MLB Predictions: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
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The Toronto Blue Jays (10-20) are still looking to right their disastrous start to the season, and hope they can find some answers soon. With the worst record in the league, they got handed their 20th loss of the season on Saturday courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays (16-16). They lead the Jays by 6 wins in the division once again, and make it even more crucial for Toronto to fix their problems. The Jays play the final game of a 3 game series on Sunday before traveling back to Toronto to open up a 9 game homestand.
After a perfect start to Saturday's game, leading 1-0 after the first inning because of an Ezequiel Carrera home run, the Blue Jays' offense suddenly vaporised, scoring no more runs, and only getting 3 more hits for the last 8 innings. Losing the game 6-1, they only hit .133.
Kendrys Morales delivered as expected, contributing to 2 of the Jays' 4 total hits, and is now 9 for 23 with 3 doubles and 3 home runs at Tampa Bay in 6 games this season. Another positive is that the Toronto bullpen was only used for 2 innings, so look for them to see a lot more action this game, especially considering who the Toronto starter is.
The Rays weren't that impressive either offensively, only hitting .194, but hitting 2 home runs (one from Logan Morrison and one from Colby Rasmus). Morrison's now 7 for 15, riding a 5 game winning streak. Evan Longoria seems to have healed well and is out of his rut, going 6 for 11 in his last 3 games. A win here would keep the Blue Jays cemented at the bottom, and could help them leapfrog the Red Sox for 3rd in the AL East.
Out of the Jays' bullpen, Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.38 ERA) gets his first start of the season, replacing Mat Latos, who has seen his ERA balloon to 6.60. In 14 appearances this season, he hasn't thrown more than 2 innings, so the aforementioned bullpen could be the Jays' savior for this game. He's allowed a run and 3 hits in 5.2 innings against the Rays this year, but Steven Sousa Jr. is 3 for 4 against him, with a homer.
The Rays start Alex Cobb (2-2, 3.86 ERA). He's recovered quite well from Tommy John surgery. Coming off a 6 inning outing on Tuesday, he kept the Marlins scoreless, and only allowed 4 hits. While opponents are batting .298 against him, he's still recorded 23 strikeouts in 35 innings, only issuing 8 walks.
Despite the numerous games between the Jays and Rays, the right hander hasn't faced the Blue Birds yet, but is 3-2, with a 3.86 ERA against them in 6 career starts. Morales is 4 for 13 against Cobb.Toronto Blue Jays (+125) SportsInteraction
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It seems the Toronto offense started to wane again last game, but look for them to come out strong in this one. Biagini won't be perfect, but will perform above expectations, and his team will give him the run support he needs. He might not go deep, but the rested bullpen will be the difference in this game, and will be able to shut down Tampa Bay.
Cobb himself is mediocre and isn't that big of a threat for the Jays. Tampa Bay's only 1-4 in Cobb's last 5 starts, and they are 2-9 in Cobb's last 11 starts when their opponents score 2 or less in their last game. Realistically, the Jays should be dogs, but the line is a tad too high to pass them up in this spot. Look for that rested bullpen to come through. Take the Toronto Blue Jays at +125 at Sports Interaction.
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