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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (59-60) at Toronto Blue Jays (56-61)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

J Odorizzi (6-5) (4.38) vs. N Tepesch (0-2) (9.00)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +109 / Tampa Bay Rays -119 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN

The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays meet Monday in MLB action at Rogers Centre.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Rays have scored three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five straight games when allowing three or less runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 131 hits and 53 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 225 hits and 138 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays. 

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Blue Jays look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Blue Jays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 13 of their last 14 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 122 hits and 77 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Kendrys Morales have combined for 208 hits and 88 RBI. Nick Tepesch gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Tepesch is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League East, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 3-9 in Odorizzis last 12 starts. The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series. The Rays are 1-5 in Odorizzis last 6 road starts vs. Blue Jays, 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in Odorizzis last 5 road starts vs. Blue Jays.

The Rays are falling apart right now, as they can't score runs, and now they're throwing out Odorizzi, who has been battling a foot injury and has pitched just once in the last three weeks. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are playing some of their best ball of the year and have a chance to keep chipping away in those wild card standings in a series like this one. Tepesch hasn't been good in his first two starts, but he has the hotter team behind him. I'll take the Toronto Blue Jays and the plus money based on their current form. 

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