Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick - 9/27/13
Tampa Bay Rays (90-69) at Toronto Blue Jays (72-87)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Jeremy Hellickson (R) (11-9) (5.228) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (13-13) (4.265)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -112 / Tampa Bay Rays +102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-San Diego, CSN-Bay
The Tampa Bay Rays travel to the Rogers Centre to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
Tampa Bay has been as hot as any team in the game and that includes the American League East champion Red Sox. The Rays are battling for the home field advantage in the Wild Card and took another step in that direction after knocking off the Yankees 4-0 Thursday for their ninth win in eleven contests. The story of this one was the pitching of Alex Cobb who tossed a three hit shuut out through seven frames. The bats took care of business with Evan Longoria knocking in three runs with Delmon Young cracking a solo homer. Jeremy Hellickson toes the rubber against the Blue Jays looking for some positives heading in to the postseason. Hellickson enjoyed a nice hot streak in the middle of the season but has been a mess since with a 5.16 ERA overall.
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The Blue Jays hopes of finishing the season on a little bit of a run heading in to the off season hasn't materialized with the team dropping seven of eleven following a 3-2 loss at Baltimore on Thursday. The bats and arms haven't been consistent throughout the year and that's been the case over the last few weeks with the offense shouldering the blame Thursday. Starter Mark Buehrle gave up eight hits and three runs in just 3.1 frames but the bull pen was outstanding with 4.2 scoreless innings. The damage was done with the Jays six hit attack not getting many scoring chances. The Blue Jays turn to RA Dickey for his final start of the 2013 campaign. Dickey has had a few ups and downs on the year and it was down in a 5-2 defeat to the Red Sox with all five runs given up over eight frames.
I think what we have to decide here is do we take the better team with a lousy pitcher or Toronto who is struggling. I'm taking the better team but Hellickson is awful and won't see significant work in the postseason so I say look else where...