MLB Predictions: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
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The Toronto Blue Jays (10-19) look to continue their push to replace the Rays (15-16) from 4th place in the AL East on Saturday in the second game of a 3 game set. After an 8-4 away win at Tropicana Field, they’re definitely regaining the confidence needed to be contenders. The Rays will try to stop the bleeding after losing 3 of 4 home games, and keep the Jays as basement dwellers.
Offense finally came to the surface on Friday for the Jays, after being submerged in a mire of strikeouts and groundouts. They were down but not out, rallying to finish the game with 8 runs. Justin Smoak homered to extend his hitting streak to 6 games, going 9 for 23 in that span. Kevin Pillar also contributed with 3 hits and an RBI to extend his streak to 4 games, going 7 for 18 in that span.
Kendrys Morales was the offensive juggernaut the Jays were looking for though, as he belted 2 home runs in the game. He’s been dominant at Tropicana recently, going 7 for 20 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs, and 10 RBIs in 5 games this season.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to minimize using their bullpen, as they got rocked last night for 5 runs in the 8th inning. Bad news also because they lost Kevin Kiermaier after he was struck in the hand by a Francisco Liriano pitch. It is uncertain whether it will have lasting effects. The good news is Evan Longoria has picked up his game again, getting 3 hits on Friday after going 4 for 37 in his last 9 games because of a foot injury.
Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.43 ERA) starts for the Blue Birds. He’s played phenomenally recently, allowing only 3 runs over 26 innings in 4 games, and only coming out of it with 1 win. He struck out 29, and only walked 6 total over those games. His record against the Rays though is cause for concern. In 11 starts, he’s gone 1-5 against them, with a decent 3.31 ERA, but hasn’t often gotten the run support he needs. He’s already lost to the Rays this year, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings.
Tampa Bay counters with Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 3.50 ERA). After returning from a hamstring injury, the right hander was held to only 5 innings in his start against the Marlins. He only allowed 2 runs, one of which was unearned. Against the Blue Jays, Odorizzi took advantage of their anemic offense, and beat them on April 9th, allowing only 2 runs on 2 hits for the win.
Odorizzi does have a great record against Canada’s team. He’s 4-2, with a 3.24 ERA in 12 career starts against them, but has given up 10 home runs to them. If he performs well, he’ll be able to pitch more innings today than his last outing. Blue Jay Devon Travis is 6 for 15 against the right hander.Toronto Blue Jays (+105) SportsInteraction
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This is quite an interesting game. There are many factors at play here, and a lot of them are contradictory. The trends are definitely not our friend for this game, as they show that the Jays are 0-5 in Estrada’s last 5 starts against the Rays. They do happen to be 4-1 in their last 5 against a right handed starter.
These are the main factors though. Estrada does struggle against the Rays, but he’s been playing really well recently. Conversely, Odorizzi has great numbers against the Jays, but has given up a large number of home runs against them. Add this to the fact their offense has been on the rise and it might spell trouble for the Rays.
Records do mean something. The Blue Jays were projected to have one of the best records in the league. That certainly won’t happen, but they won’t stay at the bottom of the table forever. Look for them to ride yesterday’s upset win and take this game also, and possibly sweep it tomorrow. Their offense will shine tonight, and even if Estrada doesn’t continue his recent dominance, they’ll still outslug the Rays. Take the Toronto Blue Jays at +105 at Sports Interaction.
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