Major Playoff Implications
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays are in a heated race to claim a Wild Card spot in the American League down the stretch of this season.
The Rays currently reside one game behind the Blue Jays in this race and a win here could go a long way to jumping Toronto in the standings.
The Rays got the better of Toronto on Thursday, beating them 10-5 to snap a three-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the defeat was the Blue Jays’ third out of his last four games.
Which of these rosters can pull out with a victory and cash on the MLB betting odds? Let’s examine further for those who bet online.
Springs Gets Nod for Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays are going to be rolling with Jeffrey Springs, who is 9-4 record with a stellar 2.45 ERA. He’s also been a key factor in this Tampa Bay run late.
The Rays have won each of the last four games in which Springs has appeared, including a date with the Blue Jays. He pitched six innings and allowed three hits and zero runs.
He’s pitched 10.2 innings against the Jays and has allowed just seven hits and a .184 batting average. George Springer and Vladdy Guerrero Jr. are a combined 2-for-15 against him.
If you’re eying the MLB odds here, note that Springs is weaker on the road than at home. His ERA is nearly a run higher on the road (2.88) than at home (1.94). We’ll see if that factors in this one.
Blue Jays Sending Out White
Mitch White is going to be taking the mound to kick this game off for Toronto and he’s just 1-6 with a 5.05 ERA. White started the year with the Los Angeles Dodgers before getting flipped to the Blue Jays.
Since the deal, he’s appeared in seven games with the Jays, winning only two of them. He’s been a fairly solid option to fade for your MLB picks and Friday might be another opportunity for that.
Rays vs Blue Jays Head-to-Head
The Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays have squared off 16 times, with each team winning eight games.
Rays vs Blue Jays Game Information
- Game: Rays (83-67) vs Blue Jays (84-66)
- Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
- Day/Time: Friday, Sept. 23rd, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Rays vs Blue Jays Live Sream: MLB.tv
Rays vs Blue Jays Betting Lines
|Toronto Blue Jays |
M. White -R
|+1½ -175||+125||7-125o||3½+115o |
|Tampa Bay Rays |
J. Springs -L
|-1½ +155||-140||7+105u||3½-130o |
Rays vs Blue Jays Prediction
All signs currently point to the Rays coming away with another victory against the Blue Jays in this matchup.
Not only has Springs pitched to a far better record and ERA than White, he’s been able to hold the Jays without a run in 10.2 innings across two games.
That alone gives them the edge in this one. However, it gets better for them that White will be the opposing starter. White is just 1-6 and hasn’t really found any sort of rhythm on the mound with Toronto.
Tampa Bay is going to close the gap by the time this game ends. Take the Rays with your MLB picks.