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MLB BASEBALL

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Monday when the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays meet at Tropicana Field.

The Blue Jays will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Mark Buehrle in this game. Buehrle has a 1-2 record and a 6.43 ERA this season.

It'll be Jeremy Hellickson toeing the rubber for the Rays in this contest. Righthander Hellickson is 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA so far this season.

The Blue Jays were a 10-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at -156 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were an 8-3 winner as they battled the Rockies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at +104 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Team records:
Toronto: 11-21 SU
Tampa Bay: 14-16 SU

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Seattle are 3-7
After a win are 1-9

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 7-3
After playing Colorado are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

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

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Toronto, Tuesday, May 7