Blue Jays Looking To Stop Skid in Matchup with Rays
The MLB Playoff odds are heating up with just over two weeks remaining in the season, and there is a big matchup taking place in Florida. The Tampa Bay Rays look for their third straight win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a battle of AL East teams.
Toronto had a pretty clear advantage over Tampa Bay in the AL Wild-Card race, but things have tightened with the first two games of this series. The Blue Jays are still six games over .500 on the road, but they have been struggling of late.
Tampa Bay was faltering coming into this series, but it has been able to flip the script on the Blue Jays. The Rays are 51-28 at home, and that has allowed them to stay in the playoff race all season long.
The MLB lines for this game have the Tampa Bay Rays as the Moneyline betting favorites at -106 against their rivals from the AL East.
Toronto Needs Starting Pitching
Toronto has scored 11 total runs through the first two games of this series, but some bad outings from their starters has kept them from winning games. The Blue Jays do have a team ERA that is approaching 4.00, and they need the pitching staff to start stepping up.
Alek Manoah is set to make the start on Saturday, and he has gone 14-7 with a 2.40 ERA. Manoah has gotten better as the season has moved along, and he should be good enough to give his team a chance to win this game.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the team with 30 home runs, but this is a lineup that can do some damage. Toronto has one of the most feared lineups in baseball, and it’s one that is filled with plenty of power.
Rays Finding Some Offense
Rays manager Kevin Cash has been pleased with his offense so far in this series and knows that it will need to continue as the series drags on. After the win on Friday night, Cash said, “They’re a very tough team to keep quiet for nine innings, so we’ll take runs any way we can get them.”
Randy Arozarena had six RBIs in the win on Friday night, and he leads the team in that department with 87. Tampa Bay is not always a great offensive team, but they have shown the ability to get hot in a hurry.
Drew Rasmussen will be on the mound,and he is 10-6 with a 2.92 ERA. Tampa Bay has been getting great starting pitching all season long, and they will look to use that to make a deep playoff run.
Blue Jays vs Rays Head-to-Head
Looking at the scores and odds in this head-to-head matchup can provide some useful information when making picks in this game. Tampa Bay has won the first two games in this MLB series, and that trend has continued all season.
Tampa Bay has won 10 of the first 17 games against Toronto in the 2022 season.
Blue Jays vs Rays Game Information
- Game: Blue Jays (84-67) vs Rays (84-67)
- Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
- Day/Time: Saturday, September 24, 6:10 p.m. ET
- Blue Jays vs Rays Live Stream: MLB TV
Blue Jays vs Rays Betting Lines
|-104||6½ -115o||3½ -145u|
|Rays||-106||6½ -105u||3½ -145u|
Blue Jays vs Rays Prediction
You usually want to focus on the starting pitching matchup when making MLB picks, but you won’t get much help in this game since things are so tight. This game will likely come down to which team will come up with the big hit, and the Rays have been getting it done up to this point.
Both teams are coming into this game needing a big win, but Tampa Bay has been on an absolute roll up to this point. Toronto will manage to keep this game closer than the first two games, but the end result is going to be the same.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Tampa Bay Rays -106 as they pick up a third straight win over the Toronto Blue Jays.