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Ricky Romero out to silence Rays bats in MLB contest

Tampa Bay RaysToronto Blue Jays
April 17, 7:07 PM | TurfRogers Centre

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds

5-5TEAM RECORD5-4

Tampa Bay pays a visit to Toronto on Tuesday, hoping to shut down the Blue Jays bats in baseball action at Rogers Centre.

Ricky Romero gets the call for the Toronto Blue Jays and he will try to build on a 1-0 mark. In the other dugout, Jeff Niemann brings a 0-1 ledger to the game for the Rays as he tries to quiet the Blue Jays bats.

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Betting Line:
The Rays were listed as +-150 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Blue Jays sit at No. 4 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rays sit at an American League No. 9 on the same chart.

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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. 3-ranked scoring average of 5.2 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 11 and scoring 3.8 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 (8.1 per nine innings).

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 6.4 runs per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the American League at home, scoring 5 runs per game.

Tampa Bay was a 1-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Red Sox. They won as +104 underdogs, while the total score of 1 made winners of UNDER bettors. James Shields silenced the Red Sox bats in a 1-0 victory last time out versus Boston at Fenway Park.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 9-2 winner as they battled the Orioles at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at -152 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Blue Jays enjoyed a 9-2 victory at the expense of the Orioles on Sunday, with Kyle Drabek throwing 7 1/3 innings of 6-hit ball at Rogers Centre.

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

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Baltimore are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Rays at Blue Jays trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Wednesday, April 18

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