Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays meet on Tuesday for game two of their series in Toronto. The Blue Jays are -120 favorites over the Rays with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays have dropped six of their last 10 games as they lost again on Monday. Kelly Johnson had two hits, Eric Thames had a hit and Brett Lawrie had a hit as the Blue jays had four hits and a run total on Monday. On the mound Brandon Morrow allowed four hits and six runs while striking out seven over five innings to take his second loss of the year. For Tuesday’s game Toronto starts Henderson Alvarez who has won his last three starts. For the season Alvarez has allowed 40 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 14 over 48.1 innings of work for a 2.61 ERA.
The Tampa Bay Rays win on Monday put them back into a tie for first place in the A.L. East with the Baltimore Orioles. Sean Rodriguez had two hits and two RBI’s, Luke Scott had a hit and two RBI’s, and Ben Zobrist hit a solo home run as the Rays scored seven runs on seven hits. On the mound Jeff Niemann left after the first inning and was replaced by Cesar Ramos who allowed two hits and struck out three over three innings to get the win. For Tuesday’s game Tampa Bay starts David Price who looks to be back into form after a tough season a year ago. For the year Price has allowed 42 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 39 over 45.1 innings of work for a 2.98 ERA.
Toronto is 4-2 in their last six home games, 0-6 in their last six games against the A..L. East, and 2-5 in Alvarez’s last seven starts as a favorite. Tampa Bay is 6-2 in their last eight road games against a right handed starter, 17-8 in Price’s last 25 road starts. The Rays are 5-1 in the last six meetings of these two.
This one should belong to the pitchers and I have this one staying under the total.