Blue Jays at Rays MLB Spring Training Preview and Prediction
Blue Jays vs Rays Spring Training Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to correct some problems on Monday when they take on the Rays. Despite starting the preseason strong with a 2-1 victory over the Phillies, the Jays went on to lose their next two to the Tigers, putting them at 1-2 so far in Spring Training.
Sure the games are just exhibition, but it adds confidence to a team and their manager when the pieces they've been working on in the offseason all come together and when minor leaguers step up to give the franchise hope for the future.
Unfortunately, the Blue Birds just didn't have it against Detroit. Fortunately, the preseason's still young. In the first game, Chris Rowley replaced expected starter Danny Barnes in the first inning, and that proved to be the difference as Rowley allowed 3 ER on 4 H and 1 BB in just 1.1 IP. Nick Castellanos belted in a two-run triple before reaching home himself on a throwing error. Barnes, by contrast, threw an inning of no hit ball. Kendrys Morales had a good game, hitting the first multi-hit game of the season, going 2 for 2 with a double. The Jays lost 5-4 in the effort.
On Saturday, the Jays took on the Tigers once again, this time in Dunedin, with the Tigers sending out a split squad. A lot of regular Jays took to play today, but they still couldn't get a result. Josh Donaldson, Kendrys Morales, and Russell Martin all went 0 for. J.A. Happ started and threw an inning of no-hit ball, but the Tigers pounced on Aaron Sanchez in the second, prospect Thomas Pannone, and Jackson McClelland for a 6-3 win.
Our record on the season drops to 1-1. We got a bit backtracked because of the pitching change in the first game, but there isn't a way to lock in pitchers in the preseason, so we take that loss. The second Detroit game didn't have a line, so naturally there was no play on that.
So what about this game?
- WHEN: Feb. 26 at 1:05pm ET
- WHERE: Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida
Take The Rays at -120 at Bet365
This preseason could seem similar to how last season started for the Jays. They're 1-2 now and a 1-3 start is seeming more likely than a 2-2. Again, the problem seems to be their offense. Even in their win, it was by the slimmest of margins. Don't expect the team to start clicking just yet.
As for the Tampa Bay Rays, they are 2-2 on the preseason, but more interestingly, reports have come out about Tampa being a potential destination for former Blue Jay Jose Bautista. He already lives in Tampa, and staying in the AL East would prove beneficial for Joey Bats. It cold also work for the Rays, who could place him in a DH spot.
Starting for the Blue Jays is Ryan Borucki. This top prospect has overcome Tommy John surgery and several injuries to climb up the Toronto farm system with blinding speed. The 6'4 leftie started the 2017 season in Advanced-A, but quickly got promoted to Double A and then made a debut in Triple A, where he struck out 6 in 6 innings of scoreless ball. His ERA on the season was 2.93. Borucki is on the 40-man roster, so might get his chance to shine this summer as a number 5 starter up in the majors.
That being said, Chris Archer and the Rays should prove too much for the Jays at this point. Watch out for losing major league pitchers in the preseason. It's where they usually shine. Archer should be able to do his part, and the Toronto bats will fail to do theirs. On the other end, the Rays offense has been clicking. Even though they lost 5-4, they still out-hit the Twins on Saturday. Look for the Rays to take this one. Take the Tampa Bay Rays at -120 at Bet365.
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