Bet Blue Jays -116 With Your MLB Picks Against Rays

Jake Walker

Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:11 PM GMT

The Toronto Blue Jays visit Tropicana Field to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays are at -116 on the MLB odds board while the Rays are at +106 and the total has been set at 7.5.

Game Information
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays
1:10 PM ET, May 1
Tropicana Field
Coverage: SNET, Fox Sports  Sun
Forecast for Game Time:
85° F/ 29° C
Clear

 

Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 win in the series opener with the Rays on Friday. The second game will be played on Saturday night. Michael Saunders hit two home runs and Aaron Sanchez pitched seven shutout innings to lead the way for Toronto.

The Blue Jays currently rank 13th in the majors with 97 runs scored, 22nd with a .237 batting average and 11th with 27 home runs. Toronto is 15th in MLB with a 3.87 ERA and 14th with a 1.29 WHIP.

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Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have lost two straight and Logan Morrison's struggles at the plate continued on Friday, as he went 0 for 4, and is now 6 for 60 this season (.100 batting average) Tampa Bay is now 2 for 26 (.077) with runners in scoring position on their current six-game homestand.

The Rays rank 30th in the majors with just 72 runs scored, 30th with a .222 batting average and 14th with 25 home runs. Tampa Bay is sixth in MLB with a 3.33 ERA and fourth with an 1.10 WHIP.     

 

Pitching Matchup
Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.37 ERA) vs. Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.58 ERA)
Marcus Stroman will take the hill for the Blue Jays with a 3-0 record and a somewhat misleading 4.37 ERA. Stroman induces a lot of grounders and works quickly. He dominated the Rays in his first of the season, throwing eight innings and giving up just three runs on six hits with five strikeouts.

Jake Odorizzi gets the start for the Rays. He allowed one run in five innings of work in his last outing against the Orioles in a 3-1 win but did not factor in the decision. The right-hander gave up just one run on four hits with 10 strikeouts over 5.2 innings in his first start against the Blue Jays this season but also finished with a no-decision.

Betting Trends
The Blue Jays are 6-6 in road games, 3-2 in games played in a dome and  8-9 in games played on artificial turf.

The Rays are 7-7 in home games, 7-9 against division opponents, 6-8 in night games and 1-5 when playing against a team with a losing record.

 

Final Analysis
The Toronto Blue Jays are favored on the MLB odds board at -116 while the Tampa Bay Rays are at +106 and the total has been set at 7.5. Odorizzi has a better ERA than Stroman and deserves a better record but their stats reflect how their offenses have performed when they're on the mound. The Rays do have power but they don't put many runners on base and lack timely hitting while the Blue Jays have an extremely potent offense. I'm taking Stroman and the Blue Jays -116 with my MLB picks.

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MLB Pick: Blue Jays -116 
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