Rays at Blue Jays - 4/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (5-3) at Toronto Blue Jays (4-4)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
C Archer (1-1) (2.13) vs. A Sanchez (0-1) (8.11)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +103 / Tampa Bay Rays -113 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SunSports, RSN
The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays wrap up their four-game series Thursday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Rays offense has been rather hot lately, producing seven or more runs in three of their last six games. The Rays have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs dating back to last season. Kevin Kiermaier leads Tampa Bay with nine hits, while Asdrubal Cabrera and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 11 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays could really make a statement to the rest of the AL East with a victory here. Chris Archer takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Archer is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays look for a series win after splitting their last eight games. The Blue Jays are also on fire offensively, producing double-digit runs in three of their last six games. Jose Reyes is one of four Toronto players with double-digit hits, while Josh Donaldson and Devon Travis have combined for 12 RBI. The Blue Jays pitching has allowed five or more runs in four of their last six games. The Toronto Blue Jays need to win this game in order to avoid losing any of their series this season. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA and one strikeout this season. Sanchez is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 37-18 in their last 55 during game 4 of a series and 10-4 in Archers last 14 starts as an underdog. The Blue Jays are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series and 14-6 in their last 20 games on astroturf. The Rays are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto.
Archer is one of my favorite pitchers, as this kid can flat out throw the ball. I like the value of the Rays and the small chalk in this spot.