Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays September 4th

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Devil Rays wrap up their 3 game series this evening.

Toronto Blue Jays (71-67) @ Tampa Bay Rays (67-73)

The Toronto Blue Jays look to complete a 3 game sweep at Tampa Bay tonight. The Blue Jays have won 4 games in a row overall. In those 4 games they outscored their opponents 21-9. Yesterday they were victorious 7-4. Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman notched his 9th win of the season. Designated hitter (yesterday) Edwin Encarnacion hit his 29th home run. The team is currently 3rd in the AL East, 10 games behind the leading Orioles. They are 4.5 games behind the Tigers for the 2nd wildcard spot in the AL. Their starting pitcher tonight is lefty Mark Buehrle. Buehrle has an 11-9 record with a 3.50 era with a 98 strikeouts in 167 innings pitched. He hasn’t recorded a victory in his last 5 starts. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost 7 of their last 10 games. In the 7 losses they were outscored 44-17. The team is currently in 4th place in the AL East, 15 games behind the leading Orioles. Their starting pitcher tonight is right-handed Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi has a 10-11 record with a 4.03 era and 163 strikeouts in 147.1 innings pitched. In his last start, at home versus the Red Sox on August 30th, he recorded a win as he lasted 7 innings giving up 0 earned runs on 1 hit. He is 3-2 in his last 5 starts.

Toronto is 34-36 on the road this season. Tampa Bay is 31-40 at home this season.

The Blue Jays are 9-6 versus the Rays this season.

Prediction: After winning yesterday the Jays wrapped up a road series win in Tampa for the first time in 7 years. Tonight it would be icing on the cake if they can get their first ever 3 game sweep in Tampa.

Take the Blue Jays 2.20 (Bet365)

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