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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet on the field at Tropicana Field on Thursday in a battle of division rivals.

The Blue Jays will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander R.A. Dickey in this game. Dickey has a 2-5 record and a 5.36 ERA this season.

The Rays will counter Dickey with David Price. Lefthander Price has a 6.25 ERA to go along with a 1-3 record this season.

The Blue Jays were a 10-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -165 on the moneyline, while the total score (14) was good news for OVER bettors.

Team records:
Toronto: 13-22 SU
Tampa Bay: 15-18 SU

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing San Diego are 6-4
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto
Tampa Bay is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Boston, Friday, May 10
Tampa Bay home to San Diego, Friday, May 10