Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays meet for game three and the rubber match of their series on Thursday. The Blue Jays are -130 favorites over the Rays with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays dominated game one of the series but on Wednesday it was them on the wrong side of a one sided game taking the loss. On Wednesday Jeff Mathis hit a solo home run, Yunel Escobar had four hits, and Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus had two hits each as the Blue Jays scored twice on 12 hits. On the mound Brandon Morrow allowed eight hits and six earned runs while striking out three but it was the three home runs that were his undoing and tagged him with his first loss of the year. For Thursday’s series finale Toronto starts Henderson Alvarez who has yet to have a decision this year. For the season Alvarez has allowed 10 hits and four earned runs while striking out four for a 2.77 ERA.
It hasn’t been the best road trip for the Tampa Bay Rays but on Wednesday night they took out their frustration on the Jays. Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce, Sean Rodriguez, and Luke Scott all homered as the Rays scored 12 runs on 10 hits. On the mound David Price was solid getting his second win of the year as he allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out three over 5.2 innings of work. For Thursday’s game Tampa Bay starts Jeremy Hellickson who was strong his first time out but was shaky in his last outing. For the season Hellickson has allowed 10 hits and five earned runs while striking out five over 12.2 innings of work for a 3.29 ERA.
Toronto is 4-2 in their in their last six home games against a team with a losing record, 4-0 in hteir last four Thursday games, and 1-4 in Alvarez’s last five starts. Tampa Bay is 2-4 in their last six games as an underdog, 2-5 in their last seven road games, and 1-4 in Hellickson’s last five road starts. The Rays are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 8.5 and I see this one going over the number.