Tampa Bay Rays (85-67) at Toronto Blue Jays (70-83)
|Date & Time||Friday September 21, 2018, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays meet Friday in MLB action at the Rogers Centre.
The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Rays have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than one run. Matt Duffy leads the Rays with 147 hits and 44 RBI while Joey Wendle and Mallex Smith have combined for 270 hits and 92 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The Blue Jays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won five straight games when scoring more than one run. Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 121 hits and 77 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez have combined for 231 hits and 111 RBI. Sean Reid-Foley gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 5.54 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. This will be Reid-Foley’s first career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 8-1 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series, 3-8 in their last 11 Friday games and 40-12 in their last 52 games on astroturf. The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East, 9-3 in their last 12 Friday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Rays are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and the under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Both of these clubs are finishing the season strong despite not playing for much, so you can make a case for either side. However, I'm going to side with the Blue Jays in this contest because they're at home and have listed a starting pitcher at the time this article was published. While Reid-Foley has had his struggles, he is coming off the best start of his career and has produced double-digit strikeouts in two of his last three starts. So, give me the Blue Jays.