Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (18-19) at Toronto Blue Jays (19-22)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
J Odorizzi (0-2) (3.83) vs. R Dickey (2-4) (4.31)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -141 / Tampa Bay Rays +131 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, SUN
On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays will lock up in MLB action once again at Rogers Centre.
This will be game three of the early-week set. In Monday’s opener, the Rays ignited for a 13-2 blowout and an early series lead. In Tuesday’s matchup, the rout was on again. Tampa destroyed Toronto 12-2, out-hitting the Jays 17-5 on the evening.
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The Rays will be rolling out right-hander Jake Odorizzi for Wednesday’s game. Odorizzi has seen some highs and lows this season, resulting in an 0-2 record with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over eight starts and 44.2 innings of work. On Friday, Odorizzi lasted just four innings against the Athletics, giving up a season-high five runs in a loss.
You’ll recognize most of the names atop the Rays’ order. Evan Longoria leads the way on 38 hits with 22 runs, seven homers and 19 RBI. Logan Forsythe is also playing well on 33 hits with 16 runs. Forsythe is currently on the DL, however. Steven Souza has been solid with eight homers and 17 RBI to his credit. Souza went 1-for-5 on Tuesday to drop his BA to .268 on the year.
We’ll be getting another look at veteran R.A. Dickey of the Blue Jays in Wednesday’s game. Over his eight starts and 2-4 record this year, Dickey has logged a 4.31 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP across 48 innings. In a sterling outing Friday, Dickey allowed just three singles in eight innings of shutout ball against the Rangers.
The Toronto lineup is stuffed full of potential, and has played reasonably well overall so far. Kevin Pillar has slapped 41 hits with 15 runs. Josh Donaldson has 40 hits with a team-high 34 runs, nine homers and 21 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has 37 hits, seven home runs and 29 RBI in 2016. Pillar, Donaldson and Encarnacion combined to go 1-for-11 in Tuesday’s blowout.
The Rays are 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games, and 4-1 in Odorizzi’s last five starts during game three of a series.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 4-1 in Dickey’s last five starts in game three of a series, and 10-4 in Dickey’s last 14 starts following a quality start in his last appearance.
Any time Dickey is on the mound, it’s hard telling what you’re going to get. I’ll give the Blue Jays a slight winning edge, but I feel like the over is a safer play here.