Toronto Blue Jays (18-16) at Tampa Bay Rays (15-16)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 6, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -141 / Toronto Blue Jays +131 --- Over/Under: 8
The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a feel good victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Blue Jays have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Kevin Pillar leads the Blue Jays with 40 hits and 16 RBI while Yangervis Solarte and Justin Smoak have combined for 61 hits and 40 RBI. Marco Estrada gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 6.19 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Estrada is 1-8 with a 4.96 ERA and 67 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for another victory to get back to a .500 record. The Rays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. C.J. Cron leads the Rays with 31 hits and 20 RBI while Mallex Smith and Adeiny Hechavarria have combined for 57 hits and 18 RBI. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 6.05 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Archer is 7-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 161 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games, 10-4 in Estradas last 14 Sunday starts and 7-3 in Estradas last 10 starts. The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games, 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 0-5 in Archers last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Blue Jays are 32-65 in the last 97 meetings in Tampa Bay, 0-4 in Estradas last 4 road starts vs. Rays and 0-8 in Estradas last 8 starts vs. Rays.
The Toronto Blue Jays are falling apart all of a sudden, and they're throwing out a pitcher in Estrada who has allowed four or more runs in each of his last four starts and is allowing a .289 batting average this season. Archer has been solid against the Blue Jays throughout his career and has been better as of late, allowing two runs in two of his last three starts and getting his strikeout numbers up. I'm going to take the Rays and their ace at home for the decent price.