Rays vs. Blue Jays MLB Betting Preview
The Toronto Blue Jays face surging Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night to start a four-game series. The Rays are going for their sixth straight win.
Thursday, September 20 at 7:07 PM ET.
Odds: Tampa Bay is -143-moneyline favorites. The total is 8.5 Under -120.
Stanek pitches an inning of relief on Tuesday
Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.49 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) threw a perfect ninth inning in a 4-0 win against the Rangers on Tuesday. He recorded one strikeout. Stanek has been unhittable lately. He has thrown six scoreless innings in eight appearances (four starts) since August 31.
The Rays have scored 659 runs (19th in the majors). They are putting up 4.36 runs per game (18th), hitting .260 (2nd) with 141 home runs (27th).
Tampa Bay ranks 3rd with a 3.59 ERA, 3rd with a 1.18 WHIP and 12th with 1314 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 10th with a 3.61 ERA.
C.J. Cron leads the Rays with 27 home runs and 65 RBI. Jake Bauers has 11 home runs and 46 RBI.
Gaviglio runs into trouble in Boston
Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.25 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) gave up two earned runs on six hits (one home run) in his last outing. He had a walk with a strikeout over just 3 1/3 innings to get a no-decision in a 4-3 loss against the Red Sox last Thursday.
Gaviglio is 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP in his last two starts.
The Blue Jays have scored 669 runs (17th in the majors). They are putting up 4.40 runs per game (17th), hitting .244 (20th) with 201 home runs (5th).
Toronto ranks 26th with a 4.82 ERA, 26th with a 1.40 WHIP and 21st with 1222 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 21st with a 4.37 ERA.
Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 24 home runs, 76 RBI, a .355 OBP and 120 hits. Randal Grichuk has 23 home runs and 54 RBI. Kendrys Morales has 21 home runs and 57 RBI.
The Tampa Bay Rays are:
23-6 in their last 29 games against a right-handed starter
16-5 in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record
39-13 in their last 52 when their opponent scores two runs or less in their previous game
40-16 in their last 56 after scoring five runs or more in their previous game
36-17 in their last 53 overall
5-0 in Stanek’s last five starts when their opponent scores two runs or less in their previous game
5-0 in Stanek’s last five starts against a team with a losing record
6-0 in Stanek’s last six starts on astroturf
5-1 in Stanek’s last six starts after scoring five runs or more in their previous game
4-0 in Stanek’s last four starts against the Blue Jays
7-2 in the last nine meetings
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
3-7 in their last 10 home games following a road trip of seven or more days
7-21 in their last 28 games against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
4-14 in their last 18 Thursday games
1-8 in Gaviglio’s last nine starts
0-7 in Gaviglio’s last seven starts against a team with a winning record.
The Rays are red-hot. They’re the better team, by far. Ryne Stanek has done a great job limiting opponents from putting runs on the board in the first inning. He keeps the runs down before handing the ball off to the rest of the bullpen.
Stanek hasn’t given up an earned run in six innings over his last eight appearances (four starts). Sam Gaviglio is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in two starts against the Rays this season.
MLB Pick: Rays -143 at Jazz Sports
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