The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays begin a 3 game series this evening.
Tampa Bay Rays (70-77) @ Toronto Blue Jays (76-69)
The Toronto Blue Jays come in to this series with the Rays winners of their last 4 games. The Jays were victorious on Wednesday 11-1 versus the Cubs. Starter Drew Hutchison recorded the win as he pitched 6.1 innings allowing only 1 earned run on 4 hits. Hutchison also collected 10 strikeouts. The Blue Jays outscored the Cubs 28-3 in the 3 game series. The team is currently in 2nd place in the AL East, 10 games behind the leading Orioles. They are 3.5 games behind the Tigers for the 2nd wildcard spot in the AL. Their starting pitcher tonight is lefty J.A. Happ. Happ has a 9-9 record with a 4.44 era and 112 strikeouts in 131.2 innings pitched. In his last outing, a start at Boston on September 6th, he suffered the loss as he pitched 6 innings while allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits. He has 4 losses in his last 6 starts. The Tampa Bay Rays continue their 6 game road trip this evening. They have lost their last 2 games and 3 of 4. Yesterday they were defeated 5-4 at the New York Yankees. Reliever Jake McGree was saddled with the loss as he blew the save pitching 1 out while allowing 3 earned runs on 2 hits. The Rays had a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 8th inning but gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th and 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th. In the game they out-hit the Yankees 10 to 4. The team is currently in 4th place in the AL East, 17 games behind the leading Orioles. Their starting pitcher tonight is right-handed Nathan Karns. Karns has an 0-1 record with a 7.50 era in 12 innings pitched.
Toronto is 40-31 at home this season. Tampa Bay is 37-35 on the road this season.
The Blue Jays are 10-6 versus the Rays this season.
Prediction: The Jays are trying to make a late run at the 2nd wildcard spot in the AL, they’ll need to keep it going this evening versus the Rays.
Take the Blue Jays 1.72 (Bet365)
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