Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays meet for game two of their series in Tampa Bay. The Rays are -160 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under total set at 7.5.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a winning record but they are drifting out of the post season race. On Tuesday Desmond Jennings hit a home run and Casey Kotchman and B.J. Upton each had hits as the Rays had three hits for the entire night and scored just one run. On the mound starter David Price allowed five hits and three runs while striking out six over 6.2 innings of work to take his 10th loss of the season. For Wednesday’s game Tampa Bay look to James Shields who has lost five of his last six starts. For the season Shields has allowed 130 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 153 in 160.1 innings of work.
The Toronto Blue Jays have a chance to move into third place in the American League East with a win as they are just a half of a game behind the Rays in the division. On Tuesday Jose Bautista and Yunel Escobar homered while Raji Davis added two hits as the Jays scored three times off of six hits. On the mound Ricky Romero was dominating for his second straight performance as he allowed just one hit and one run while striking out seven over eight innings of work to earn his ninth win of the season while Jon Rauch earned his 10th save. For Wednesday’s game Toronto starts Carlos Villanueva who won his last time out. For the season Villanueva has allowed 86 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 62 in 95 innings of work.
Tampa Bay is 1-4 in their last five games against a right handed starter, 1-6 in their last seven game two of a series, and 2-5 in Shields’ last seven starts against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 5-1 in their last six road games against a team with a losing road record, and 1-4 in Villanueva’s last five starts. Toronto is 8-25 in their last 33 games in Tampa Bay.
Both of these teams are just better on the road than they are at home so the road team seems to be the play in this spot. Take the Blue Jays plus the 140.
Toronto Blue Jays +140 Tampa Bay Rays