Stellar Pitching Matchup Highlights Series Opener
There’s an intriguing head-to-head on the mound between (very) early Cy Young Award favorite Kevin Gausman for the Toronto Blue Jays and standout Drew Rasmussen for the Tampa Bay Rays. When making your MLB bet, it’s hard to go against Gausman these days, but Rasmussen will tease those betting online – he is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA over his last three starts.
The Blue Jays have lost four straight and are 1-5 on their current nine-game road trip. The Rays just enjoyed a very different experience away from home, wrapping up a 7-3 trip with a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Gausman on Dominant Run
The Toronto Blue Jays have a 5.84 ERA on the road trip and the only game they’ve won on the trip so far was, naturally, with Gausman on the mound. Gausman has been victorious in five of his six starts this year and the 31-year-old is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA over his last four outings.
“It’s his strike-throwing. You have to beat him,” manager Charlie Montoyo recently told MLB.com of Gausman, who has 46 strikeouts against only one walk on the season. “He’s not going to walk you. The one thing about facing good hitters all the time, when you don’t give them extra chances with walks, you have to beat him.”
The Rays beat him pretty badly the last time Gausman pitched in Tropicana Field (seven runs in 2 ⅔ innings), but that was way back in 2018. He is a much different pitcher.
Rays Bounce Back after Being No-Hit
If and when this Rays squad makes a deep postseason run, it may look back on May 11 as a key date. Just hours after being held hitless by Angels’ lefty Reid Detmers in a 12-0 beatdown that extended their losing streak to three games, they were forced to face Shohei Ohtani, the do-everything ace for the Angels. The MLB lines said it would be a tough task, but Tampa Bay eked out a 4-2 win in extra innings to put a nice bow on the road trip.
“You learn a lot about your team coming to the ballpark on days like today,” Kevin Keirmaier, who started the scoring with a solo homer, told reporters.
The resilient Rays now have an MLB-leading four extra-innings victories (no other team has more than two).
Blue Jays vs Rays Head-to-Head
The Tampa Bay Rays have won the season series four years in a row and entered the first of 19 matchups in 2022 with the momentum. Sixteen of those games are from June 30 on, so those visiting the sportsbook this summer will have plenty of opportunities to take some action on these AL East rivals.
They’ll also be able to do it in bunches, as these teams twice play five-game series in Toronto, both of which feature doubleheaders.
Blue Jays vs Rays Game Information
- Game: Blue Jays (17-15) vs Rays (19-13)
- Location: Tropicana Field
- Day/Time: Friday, May 13th, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Blue Jays vs Rays Live Stream: MLB.tv
Blue Jays vs Rays Betting Lines
|Toronto Blue Jays||-1½ +145||-125||6½-125o||3½-110o / 3½-120u|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1½ -165||+115||6½+105u||2½-145o / 2½+115u|
Blue Jays vs Rays Prediction
It’s not often one eyes their MLB picks and finds a baseball over/under such as this one (6.5), but that’s what you get with two hot pitchers facing lineups that have come back to the pack this year. After leading the AL in OPS last season, the Blue Jays are fifth, while the Rays’ slugging percentage has fallen 47 points from 2021 to 2022.
Gausman has the edge, however, amid a historic start, and a Rays lineup that has produced just eight runs over its last four games figures to be tested. Only Keirmaier (6-for-22, two homers) has much experience against Gausman, which means nearly the entire lineup will be getting a first glance at the righty’s incredible splitter.
The run line simply doesn’t give you much wiggle room in what figures to be a low-scoring affair, but until someone figures out Gausman, it’s a good bet to go with the Jays when he’s out there.