa Bay Rays offense is starting to heat up, and they’ve won six of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 36 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has 17 RBI and Logan Forsythe has four home runs. Chris Archer gets the nod, and he’s 2-4 with a 4.57 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. Archer is 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA and 101 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays vs. Rays - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Blue Jays could also use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Blue Jays have allowed 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 3.32 and are 0-17 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Kevin Pillar leads Toronto with 41 hits, Josh Donaldson has 21 RBI and Troy Tulowitzki has eight home runs. Marcus Stroman takes the hill, and he’s 4-0 with a 3.54 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Stroman is 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 1-6 in Archers last 7 road starts. The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 15-5 in Stromans last 20 starts. The Rays are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto. 

Two aces on the hill, I have to take the Blue Jays at home simply because they have the better lineup and Archer hasn't looked like himself so far this season. Stroman hasn't lost this year and the Blue Jays play well at home overall.

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Toronto Blue Jays -138

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