Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/24/14
Tampa Bay Rays (63-66) at Toronto Blue Jays (66-63)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Chris Archer (R) (8-6) (3.173) vs. Drew Hutchison (R) (8-11) (4.813)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +107 / Tampa Bay Rays -117 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, SNET
The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Tampa Bay Rays have split their last 10 games and are three games below .500. The Rays inconsistent play over the last week isn’t allowing them to make up much ground in the standings. One thing that has been solid is their pitching, as the Rays have allowed three or less runs in 14 of their last 18 games. Overall, the Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.44, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last eight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Ben Zobrist has two RBIs in this series. Starting is Chris Archer, who is 8-6 with a 3.17 ERA and has 141 strikeouts in 150.1 innings. Archer is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in six career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have split their last six games and are three games above .500. The Blue Jays pitching staff continues it’s brutal stretch, allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. Overall, the Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.20, which is 24th in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Like the Rays, the Blue Jays are trying to make up ground in the wild card race. Offensively, Melky Cabrera has seven RBIs in his last nine games and Jose Reyes has six hits in his last three games. Drew Hutchison gets the ball, and he’s 8-11 with a 4.81 ERA and has 127 strikeouts in 144 innings. Hutchison is 2-2 with a 7.78 ERA in four career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-1 in Archers last 5 starts as a favorite and 5-0 in Archers last 5 road starts. The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 0-7 in Hutchisons last 7 starts during game 3 of a series.
Archer has been solid on the road this season, while the Blue Jays have been allowing runs left and right. I like the Rays to take this series on Sunday.