Toronto Blue Jays (9-11) at Tampa Bay Rays (11-10)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Hyun Jin Ryu (1-2) (3.00) vs. Luis Patino (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +112 / Toronto Blue Jays -122 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action from Tropicana Field.
This will the the last installment of a three-game set between these teams this weekend. Toronto won Friday, then in the Saturday game two the Rays kept it going with a two-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Toronto scored four runs in the top of the first inning during Friday’s game, and they were able to hang on for an eventual 5-3 victory. In the Saturday game, the Jays scored three runs in the first inning but couldn’t get any more in an eventual 5-3 loss. Starter Robbie Ray put up 6.0 innings with six hits and three earned in the defeat.
For Sunday’s game, the Jays will send out Hyun Jin Ryu. In his three starts so far, Ryu has 24.0 innings with 23 hits, nine runs (eight earned), three homers allowed, two walks, 21 strkeouts and a 3.00 ERA. He put up four earned in 5.0 innings his last time up.
Over on the Rays’ side, they got 6.0 innings with five earned on five hits out of Tyler Glasnow in the Friday opener but couldn’t generate much offense. On Saturday, Tampa scored four runs in their final three frames to complete the comeback victory. Mike Brosseau finished with one hit, two RBI and a run.
For the opener role on Sunday, the Rays are going with Luis Patino. He’ll be making his Rays debut here and could go four innings or more. After that Josh Fleming will take over.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last five versus the AL East and 5-2 in the last seven Sunday games. Toronto is 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 2-5 in the last seven on turf.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 4-0 in their last four as an underdog and 4-1 in their last five after a win. Tampa is 6-2 in their last eight overall and 50-20 in their last 70 home games.
PICK: I’m going to take a shot on the Rays here. Ryu was a little spotty in his last start April 20 versus the Red Sox, going 5.0 innings with eight hits, four earned and two strikeouts. His fastball velocity was down a tick, and that will be something to keep an eye on here. It will be interesting to see what Patino can do, and if the Rays can hold things together with their bullpen I think they’ll be in good shape for a lower-scoring win in this one.