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Baseball odds preview - Toronto vs. Tampa Bay

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays
0-1 April 01, 2014, 07:10 PM | Tropicana Field 1-0

The Tampa Bay Rays host Toronto on Tuesday, looking to build on their 1-0 mark against the 0-1 Blue Jays in MLB betting action at Tropicana Field.

Drew Hutchison gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Blue Jays on this day; he's 0-0 on the season. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with Alex Cobb, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.View Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Rays as -149 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Rays at No. 12 and the Blue Jays at No. 17 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 9-2 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -166 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Toronto looks to rebound from a loss to the Rays, who beat them 9-2 on Monday behind a start from David Price at Tropicana Field.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 6-rated offense, averaging 9 runs per game, against a Blue Jays defense that ranks No. 24 at 9 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 11 hits per game so far, more than Blue Jays batters have averaged on the year (7 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Tampa Bay has the No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Blue Jays own the No. 24 mark in runs allowed.

Next up:
Toronto at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, April 2nd