Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, MLB Baseball Odds, Las Vegas Betting Online, Picks, Predictions

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TAMPA BAY RAYS TORONTO BLUE JAYS
60-62, 3rd in American League East August 17, 4:07 PM | Turf of Rogers Centre 58-62, 5th in American League East
Tampa Bay at Toronto, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 4:07 PM ET, Thursday, August 17, 2017
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TV: 4:07 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), Sportsnet (Toronto)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Chris Rowley (1-0, 1.69)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Tampa Bay Rays [C. Archer -R] -1½ +100 -157 Ov 9 -105
Toronto Blue Jays [C. Rowley -R] +1½ -120 +147 Un 9 -115
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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays meet at Rogers Centre.

Right hander Chris Archer will take the mound for the Rays to start this game. Archer is 8-7 this season with a 3.90 ERA.

Meanwhile, it’ll be Chris Rowley who starts for the Blue Jays. Right hander Rowley is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA so far this season.

Archer saw his 15-game streak of completing six innings come to an end Saturday, when he allowed three runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 frames of a loss to Cleveland. The 28-year-old North Carolina native, who is 5-3 on the road this year, has managed to post one win in his last seven outings but has recorded five quality starts in that stretch. Kendrys Morales is 15-for-25 with three homers and eight RBIs versus Archer, who is 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 22 career starts against the Blue Jays.

Rowley won his major-league debut on Saturday against Pittsburgh, permitting one run, five hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. “It was actually the best I’ve seen him throwing his sinker away to right-handed hitters,” Blue Jays catcher Raffy Lopez told MLB.com. “Usually, it tends to move over the plate, but today, it was the best he’s been able to locate it down and away.” The 27-year-old Rowley was 6-6 with a 2.29 ERA in 27 games (11 starts) in the minors.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 157-moneyline favorites versus the Blue Jays, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

Former American League MVP Josh Donaldson suffered through a difficult July, but he has been a big factor in keeping the Toronto Blue Jays on the fringe of the race for a wild-card spot this month. Donaldson aims for his fifth straight multi-hit performance as the Blue Jays vie for a series victory when they host the sliding Tampa Bay Rays in the finale on Thursday afternoon.

Donaldson batted .216 in July and there were rumors he could be traded, but he has rebounded with a .383 average and seven homers this month – including a 9-for-17 effort during a five-game hitting streak after recording two hits in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory. Toronto is 9-5 in August and sits 3 ½ games out of the second wild-card spot as Army veteran Chris Rowley makes his second major-league start Thursday against Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer, who is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three outings against the Blue Jays in 2017. The Rays suffered their ninth loss in 12 contests Wednesday and are just one game ahead of the Blue Jays in the race for a wild card. Tampa Bay has scored two runs or fewer in nine of those dozen games and stranded nine baserunners – three in the seventh inning – while going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in its latest defeat.

The Blue Jays were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at -128 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Tampa Bay was a 3-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Blue Jays. They lost as +118 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

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Tampa Bay:
Team record: 60-62 SU
Tampa Bay is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games

Toronto:
Team record: 58-62 SU
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto’s last 7 games
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Seattle Friday, August 18
Toronto at Chicago Friday, August 18

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Rays 3B Evan Longoria is 8-for-48 with no homers and two RBIs since posting four hits in the first game of the month.

2. Toronto OF Steve Pearce is 4-for-11 in the series with three extra-base hits, including a solo homer on Wednesday.

3. Tampa Bay RHP Steve Cishek has not given up a run in nine innings since being acquired from Seattle.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Tampa Bay Rays will win outright at -157 and the game will go over 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Rays 7, Blue Jays 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TB TEAM TOR
4.30 RUNS 4.27
4.39 RUNS AGNST 4.92
-0.08 DIFF -0.65
-$378 MONEY -$1,310
4.07 TEAM ERA 4.51
8.32 OFF HITS 8.14
3.46 OFF WALKS 3.46
9.66 OFF Ks 7.83
8.25 DEF HITS 8.91
3.21 DEF WALKS 3.57
8.06 DEF Ks 8.54
INJURIES
TAMPA BAY RAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Gavin Floyd P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TAMPA BAY RAYS
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Toronto
Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto’s last 7 games
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto’s last 7 games at home
Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay
Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Toronto’s Overall Defense 4.3 13 4.9 10
Tampa Bay’s Away Scoring vs Toronto’s Home Defense 4.3 10 4.8 11
Tampa Bay’s Road ERA vs Toronto’s Home ERA Allowed 4.4 5 3.9 15
Toronto’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 4.3 14 4.4 5
Toronto’s Home Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Road Defense 4.1 15 4.8 8
Toronto’s Home ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Road ERA Allowed 4.4 11 4.0 9
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
RAYS
Rays lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game.
Rays have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.1 per game.
Rays are third in the league in striking out opponents with 8.1 per game.
BLUE JAYS
Blue Jays have allowed the third most runs in the league at 4.7 runs per game.

 

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