Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays
Though the Toronto Blue Jays have had their struggles this season and won't be playing in the postseason, they still have the chance to ruin the end of the year for some clubs. That inclued the Tampa Bay Rays, who they face this week.
The two clubs meet for a four-game series starting on Thursday. In this piece, we offer up our picks for each game.
- 01Thornton has Past Struggles vs the Rays
- 02Expect Plenty of Runs Scored in Game 2
- 03Tampa Bay in Must-Win Mode in September
- 04Will the Rays End up Winning the AL Pennant?
Thornton has Past Struggles vs the Rays
For Game 1, Tampa Bay expects to have the upper hand, seeing as they've had so much success against Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton this season.
Thornton, who will start on Thursday, has faced the Rays three times this campaign and given up 14 runs over 23 hits. Combined, he's lasted only 11 1/3 innings in those three games against Tampa.
While he'll look to improve his numbers on Thursday, we can't ignore the past. We're picking the Rays to win and cover the spread at the same time.
Expect Plenty of Runs Scored in Game 2
Come Friday night, Tropicana Field should be fired up for a big night game between the two sides. And for those who like a high-scoring game, it could be coming for Game 2.
For Toronto, Clay Buchholz is getting the start and he's certainly had his struggles, posting a 1-3 record and 5.45 ERA. While Tampa Bay's starter hasn't been named yet, Buchholz alone will give up plenty of runs.
As you're getting ready to place your MLB wagers, OVER 8.5 runs feels like a smart bet to make.
Tampa Bay in Must-Win Mode in September
With the Rays clinging to a Wild Card spot in the American League right now, it sounds cliche, but every single game matters for this club moving forward. They can't afford any hiccups.
For the weekend games starting with Game 3, they'll be playing with a sense of urgency, especially with both the Athletics and Indians looking to gain ground.
For Saturday's game, regardless of who's pitching, look for the Tampa Bay batters to answer the call and come up big for the team for a win.
Will the Rays End up Winning the AL Pennant?
Though Tampa Bay hasn't locked in a spot in the AL postseason, this team sure looks like they'll be playing ball in October. But, just how far can this team go?
If Rays fans are feeling confident, they could place a wager on the team winning the AL Pennant. Per Sports Interaction, the Rays have 11.50 odds to claim the AL Championship.
Yes, they are massive underdogs, but craziers things have happened. Anyone willing to take a big risk?