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Carlos Villanueva out to silence Rays bats in MLB contest

Tampa Bay RaysToronto Blue Jays
Aug 30, 7:07 PM | TurfRogers Centre

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds

71-59TEAM RECORD58-71

Baseball bettors look for value at Rogers Centre on Thursday as host Toronto battles the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball odds action.

Matt Moore gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Rays on this day; he's 10-7 on the season. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, will counter with Carlos Villanueva, who will be looking to improve on his 4-4 mark.

View Tampa Bay vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Blue Jays in this one, they're listed as moneyline underdogs of +145 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 10-ranked Blue Jays and the American League No. 4-rated Rays in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Toronto's American League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.6 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 9 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Blue Jays have averaged 8.4 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (7.9 per nine innings).

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the American League at home, scoring 4.8 runs per game.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was an 8-4 winner on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Tampa Bay at +130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (12) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Rays grabbed a win last time out, defeating Matt Harrison and the Rangers 8-4 on Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark.

The Blue Jays were an 8-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at +225 on the moneyline, while the total score (13) was good news for OVER bettors. The Blue Jays enjoyed an 8-5 victory at the expense of the Yankees on Wednesday, with J.A. Happ throwing 5 innings of 4-hit ball at Yankee Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Rays at Blue Jays trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Friday, August 31

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