Blue Jays vs. Rays Prediction
Can the Tampa Bay Rays make their way to the .500 mark on Sunday when they host the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, May 6, 2018
1:10PM ET – Tropicana Field
TV: SUN (TB)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Rays are favored at home as they are getting odds of -140 to win. The Blue Jays are listed with a odds of +130 to prevail. The over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting currently has 71% going on Tampa Bay at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Jays on a skid
The Blue Jays have lost three straight and four of their last five following a 5-3 loss to the Rays on Saturday. Toronto is now 18-16 overall and 9-9 on the road. The Jays are putting up 5.30 runs per game this season while allowing 4.79 per contest.
Marco Estrada gets the start for the Blue Jays on Sunday. He is 2-2 through six starts with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He has pitched 32 innings this season and has 26 strikeouts with 10 walks. However, he has also given up nine home runs.
Tampa seeks a sweep
Tampa Bay is looking to complete a sweep of the Blue Jays today after winning the first two games in the series. The Rays are now 15-16 overall and 8-7 at home. Tampa is putting up 4.53 runs per game this season while allowing 4.63 per contest.
Chris Archer gets the start for the Rays today as he seeks to get back on track. Archer is 2-2 through seven starts this year with a 6.05 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He has given up at least three earned runs in five of his seven starts. He has pitched 38.2 innings and has 42 strikeouts with 12 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays have won five of their last six Sunday games. However, they have lost six of their last seven against AL East opponents and they have lost 13 of their last 19 when Estrada starts against a losing team.
The Rays have won six straight home games and six of their last seven against division opponents. They have also won seven of their last eight against a team with a winning record.
Can the Rays continue their hot play knowing Archer is not pitching well? I think so. I think their hitting can continue to score runs on the Toronto pitching, especially Estrada. Archer is capable of pitching well and I think he can find his better stuff today while getting some good run support.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -140