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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 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 -107 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SunSports

The Toronto Blue Jays conclude their series at the Rogers Centre with the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday.

The Tampa Bay Rays appeared to be in a grove with four consecutive victories before the good times came to an end in a 12-7 pounding courtesy of the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Starter Erasmo Ramirez struggled early and often with nine runs plated (seven earned) on eight hits and three bases on balls in 3.1 frames to absorb the loss. The offense scored three times before a four run burst in the 9th made things look better on paper. The bats managed eleven hits and walked four times with Steven Souza going deep and driving in three while scoring twice. Mikie Mahtook added a long ball and knocked in two although the offense still came up short. Chris Archer makes his third start of the season looking for back to back wins versus Toronto. Archer is coming off of a 2-0 victory at Miami where he tossed a one hit shutout over seven innings pitched.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Blue Jays are looking to go on a run and rack up some victories here in the early going. Toronto ended a two game skid with big performances on the mound and at the plate in their 12-3 rout of visiting Tampa Bay. Veteran Mark Buehrle allowed three runs on seven hits before Todd Redmond did mop up duty in the 9th although not well with four runs given up. Toronto posted 13 hits and five walks with Josh Donaldson going 3-5 with three RBI’s and two runs. Jose Bautista homered and drove in two while Dalton Pompey and Devon Travis cracked solo homers. Rookie Aaron Sanchez gets the call to the mound for the second time when he faces Tampa Bay on Thursday. Sanchez struggled in his debut versus Baltimore in a 7-1 defeat where he allowed three runs on seven hits in 3.1 frames. 

The over is 6-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 8 as a favorite and are 9-1 in Archer’s last 10 road starts while the Blue Jays are 14-6 in their last 20 games on astroturf. The Blue Jays can be so streaky that they could score in double figures again but I’m hoping that Archer doesn’t let that happen…

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