Blue Jays vs. Rays Prediction
The Toronto Blue Jays picked up a surprising shutout win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. Can the Jays earn another upset this evening at 7:10PM ET?
969 Toronto Blue Jays vs. 970 Tampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
7:10PM ET – Tropicana Field
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Rays are the heavy favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -200 to win. The Blue Jays are listed with a money line of +165 to win, while the over/under total is set at 8.5 runs. The public betting for the contest currently has 69 percent going on the Rays 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 shock Rays
Toronto picked up a 2-0 win over the Rays in the series opener on Monday night. They are 6-2 in their current road trip. The Blue Jays are 46-69 overall, 26-35 on the road and 56-55 with the under. Toronto has Trent Thornton getting the start today. He is 4-7 on the year with a 5.23 ERA.
Jacob Waguespack improved to 3-1 on the season by throwing six scoreless innings on Monday, striking out four while allowing just four hits. The Toronto bullpen then threw three scoreless innings with Derek Law getting his second save of the year. Bo Bichette led the Jays at the plate with a solo home run, two hits and two runs scored. Cavan Biggio drove in the other run.
Rays end win streak
Tampa was on a six-game win streak and hot at the plate coming into Monday, but the bats went silent in the loss to Toronto. Tampa is now 65-49 overall, 30-27 at home and 55-50 with the under. The Rays have Andrew Kittredge on the mound today. He is 1-0 on the season with a 2.52 ERA.
After a scoring surge that lasted a week, Tampa was held to just five hits on Monday, all of which were singles. Not a single player had multiple hits. On the mound, Charlie Morton pitched well, but took the loss. He threw seven innings and allowed the two runs, but struck out nine and walked none. Morton is now 12-4 on the year.
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays have won seven straight Game 2’s of a series and seven of their last nine road games against a right-handed starter.
The Rays are 6-1 in their last seven games against a right-handed starter, but just 2-6 in their last 8 Tuesday games.
The Rays were shocked last night and now return to their form of starting a reliever. It has worked out just fine for them most of the season and Kittredge typically does well on the mound. Thornton has had an inflated ERA all season and has been pretty inconsistent with the lengths of his starts. Over two starts against the Rays, Thornton has a 9.39 ERA. Given Tampa struggled at the plate last night, I expect them to bounce back tonight. Their pitching staff will be strong no matter who is on the mound.
MLB Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays -200