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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays
Date & Time Friday April 12, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Cananda
The Line
Toronto Blue Jays +120 / Tampa Bay Rays -130 O/U: 8.5
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays will meet up in MLB action on Friday to kick off their weekend series.

Tampa Bay is currently riding a four-game win streak and took all three games in a series versus the White Sox this week before an off day Thursday. Leading the way offensively for the Rays so far is Austin Meadows with 15 hits, six runs, four homers and 13 RBI.

For the Friday game, the Rays are going with Ryne Stanek in the start. So far this season, Stanek has put up 6.0 innings without a decision, alongside a 1.50 ERA, seven Ks and two walks.

Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they played two versus the Red Sox this week. Toronto won the first game 7-5 on Tuesday, then on Thursday Toronto dropped a lead in the bottom of the ninth to lose 7-6. Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer for Toronto in that one.

Toronto will be sending out Trent Thornton in the start on Friday. In his 10.2 innings over two starts this year, Thornton hasn’t registered a decision either but has a nice 1.69 ERA, 15 Ks and two BBs.

The Rays are 4-0 in their last four road games and 38-14 in their last 52 overall. Tampa Bay is 2-5 in their last seven following an off day and 5-1 in Stanek’s last six versus the AL East.

Meanwhile, the Jays are 11-5 in their last 16 Friday games and 17-35 in their last 52 versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. Toronto is 9-28 in their last 37 versus a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 1-5 in their last six games versus a Stanek start.

Aside from Stanek’s last relief appearance (one earned on two hits without an out), he’s been stellar this year with just one hit allowed. I’ve honestly never been a fan of Tampa’s “group effort” starter strategy, but hey, it’s working great more often than not and they’re off to a hot start.

Thornton has been successful as well, but hasn’t reaped the benefits due to one-run losses in both his starts. I like Thornton to come out solid here as well, but right now I just can’t pick against a red-hot Tampa Bay team looking to extend their big lead in the AL East.

Tampa Bay Rays -130

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