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Take Rays to Beat Blue Jays in MLB Betting Picks

American League East rivals will kick off the season against each other when the Toronto Blue Jays head south to take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The meeting will be the first of many and the start of a four-game series. The Rays flamed out early in the playoffs last season, falling in the Wild-Card round, while Toronto failed to make the postseason altogether. With Tampa Bay at home, MLB odds slightly favor it in the opener.

 

Take Rays to Beat Blue Jays in MLB Betting Picks
Take Rays to Beat Blue Jays in MLB Betting Picks

Blue Jays vs Rays Game Information

  • Game: Blue Jays vs Rays
  • Location: Tropicana Field, St Petersburg, FL
  • Day/Time: Thursday, March 28, 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Blue Jays vs. Rays Live Stream: MLB.tv

 

The Tampa Bay Rays will try to start their season with a win at home when they host the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday at Tropicana Field. MLB betting lines lean in favor of the Rays, with the sportsbook setting the total at 7 ½ runs.

 

Blue Jays vs Rays Odds and Spreads

 

  • Rays are 7-1 in Zach Eflins last 8 starts vs. American League East.
  • Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
  • Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog.
  • Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
  • Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
  • Blue Jays are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games.

 

Blue Jays vs Rays Moneyline Pick: Rays (-128)

The first few games of the season are always harder to predict with only spring training games to go off, but the Rays should still be a good choice to edge past the Blue Jays at home.

Toronto’s Jose Berrios had a strong 2023 season, finishing with a 3.65 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, and he’ll have to come out swinging from the start against a strong Rays lineup. Tampa Bay was third in the MLB last season, batting .260, while its 230 home runs were sixth. With a number of those hitters back, it’ll be looking to replicate that success. Though spring training doesn’t mean much, it appears the Rays are off to a solid start, averaging four runs a game in their last five.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, haven’t seemed to recreate the same production in spring training as they had last season. After batting .256 for eighth in the league, Toronto has averaged 3.4 runs a game in its last five. With Tampa starter Zach Eflin coming off a career year, earning a 3.50 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, he’ll look to build off that and continue to make things difficult for Toronto’s lineup.

With a strong start from Eflin and the Rays continuing their offensive success, they should be able to pick up a win in their home and season opener.

 

 

Blue Jays vs Rays Player Prop Pick: Jose Berrios Under 2.5 Earned Runs (-157)

Berrios had a strong year last season, and he will be looking to continue that with a solid start against a good batting lineup in the Rays. Berrios performed well against Tampa Bay in his two games against it last season, allowing one earned run in each of those games, and he should be a strong play to fluster the Rays again.

 

 

Blue Jays vs Rays Score Prediction

Rays 4, Blue Jays 3

 

 

Questions Of The Day

What was the Rays’ record at home last season?


Tampa Bay was 53-28 at home in the 2023 season.

Who are the projected starting pitchers in the game?


Jose Berrios is expected to take the mound for Toronto while Zach Eflin is projected to be Tampa’s starter.

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