Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (45-66) at Toronto Blue Jays (64-49)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Blake Snell (3-4) (2.95) vs. J Happ (15-3) (3.09)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -190 / Tampa Bay Rays +180 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, SUN
The Rays and the Jays will be getting together for MLB action once again on Wednesday, as Tampa Bay heads to Rogers Centre to visit Toronto.
Toronto took the opener of this series 7-5. On Tuesday in game two, the Rays managed a dominant 9-2 victory.
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Toeing the rubber for the Rays on Wednesday will be southpaw Blake Snell. Over his 10 starts and 3-4 record this year, Snell owns a 2.95 ERA with a 1.40 ERA in 55 innings. In a no-decision against the Twins his last time out, Snell put up 5.1 innings with four hits and one earned.
It’s pretty easy to find the star players on the Tampa Bay order. Evan Longoria is way out front on 123 hits with 57 runs, 25 homers and 64 RBI. Brad Miller has hit 98 times with 52 runs, 20 homers and 48 runs. Logan Forsythe has hit 96 times with 55 runs, 13 homers and 32 RBI. Forsythe slapped a homer on Tuesday.
On the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty J.A. Happ on the mound Wednesday. In his 22 starts and 15-3 record this year, Happ holds a 3.09 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 137 innings. Happ put up a win in his last outing, allowing just one earned on four hits against the Astros through six innings.
Toronto has a pretty enviable batch of hitters themselves. Josh Donaldson has logged 125 hits with 90 runs, 27 homers and 77 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion sits on 112 hits with 69 runs, 31 homers and 94 RBI. Kevin Pillar has hit 110 times with 45 runs and 45 RBI, but is currently on the shelf with an injury.
The Rays are 4-1 in their last five Wednesday games, and 1-5 in their last six games versus a left-handed starter. Tampa Bay is also 3-7 in Snell’s last 10 starts, and 0-5 in Snell’s last five starts with four days’ rest.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 37-18 in their last 55 Wednesday games, and 4-0 in Happ’s last four starts in game three of a series. Toronto is also 19-7 in Happ’s last 26 home starts, and 19-7 in Happ’s last 26 starts overall.
I like the way Happ is throwing right now, so I’ll take Toronto here. This should be a low-scoring game with Snell on the other side, though, so the under isn’t a bad play either.