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JA Happ, James Shields take mound in Rays vs Blue Jays tilt

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

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

53-55TEAM RECORD56-52

Tampa Bay will try to be nasty hosts on Tuesday when the Toronto Blue Jays pay a visit to Tropicana Field.

Toronto puts its faith in starter JA Happ to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 7-9. Getting the ball for the Rays is James Shields, who owns a 9-7 record on the season with a 4.24 ERA.

View Toronto vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Blue Jays were listed as +-165 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 7.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Rays - Blue Jays odds would favor the Rays if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 4 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Toronto is at No. 9 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 7.6 hits per game. The Blue Jays average 8.7 hits per game, good for No. 9 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the American League's No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 4.8 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in scoring at home.

The Blue Jays were a 6-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Athletics. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at +160 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. Toronto rolled to a 6-5 win against Oakland on Sunday, as Aaron Laffey and the Blue Jays' bats led the team to victory at O.co Coliseum.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Orioles on August 5. Bettors who backed the Orioles at +220 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Tampa Bay lost in extra innings against the Orioles on Sunday as Baltimore edged them 1-0 at Tropicana Field.

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

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Baltimore are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Blue Jays at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Tampa Bay's last 16 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, August 8