Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/25/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/25/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays (1-0) at Tampa Bay Rays (0-1)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 3:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Matt Shoemaker (0-0) (0.00) vs. Ryan Yarbrough (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -155 / Toronto Blue Jays +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays meet Saturday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off an impressive opening day victory where they scored six runs and strung together nine hits. The Blue Jays scored all of their runs in the fourth and fifth innings and showed their potential on both sides of the mound. In the victory, Cavan Biggio and Randal Grichuk combined for three hits and four RBI while Hyun-jin Ryu allowed three runs and four hits in 4.2 innings. The Toronto Blue Jays look to start a season 2-0 for the first time since 2016, the last time they made the postseason. Matt Shoemaker gets the ball for the Blue Jays, and he was 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA and 24 strikeouts last season. Shoemaker is 4-0 with a 1.90 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

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The Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff couldn’t figure things out on opening day and two poor innings cost them a victory. The Rays offense produced four runs on five hits and left 11 guys on base. In the losing effort, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Mike Brosseau combined for two hits and three RBI while Charlie Morton allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings. The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t started a season 0-2 since the 2016 season. Ryan Yarbrough gets the ball for the Rays, and he was 11-6 with a 4.13 ERA and 117 strikeouts last season. Yarbrough is 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last 7 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East and 4-1 in their last 5 games on astroturf. The Rays are 23-8 in their last 31 home games, 11-4 in their last 15 vs. American League East and 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games. The over is 6-2 in Blue Jays last 8 road games. The under is 4-1 in Rays last 5 games as a favorite. The Blue Jays are 37-79 in the last 116 meetings in Tampa Bay and 7-15 in the last 22 meetings.

We know how talented the Tampa Bay Rays are and what they're capable of doing, but Yarbrough wasn't one of their best pitchers last season and showed he can be hit hard at times. I mentioned previously that the Toronto Blue Jays mate be a year or two away from seriously competing, but they're a talented club that plays hard and can provide value in the underdog role all season long. Shoemaker is also veteran pitcher who was decent last year in a limited sample size. I'm once again going to take the Blue Jays and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Blue Jays +135

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.