Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays
|Date & Time||Saturday April 13, 2019, 3:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -165 / Toronto Blue Jays +155 -- Over/Under: 8
The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays meet Saturday in MLB action at Rogers Centre.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Rays have scored 30 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 11 of their last 12 games when scoring at least one run. Austin Meadows leads the Rays with 18 hits and 15 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Tommy Pham have combined for 30 hits and 11 RBI. Blake Snell gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Snell is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for a victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Blue Jays have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Toronto Blue Jays are 2-10 this season when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with 18 hits and nine RBI while Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk have combined for 18 hits and 11 RBI. Clay Buchholz gets the ball, and he was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 81 strikeouts last season. Buchholz is 9-8 with a 2.67 ERA and 137 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 13-3 in their last 16 during game 2 of a series, 6-0 in Snells last 6 road starts and 20-6 in Snell's last 26 starts. The Blue Jays are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 2-5 in their last 7 vs. American League East and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Rays are 5-0 in Snell's last 5 starts vs. Blue Jays and 4-0 in Snell's last 4 road starts vs. Blue Jays. The under is 14-6-1 in Blue Jays last 21 overall. The under is 20-7-2 in Snell's last 29 starts overall.
Buchholz hasn't been trustworthy in years, and he hasn't pitched in a major league game since September of last year. Snell has picked up where he left off last season, which includes allowing just one run in his last 13 innings and striking out double-digit batters in his last two games. I've said before that the Tampa Bay Rays aren't a team I'm trying to step in front of with how hot they've been out the gate. So, until this stretch cools off, I'll continue to back them with confidence.