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

Tampa Bay Rays (16-20) at Toronto Blue Jays (19-20)

MLB Baseball: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

D Smyly (1-4) (3.63) vs. J Happ (5-0) (2.05)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -130 / Tampa Bay Rays +110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SunSports

The Tampa Bay Rays head north of the border to open a series at the Toronto Blue Jays.

I have said this before but I’ll say it again; when the Tampa Bay Rays score six runs, the game has to go in the win column. That didn’t happen because Xavier Cedeno and Steven Geltz allowed a run each in the 9th to lose 7-6 Sunday to visiting Oakland. Of course Rays starter Matt Moore allowed four runs over five frames and that didn’t help either. TB did their damage on six hits and a pair of base on balls with Brandon Guyer going 2-4 with a pair of homers and five RBI’s while Evan Longoria was 2-4 with a solo jack. Tampa Bay looks for a bounce back win versus the Blue Jays on Monday night. Smyly struggled in a 6-4 loss at Seattle with all six runs scored on ten hits including two homers over five innings.

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


The more I watch the Toronto Blue Jays the more ordinary they look to me. The Blue Jays squandered a 5-2 lead on the way to a 7-6 defeat at Texas on Sunday. Jays starter Aaron Sanchez gave up six runs on seven hits and four free passes through 6.2 frames with Jesse Chavez serving up a solo bomb to absorb the loss. Toronto logged 12 hits and walked four times with Jose Bautista driving in three runs while Kevin Pillar knocking in a pair and scoring with Troy Tulowitzki scoring twice. Left hander JA Happ takes the hill against visiting Toronto for the third time in 2016. Happ has won back to back contests after beating San Francisco 4-0 on the road with 8.2 scoreless frames.

The under is 14-4-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 19 on astroturf and the over is 7-2-6 in their last 15 Monday games while the under is 10-3-1 in Smyly’s last 14 road starts. The under is 9-1-1 in Toronto’s last 11 on astroturf and  is 6-1-1 in their last 8 home games while the Blue Jays are 7-2 in their last 9 Monday games. I think Toronto has the edge but I’m not paying one cent on them…

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