Will the Rays Keep Up in the AL East
The Tampa Bay Rays come into this game 4.5 games behind first place in the AL East. With the top team in MLB today in the AL East ,the New York Yankees, the Rays need to keep winning to keep up.
With the Toronto Blue Jays struggling, the Rays have the perfect opportunity to pick up victories. However, the Blue Jays want to spoil things for the Rays.
Blue Jays Road Woes Will Continue if Mistakes Aren’t Corrected
When the Toronto Blue Jays tied Friday’s game in the eighth inning, they had hopes of pulling off a win. However, a costly bumble at shortstop during the bottom of the eighth would end their hopes. While the play wasn’t ruled as an error, it led to the Tampa Bay Rays scoring three runs, putting the game out of reach for the Blue Jays.
With Hyun Jin Ryu (0-0 13.50 ERA) starting for the Blue Jays, their defense will need to step things up. They need better play from their offense with runners on base. Several times the Blue Jays left runners in scoring position, hurting their comeback chances.
The team was two for five with runners in scoring position, and they left four men on base last night. Hitting hasn’t been the main issue with the Blue Jays during their skid; it’s their failure to bring runners home.
Rays Need Strong Start from Ryan Yarbrough
If the Tampa Bay Rays want to apply pressure on the Toronto Blue Jays, they need Ryan Yarbrough (0-0 6.14 ERA) to have a solid outing.
This is his third start, and his last one saw him go five innings and allow four hits and zero runs. If he can repeat that performance, the Rays won’t have any issues with the Blue Jays.
The Rays bullpen hasn’t been bad, as they aren’t allowing too many runs in most games. However, it would be best if Yarbrough could keep as much heat off the bullpen as possible.
If the game gets out of hand, you’ll most likely see outfielder Brett Phillips pitching, something the team has done in a blowout game.
Blue Jays vs Rays Head-to-Head
This series is the first between the two in 2022. The Tampa Bay Rays hold one win over the Toronto Blue Jays for this season. However, during the 2021 season, the Rays went 11-8 against the Blue Jays.
Currently, the Rays are a 1.5 run sportsbook favorite after their win last night.
Blue Jays vs Rays Game Information
- Game: Blue Jays (17-16) at Rays (20-13)
- Location: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay, FL
- Day/Time: Saturday, May 14, 6:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Blue Jays vs Rays Betting Lines
Toronto Blue Jays +1½ -200 +107 8½ Evo 3½ -120o 3½ -110u
H. Ryu -L
Tampa Bay Rays -1½ +170 -117 8½ -120u 4½ +115o 4½ -145u
R. Yarbrough -L
Blue Jays vs Rays Prediction
The Toronto Blue Jays are a team that has lost its way. While some of their woes come from defensive miscues, others come from opponents having lucky defensive plays against them. However, it all comes down to execution, something the Blue Jays team hasn’t done in their last five games.
From the betting side, the Blue Jays are 13-20 against the spread for 2022 but are 8-7 following a loss. However, they are 1-3 ATS after a loss since their losing streak began. The Tampa Bay Rays are 16-17 ATS and 11-8 following a win, something that plays well here tonight.
So when betting online and making your MLB picks and parlays, taking the Rays on the run line is the best play to make.