Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays Free Tip July 18th

This  afternoon the Toronto Blue Jays play game 2 of their 3 game weekend series at home versus the Tampa Bay Rays.

 Tampa Bay Rays (46-46) @ Toronto Blue Jays (46-46)

The Toronto Blue Jays the post-All Star Game portion of their season with a 6-2 win at home versus the Rays yesterday. Starter Drew Hutchison nabbed his 9th win of the season as he pitched 6 innings while allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits. He gave up 1 home run. He struck out 3 and walked 2 batters. He threw 85 pitches in the game. The win advanced his record to 9-2 on the season. Reliever Bo Schultz pitched 2 innings while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 4 and walked 1 batter. Reliever Roberto Osuna pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 1 batter. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson hit his 22nd home run of the season. He was 1 for 2 with 2 runs batted in and 1 run scored. He also walked 2 times. The rbis were his 61st and 62nd of the season. 1st baseman Justin Smoak hit his 9th home run of the season. He was 2 for 4 with 3 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. He now has 28 rbis on the season. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was 1 for 3 with 1 run scored. He also walked 1 time. Left-fielder Chris Colabello drove in his 33rd rbi of the season. The Blue Jays had 6 hits in the game. Today their starting pitcher is right-handed R.A. Dickey. Dickey is 3-10 with a 4.87 era and 70 strikeouts in 114.2 innings pitched. He’s made 18 starts this season. In his last start, a loss on July 9th at the Chicago White Sox, he pitched 7 innings while giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 2 batters. He threw 114 pitches in the game. He has lost his last 4 starts. He now has a career record of 92 wins and 92 losses. He has a career era of 4.04. This is his 13th season in MLB and his 3rd with Toronto. He’s also pitched for Texas, Seattle, Minnesota, and the New York Mets. The Tampa Bay Rays have now lost 3 straight games after yesterday’s 6-2 defeat. Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi dropped to 5-6 on the season as he pitched 4.1 innings while allowing 6 earned runs on 6 hits. He gave up 2 home runs. He struck out 1 and walked 5 batters. He threw 93 pitches in the game. Reliever Alex Colome pitched 1.2 innings while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 1 batter. Reliever Steven Geltz pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. He walked 1 batter. Reliever Brandon Gomes pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. Right-fielder Grady Sizemore hit his 2nd home run of the season. He was 1 for 4 with 1 run batted in and 1 run scored. The rbi was his 7th of the season. He also struck out 1 time. 3rd baseman Evan Longoria was 1 for 4 with 1 run scored. He hit his 18th double of the season. 2nd baseman Logan Forsythe was 1 for 2 with 1 run batted in. The rbi was his 36th of the season. He also walked 1 time and struck out once. Center-fielder Kevin Kiermaier was 1 for 4. He struck out 2 times. The Rays had 5 hits in the game. This afternoon their starting pitcher is right-handed Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez is 8-3 with a 3.63 era and 66 strikeouts in 79.1 innings pitched. He’s made 13 starts this season. In his last start, a win on July 10th at home versus Houston, he pitched 6 innings while allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits. He gave up 1 home run. He struck out 5 and walked 1 batter. He threw 77 pitches in the game. This is his 4th season in MLB, 1st with the Rays. He spent his first 3 seasons with Seattle. He has a career record of 15-15 with a 4.34 era.

Toronto is 27-18 at home this season. They have scored 492 runs and allowed 406 runs on the season. Tampa Bay is 22-19 on the road this season. They have scored 334 runs and allowed 347 runs on the season.

This is the 12th meeting of the season between the Blue Jays and the Rays. The Rays have won 7 of the first 11 meetings. Including today the 2 teams play 5 more times this season.

Prediction: The Rays will end their 3 game skid behind the pitching of Ramirez. I can’t pick the Blue Jays while Dickey is pitching, he is really on a slide right now.

Take the Rays 2.30 (Bet365)

July 18, 2015 by : Posted in Baseball No Comments
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