Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 9/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (76-58) at Tampa Bay Rays (57-76)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
J Happ (17-4) (3.23) vs. C Archer (8-17) (4.10)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +108 / Toronto Blue Jays -118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, RSN
Over at Tropicana Field on Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays will meet the Tampa Bay Rays in their MLB series finale.
The Rays took game one 8-3, and on Saturday Tampa made it two in a row with a 7-5 victory.
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The Blue Jays will be going with lefty JA Happ on Sunday. In 26 starts and a 17-4 record, Happ holds a 3.23 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 161.2 innings. Happ took a no-decision against the Orioles his last time up, with 6.1 innings, six hits and three runs allowed.
Let’s examine a few of the Blue Jays hitters. Josh Donaldson has been crushing on 147 hits with 108 runs, 34 homers and 92 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has hit 132 times with 84 runs, 36 homers and 108 RBI. Kevin Pillar holds 121 hits with 51 runs and 46 RBI.
As for the Rays, they’ll be putting RHP Chris Archer in Sunday’s starting role. In 28 starts and an 8-17 record this year, Archer holds a 4.10 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP in 169 innings. Archer got a win against Houston his last time out, going seven innings with four hits and three earned.
The Rays have a few noteworthy hitters atop their order. Evan Longoria has bagged 147 hits with 70 runs, 31 homers and 84 RBI. Brad Miller sits on 118 hits with 62 runs, 26 homers and 69 RBI. Logan Forsythe has hit 113 times with 63 runs and 48 RBI.
The Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last seven game threes of a series, and 7-0 in Happ’s last seven Sunday starts. Toronto is also 8-1 in Happ’s last nine starts on astroturf, and 5-1 in Happ’s last six road starts.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 5-1 in their last six game threes of a series, and 4-1 in their last five Sunday games. Tampa Bay is also 2-8 in Archer’s last 10 home starts and 1-4 in Archer’s last five Sunday starts.
Happ looks like the guy to go with here, so I’ll take the Blue Jays for the victory on Sunday.