MLB Free Picks & Predictions: Rays @ Blue Jays
Unfortunately for Toronto Blue Jays fans out there, the end of the 2019 season is about to come to an end. Although there will be no playoffs, there's still one more series to knock out.
Starting on Friday, the team will begin a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays.
With the games being played at the Rogers Centre in Canada, fans will be able to say goodbye to the team at home.
- 01Rays in must-win mode for rest of season
- 02Can Toronto steal a win on Saturday?
- 03The pressure is on Tampa come Sunday
- 04Do the Rays have an actual shot at winning the World Series?
Rays in must-win mode for rest of season
For the Rays, they're in desperation mode the rest of the way. They're in a three-way battle with the Indians and Athletics for the two American League Wild Card spots.
Entering Friday's Game 1, Tampa Bay will be playing with urgency. Both their pitchers and batters will know they have to win every game to keep their season going.
With the Rays already above 90 wins and Toronto struggling throughout the year, they'll be expected to win on Friday night. We think they'll win and cover the spread at the same time.
Can Toronto steal a win on Saturday?
Come Saturday, the Rogers Centre should be packed to capacity, as it will be the last Saturday contest of the season.
Because of this, Toronto will want to put on a show, despite being underdogs against the mighty Rays. It will be on the youngsters in the lineup to deliver.
While it's been a season to forget for the Blue Jays, the youth movement has the future looking bright. We believe they'll be able to get a win in Game 2.
The pressure is on Tampa come Sunday
As we stated above, the Rays' postseason hopes hang in the balance. They were given a series to close the year against a team with more than 90 losses in the Blue Jays.
Can they take advantage? With Sunday being the last game of the year, Tampa has to win if they want to keep its season going. Both Cleveland and Oakland will be playing in desperation mode.
With their backs against the wall, look to Tampa Bay to step up to the occasion and close the regular campaign victorious.
Do the Rays have an actual shot at winning the World Series?
First, the Rays need to worry about making it into the postseason. After that, could they contend for the World Series?
According to Sports Interaction, Tampa Bay has 19.00 odds to win it all. Those are the eighth-best odds of all teams in the league. Houston has the No. 1 odds at 3.10.
Though the odds aren't in their favor, think the Rays can do the unthinkable? If so, put in your bet today.