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Matt Moore faces Mark Buehrle in MLB odds action


Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays
1-1 April 02, 2014, 07:10 PM | Tropicana Field 1-1



The Tampa Bay Rays look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Blue Jays arrive at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.

For the Rays, Matt Moore gets the ball, charged with keeping the Blue Jays hitters off the base paths. He'll face Mark Buehrle, 0-0 on the year.View Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Rays as -160 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rays rated this week at No. 12 and the Blue Jays sitting at No. 17.

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Last time out for Toronto, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at +159 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Toronto looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Rays, a 4-2 final on Tuesday in support of Drew Hutchison at Tropicana Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 9 ranked offense (5.5 runs per game) against a Blue Jays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 21 at 5.5 runs allowed per game. The Rays have been averaging 9 hits per game, more than the Blue Jays have managed so far this season (6.5 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Tampa Bay has the No. 17-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Blue Jays own the No. 21 mark in runs allowed.

A few Blue Jays at Rays trends to consider:
Toronto is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Toronto
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home


Next up:
Toronto at Tampa Bay, Thursday, April 3rd

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