Blue Jays at Rays - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (10-13) at Tampa Bay Rays (10-11)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
A Sanchez (1-1) (3.33) vs. D. Smyly (1-2) (2.51)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -110 / Toronto Blue Jays +100 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a nice road win after losing six of their last eight games. The Blue Jays allowed 21 runs in their series against the White Sox and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Toronto Blue Jays are a brutal 0-10 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Josh Donaldson leads Toronto with 27 hits, Edwin Encarnacion has 15 RBI and Jose Bautista has four home runs. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for a strong home win in order to get back to a .500 record. The Rays have allowed just four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Tampa Bay Rays won six of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 23 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has 11 RBI and Evan Longoria has three home runs. Drew Smyly takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 2.51 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 2-5 in Sanchezs last 7 road starts. The Rays are 6-13 in their last 19 games following an off day and 5-2 in Smylys last 7 starts. The Blue Jays are 25-55 in the last 80 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Blue Jays don't have much success playing in Tampa Bay, and they're not entering this series in good form at all. Tampa Bay's pitching rotation continues to give itself a fighting chance each night, and Smyly has been rather solid to start the season. I'll take a shot with the Rays at home here.