Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays meet for game two of their series in Toronto. The Blue Jays are -120 favorites over the Rays with an over/under run total se at 8.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays are the only fourth place team in all of baseball with a winning record but that means very little as they won’t be going to the post season. On Tuesday Brett Lawrie homered, Eric Thames had two hits, and Yunel Escobar had a hit as the Blue Jays scored one run off of seven hits. On the mound starter Henderson Alvarez allowed four hits and four earned runs while striking out six over six innings of work to take his second loss of the year. For Saturday’s game Toronto starts Luis Perez who has wins on both of his last two appearances. For the season Perez has allowed 47 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 41 over 49.2 innings of work.
The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t quit in their thinking they can make the post season but they can’t afford many losses at all at this point as the Yankees and Red Sox are comfortably ahead. On Friday Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria, and John Jaso all homered as the Rays scored six runs off of seven hits. On the mound James Shields went the distance as he allowed seven hits and a run while striking out 12 over the nine innings to earn his 12th win of the year. For Saturday’s rematch Tampa Bay starts Jeff Niemann who is coming off a loss to end a streak of four consecutive losses. For the season Niemann has allowed 99 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 83 over 105.2 innings of work.
Toronto is 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog, 2-6 in their last eight games overall, and 4-1 in their last five game two of a series. Tampa Bay is 11-2 in their last 13 games as a favorite, 7-2 in their last nine against the A.L. East, and 8-2 in Niemann’s last 10 starts as a home favorite. Tampa Bay is 9-3 in the last 12 games between these two.
This one sets up as a pitchers duel and while there may be five runs or so, that’s about it and that keeps it under.