The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in an AL East division matchup in MLB action from Tropicana Field on Thursday night. Let’s dive into the odds, starting pitching matchup, history and make a prediction for this game.
Tampa Bay is listed as a -140 home favorite while Toronto is a +120 road underdog. The total for this game is set at 8.5 runs.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Alek Manoah will start for Toronto here and is 1-4 with a 5.15 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Tampa Bay will start Zach Eflin here and Eflin is 6-1 with a 3.45 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season.
Tampa Bay’s 7-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday made it three wins in the last four head-to-head meetings for the Rays in this matchup.
Toronto is 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. Tampa Bay is 41-13 in their last 54 home games and 36-15 in their last 51 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
I’m backing the Rays here. I love the Jays, but until Alek Manoah figures out what’s going on, it makes it kind of hard to back him, especially when the Rays have already gotten to Manoah for 7 runs in a start earlier this season. Zach Eflin keeps pitching well and the Rays keep finding ways to win with him on the hill and I think for the Rays, at a reasonable price, it’s another case of if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Give me the Rays here.