Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 29, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Tampa Bay, Florida
Tampa Bay Rays -220 / Toronto Blue Jays +203 O/U: 7
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays will match up in MLB action to finish up their series on Wednesday.
In the Monday opener, the Rays secured an 8-3 win. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay peppered in a few runs and managed a 3-1 victory.
For Wednesday’s game, the Jays will be sending out Trent Thornton to start. In his 55.0 innings and 1-4 record this year, Thornton has a 4.42 ERA with 60 Ks and 25 BBs.
Toronto put up six hits in the Tuesday loss, and only Justin Smoak had more than one hit, going 2-for-4.
Over on the Rays’ side, they’re going with Blake Snell as the starter Wednesday. Through 55.2 innings and a 3-4 mark so far, Snell has a 3.07 ERA with 78 Ks and 15 walks.
Tampa Bay had some nice offensive performances on Tuesday in the win. Avisail Garcia put up two runs and a solo homer, while Austin Meadows logged a solo homer of his own.
The Jays are 1-6 in their last seven in game three of a series and 1-5 in Thornton’s last six starts on turf. Toronto is 0-4 in Thornton’s last four starts versus a team with a winning record and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 Wednesday games.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 1-7 in their last eight in game three of a series and 6-1 in Snell’s last seven starts with four days’ rest. Tampa is 2-5 in Snell’s last seven starts and 2-11 in his last 13 Wednesday starts.
Thornton has been pretty solid lately, and really has just the one bad start (2.0 innings; five earned) in his last six outings.
As for Snell, he has three quality starts over his last four tries and hasn’t given up more than two earned in that time.
The Rays are heavy favorites here and will most likely win the game. That said, with the line so thick I’m tempted to take the Jays on the lure of the potential payoff. If Thornton comes out strong and the offense gives him a little support it’s certainly possible. I’ll go Toronto on a value pick.