Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays face off on Monday in Tampa Bay for game one of the ir AL East series. The Rays are -122 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Tampa Bay Rays head home with the momentum of a win on Sunday but they enter the series and the week tied for last place I the AL East. The Rays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 21-16 at home this season, and they are five games back in the American League East. As a team the Rays are hitting .259 with James Loney an Evan Longoria both hitting .304 and Ben Zobrist hitting .272. The Rays opponents are hitting .246 and the Tampa Bay pitching staff has an ERA of 4.34 with the starters at 4.54 and the bullpen at 3.96. For game on in their return home the Rays start Jeremy Hellickson who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Hellickson has allowed 96 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 70 over 91.2 innings for a 5-3 record and a 5.50 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays have won 11 games in a row and they are easily the hottest team in baseball as they head to Tropicana Field. The Jays are 18-21 on the road this season and five games back in the AL East standings as they are now tied for fourth place in the division. As a team the Jays are hitting .251 with Melky Cabrera hitting .276, Edwin Encarnacion hitting .274, and Jose Bautista hitting .254. For The Jays opponents are hitting .254 with the Toronto pitching staff having an ERA of 4.04 with the starters at 4.84 and the bullpen at 2.83. For Monday’s game the Jays start Esmil Rogers who has won his last two starts. For the season Rogers has allowed 45 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 30 over 48.2 innings for a 3-2 record and a 3.14 ERA.
The Rays are 4-8 in their last 12 games, 8-3 in their last 11 home games against a team with a losing road record, and 7-2 Hellickson’s last nine home starts. Toronto is 8-0 in their last eight games as an underdog, 15-2 in their last 17 games overall, and 4-0 in Rogers last four starts. Toronto is 12-39 in their last 52 games in Tampa Bay.
The Jays are just way too hot right now which makes them too hard to go against.
Toronto Blue Jays +112 Tampa Bay Rays