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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 9/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays (76-57) at Tampa Bay Rays (56-76)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

M Stroman (9-5) (4.58) vs. A Cobb (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +138 / Toronto Blue Jays -148 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RSN, SUN

Over at Tropicana Field on Friday in MLB action, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays will be kicking off their series. 

The Blue Jays finished up a set against the Orioles this week. Toronto lost Tuesday, but took the other two games and the series. 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 9/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Rays, they played the Red Sox this week. Tampa Bay eked out a 4-3 win on Tuesday but lost the other two games of the set. 

The Blue Jays will be rolling with Marcus Stroman on Friday. In his 26 starts and 9-5 record, Stroman owns a 4.58 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 167 innings overall. Stroman logged a no-decision in six innings against the Twins in his last outing, giving up nine hits and five runs.  

Toronto has some great hitters on their roster. Josh Donaldson has clubbed his way to 144 hits with 106 runs, 34 homers and 92 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has hit 130 times with 83 runs, 36 homers and 106 RBI. Kevin Pillar has logged 119 hits with 50 runs and 46 RBI. 

Over on the Rays’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Alex Cobb in the starting role. It’s been a long time coming for Cobb, who will be making his return to the rotation—his first appearance since September of 2014 (elbow). 

There are a few key hitters in the Rays’ order. Evan Longoria leads the way with 146 hits, 69 runs, 31 homers and 83 RBI. Brad Miller has hit 116 times with 60 runs, 25 homers and 65 RBI. Logan Forsythe sits on 108 hits with 61 runs and 46 RBI. 

The Blue Jays are 5-1 in their last six overall, and 4-1 in their last five against the American League East. Toronto is also 6-2 in their last eight games on astroturf, and 5-2 in their last seven against a team with a losing record. 

Meanwhile, the Rays are 5-2 in their last seven games following a loss, and 7-3 in their last 10 home games. Tampa Bay is also 16-35 in their last 51 game ones of a series, and 8-23 in their last 31 Friday games. 

Toronto is on a pretty good run right now, so I’ll take the Blue Jays in the opener here. Plus I don't quite know what to make of Cobb just yet. 

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