Rays vs. Blue Jays Sunday Prediction
The Rays were hot offensively heading into yesterday’s game in Toronto, but Tampa was shut down by Toronto pitching. With Charlie Morton on the mound Sunday, are the Rays a good bet to rebound with not only a win, but a victory for bettors on the runline?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, April 14, 2019
1:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Center, Toronto, Ontario
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 64% of the betting tickets are on the Rays to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline.
Tampa Bay Rays Fantasy Spin
Austin Meadows went 2-for-3 and drove home the Rays' lone run in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays. The budding superstar also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in three of his four plate appearances. He drove in Willy Adames with his RBI single off of Clay Buchholz in the sixth inning that gave the Rays a 1-0 lead at the time, but would be short-lived. He's off to an incredible start at the plate, slashing .385/.467/.788 with six long balls, 16 RBI and two stolen bases.
Toronto Blue Fantasy Spin
Teoscar Hernandez went 1-for-4 and drove in a run as the Blue Jays rallied to beat the Rays on Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre. Hernandez delivered an insurance run as his run-scoring single brought home Luke Maile in the eighth inning to increase the Jays' lead to 3-1. He also struck out twice on the afternoon. Hernandez is off to a slow start at the dish this season, hitting just .213/.309/.298 with no home runs and six RBI.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rays are 15-7 in their last 22 games versus the Blue Jays despite losing in Toronto on Saturday.
The Blue Jays have lost five of Marcus Stroman’s last seven home starts versus the Rays.
The Rays disappointed in multiple ways on Saturday, from losing despite receiving another stellar outing out of Blake Snell, to their previously-hot offense being surprisingly shut down by Toronto starter Clay Buchholz. But the Rays also squandered several opportunities to score runs in the middle innings, which included stranding a runner on third multiple times with less than two outs, as well as one player being thrown out at home. Snell dominated Toronto yesterday and Morton should do the same today. While the Blue Jays are six-for-21 versus Morton, they don’t have a run to show for it and have struck out eight times. Meanwhile, while Stroman is off to a good start for the Jays, the Rays have hit him hard. Kevin Kiermaier has two home runs and five RBI against Stroman, while Mike Zunino homered off him in the only game he played versus the starter. The Rays are relatively expensive on the moneyline at -152, but they do offer better value if you’re willing to risk their runline odds (+105).
The Pick: Tampa Rays -1.5 (+105)