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Carlos Villanueva vs James Shields matchup featured in MLB action

Toronto Blue JaysTampa Bay Rays
Sep 21, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

66-82TEAM RECORD80-70

Toronto pays a visit to Tampa Bay on Friday, hoping to shut down the Rays bats in baseball action at Tropicana Field.

Carlos Villanueva, with a record of 5-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Blue Jays, while the Rays trot James Shields to the mound in this one. He is 14-9 so far in 2012.

View Toronto vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Rays as -220 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 12-rated Blue Jays taking on the American League's No. 4-rated Rays in this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-rated American League offense, averaging 4.2 runs per game, against a Blue Jays defense that ranks No. 11 in the American League at 4.8 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 7.9 hits per game so far, less than Blue Jays batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Toronto's American League No. 11-rated defense.

In their last action, Toronto was a 10-7 loser on the road against the Yankees. Bettors on New York at -225 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (17) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Toronto suffered a 10-7 loss against New York on Thursday, as Aaron Laffey wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Yankee Stadium.

The Rays were a 7-4 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -218 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. The Rays enjoyed a 7-4 victory at the expense of the Red Sox on Thursday, with David Price throwing 7 1/3 innings of 8-hit ball at Tropicana Field.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

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

A few Blue Jays at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Toronto is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games when playing Tampa Bay
Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Tampa Bay's last 25 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Tampa Bay, Saturday, September 22