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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/1/14

Toronto Blue Jays (0-0) at Tampa Bay Rays (0-0)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Drew Hutchison (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Alex Cobb (R) (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -149 / Toronto Blue Jays +139 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNET, SunSports

The Tampa Bay Rays look to begin the year 2-0 when they take the field with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday.

The key for Toronto in their opener was RA Dickey and whether the butterfly pitch was working or not. The boxscore says it wasn't working with Dickey struggling with his control and the Rays hitters. Dickey gave up six runs on five hits and six base on balls with Jeremy Jeffress giving up three more in the 8th of a 9-2 defeat on opening day Monday. This wasn't a good way to kick things off with the bats unable to get anything going. Toronto totaled seven hits and walked once with Erk Kratz accounting for the scoring with a pinch hit two run bomb in the 8th that scored Josh Thole. Drew Hutchinson has 12 career starts, all in 2012 where he went 5-3 with a 4.60 ERA.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/1/14

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The success of Tampa Bay in the rugged American League East is assumed to be based on whether the offense can consistently score. The Rays have the firepower on the mound and some run support would go a long way or so goes the thought process. Things followed that script perfectly in Monday's 9-2 opening day decision over Toronto at Tropicana Field. Ace left hander David Price was at the top of his game with 7.1 scoreless frames before allowing a two run homer that ended his outing with six hits and a free pass allowed. The offense had runners on base the entire afternoon on eleven hits and eight walks. Wil Myers paced the offense with three hits and two RBI's along with two runs with Matt Joyce doubling and driving in three. Alex Cobb takes the mound Tuesday having faced the Jays once in 2013 where he alloed a run on three hits in a 4-3 win.

I am favoring Tampa Bay although I am not a fan of big juice. I am hoping the Rays keep scoring and Cobb holds Toronto at bay once again...

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