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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 5/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays (11-14) at Tampa Bay Rays (11-12)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

M Stroman (3-0) (4.37) vs. J Odorizzi (0-1) (3.58)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +100 / Toronto Blue Jays -110 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


Early Sunday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays will clash once again at Tropicana Field.

This will be the final matchup of their three-game weekend series. In Friday’s opener, the Blue Jays took a 6-1 victory. As for Saturday’s game two, the Rays broke a 3-3 tie with a clutch run in the bottom of the ninth to snag a 4-3 victory and tie the series 1-1.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 5/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For the Blue Jays on Sunday, we’ll be seeing right-hander Marcus Stroman taking the mound. It’s been a pretty solid year so far for Stroman, who boasts a 3-0 record over his five starts alongside a 4.37 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 35 innings. On Monday in his last start, Stroman put up four runs in 6.2 innings in a no-decision against the White Sox.

The Toronto batting order is one of the most potent in the majors, but has been spotty at times so far this year. Josh Donaldson has played well with his 28 hits, 24 runs, eight homers and 20 RBI, however. Edwin Encarnacion has posted 24 hits with 15 RBI. That said, Encarnacion came up empty on Saturday. As for Jose Bautista, he’s got five homers, 18 RBI and 16 runs after going 1-for-4 in game two.

Over on the Rays side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jake Odorizzi on the mound. It’s been an up-and-down campaign for Odorizzi so far, resulting in an 0-1 record over five starts to the tune of a 3.58 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP across 27.2 innings. On Tuesday in his most recent no-decision, Odorizzi allowed just one run to the Orioles over five innings.

The Rays have had some difficulties scoring runs for much of the season, but do have a pretty balanced lineup overall. Logan Forsythe leads the way on his 28 hits and 14 runs, while Evan Longoria has 22 hits with 11 runs. Both Forsythe and Longoria bashed homers on Saturday. Steven Souza and Corey Dickerson have put up 10 homers and 19 RBI between them, but Souza went 1-for-4 in game two with three strikeouts.

The Blue Jays are 5-0 in their last five Sunday games, and 13-3 in Stroman’s last 16 starts against the American League East. As for the Rays, they’re 4-0 in Odorizzi’s last four starts during game three of a series, and 5-1 in Odorizzi’s last six home starts.

The pitching matchup here looks pretty evenly-matched, but I’ll give the edge to Stroman and the Blue Jays, thanks to that stellar Toronto offense. The under might not be a bad play here, either.

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