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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (59-82) at Toronto Blue Jays (78-63)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

J Odorizzi (9-6) (3.97) vs. F Liriano (7-12) (5.27)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -154 / Tampa Bay Rays +144 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: RSN, SUN

On Monday at Rogers Centre, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Rays just finished up a set against the Yankees. Tampa lost the first three games, and in the finale Sunday Tampa Bay avoided the sweep with a victory. 

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Blue Jays just came off a series versus the Red Sox. The two teams split the first two games, and on Sunday Toronto lost 11-8. 

The Rays will be bringing out RHP Jake Odorizzi on Monday. In his 29 starts and 9-6 record this year, Odorizzi owns a 3.86 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in 165.2 innings. Odorizzi logged a loss his last time up, going four innings with six hits and seven earned against Baltimore. 

It’s not hard to find the stars in the Tampa Bay order. Evan Longoria leads the pack with 152 hits, 71 runs, 31 homers and 85 RBI. Logan Forsythe has hit 121 times with 67 runs and 47 RBI. Brad Miller owns 119 hits with 63 runs, 26 homers and 69 RBI. 

Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll likely be seeing lefty Francisco Liriano on Monday. Liriano will be coming out of the bullpen to get the start here, as the Jays move back to a five-man rotation. Liriano owns 27 games (25 starts) with a 5.27 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in 138.1 innings this year. 

Toronto has some excellent hitters as well. Josh Donaldson sits atop the heap with 147 hits, 111 runs, 34 homers and 92 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has hit 139 times with 87 runs, 37 homers and 112 RBI. Kevin Pillar holds 127 hits, 52 runs, and 48 RBI. 

The Rays are 16-35 in their last 51 game ones of a series, and 5-12 in their last 17 games versus a left-handed starter. Tampa Bay is also 4-1 in Odorizzi’s last five starts, and 1-6 in their last seven Monday games. 

As for the Blue Jays, they’re 5-1 in their last six home games and 2-4 in their last six against the American League East. Toronto is also 2-4 in their last six overall and 1-4 in their last five against a right-handed starter. 

I like Odorizzi here to keep a firm hold on the game. Give me Tampa Bay for a close victory in game one.

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Tampa Bay Rays +144

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