Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (45-64) at Toronto Blue Jays (63-48)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
J Odorizzi (6-5) (3.70) vs. R Dickey (8-12) (4.36)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -142 / Tampa Bay Rays +132 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, RSN
Coming our way on Monday from Rogers Centre, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays will be opening up their MLB series.
The Rays are coming off a weekend tilt with the Twins. The two teams split the first two matchups, and in Sunday’s finale, Tampa dropped game three 6-3.
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Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they played Kansas City this weekend, also splitting the first two games. In Sunday’s rubber match, Toronto dropped the game 7-1.
Pitching for the Rays on Monday will be Jake Odorizzi. In his 23 games and 6-5 record this year, Odorizzi has put up a 3.70 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP in 131.1 innings of work. In his last start against the Royals, Odorizzi logged six innings with two hits and no runs in a win.
Taking the swings for the Rays, we’ve got some interesting hitters here. Evan Longoria is far and away the leader on 120 hits with 55 runs, 25 homers and 61 RBI. Longoria slapped a solo homer on Sunday. Brad Miller is behind him on 94 hits with 50 runs, 20 homers and 46 RBI. Logan Forsythe has hit 90 times with 51 runs, 11 homers and 30 RBI.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays will be trotting out veteran knuckleballer RA Dickey for Monday’s game. In his 23 games this year with an 8-12 record, Dickey has produced a 4.49 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP in 138.1 innings. Dickey bagged a win in Houston his last time up, with seven innings, six hits and one earned.
The Blue Jays have an enviable lineup of hitters at their disposal. Josh Donaldson leads the pack with 123 hits, 90 runs, 27 homers and 77 RBI. Kevin Pillar is next with 110 hits, 45 runs and 45 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion is sitting on 108 hits with 68 runs, 30 homers and 91 RBI.
The Rays are 4-0 in their last four against the American League East, and 2-6 in their last eight game ones of a series. Tampa is also 1-5 in Odorizzi’s last six starts with four days’ rest, and 2-9 in Odorizzi’s last 11 starts in game one of a series.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 15-6 in their last 21 against the American League East, and 7-15 in Dickey’s last 22 starts. Toronto is also 2-11 in Dickey’s last 13 home starts, and 2-5 in Dickey’s last seven starts in game one of a series.
This one’s a tough call, but I can’t trust Dickey on a start-to-start basis, so I’ll take the Rays here with Odorizzi on the mound.