Toronto Blue Jays (84-67) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (84-67)
September 24, 2022 6:10 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -116 / Toronto Blue Jays -102; Over/Under: +6
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The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays meet Saturday in MLB action at Tropicana Field. The Toronto Blue Jays look to snap a 3-game losing streak. The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Toronto Blue Jays have scored 14 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 8 of their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have won 5 of their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bo Bichette leads the Blue Jays with 175 hits and 91 RBI, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. have combined for 298 hits and 141 RBI. Alek Manoah gets the ball, and he is 14-7 with a 2.40 ERA and 168 strikeouts this season. Manoah is 3-2 with a 1.69 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 22 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 10 games. The Rays have won 6 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 149 hits and 87 RBI, while Yandy Diaz and Harold Ramirez have combined for 249 hits and 108 RBI. Drew Rasmussen gets the ball, and he is 10-6 with a 2.92 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Rasmussen is 1-2 with a 2.51 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 37-16 in their last 53 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Rays are 36-17 in their last 53 home games and 42-20 in their last 62 Saturday games. The over is 6-1-1 in Blue Jays last 8 overall. The under is 8-3-1 in Rays last 12 home games. The Blue Jays are 16-37 in the last 53 meetings in Tampa Bay.
Alek Manoah has been terrific this season with his 2.40 ERA, and he’s allowed 17 hits and 4 runs in his last 28 innings. However, Drew Rasmussen has been just as good with his 2.92 ERA, and he has a 2.31 ERA and .185 allowed batting average at home. Toss up game between two great pitchers. I have to give the edge to the Rays because of home field.