Toronto hits the road after going 3-4 on its recently completed seven-game homestand, which ended with a pair of one-run wins over the Boston Red Sox, including a 2-1 victory as +108 underdogs Thursday.
The Blue Jays are 9-18 on the road when the betting total is 8 to 8.5, with the OVER going 14-12-1 in that situation.
Tampa Bay opened up its six game homestand by taking two of three from the Seattle Mariners, including a 7-1 victory as minus-210 favorites Thursday, while pushing up against the betting total of 8.
The Rays are 21-9 at home with a betting total of 8 to 8.5, with the UNDER going 16-13-1 in those 30 opportunities.
Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (9-11, 4.46 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 6-4 home defeat to the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he allowed three runs and six hits over seven frames.
The right-hander is 5-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 12 road games, with opposing hitters batting .238 against him.
In six career appearances at Tropicana Field, Dickey has compiled a 2-1 record and 2.31 ERA.
Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.93 ERA) has dropped three consecutive outings, as he’s allowed 13 runs over 12 innings of work over that span.
The right-hander is 5-2 with a 4.48 ERA in 12 home starts this season, issuing 17 walks and striking out 61 batters in 72.1 combined frames.
In 10 career outings versus the Blue Jays, Hellickson has tallied a 5-2 record and 2.74 ERA—allowing three earned runs or fewer in each of those trips to the mound.
I’m going to recommend that readers make their MLB picks on the total, as the UNDER is 5-1-1 in Hellickson’s last seven outings in this series.
MLB Pick: Under 8 at bet 365