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MLB betting line favors Rays over Blue Jays

Toronto Blue JaysTampa Bay Rays
Aug 4, 12:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Blue Jays arrive at Tropicana Field on Thursday.

Brett Cecil gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Blue Jays on this day; he's 4-4 on the season. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with Wade Davis, who will be looking to improve on his 8-7 mark.

View Toronto vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Rays in this one will find them as -119 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 9 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 10 (Rays) and the No. 5 (Blue Jays) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's American League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4.3 runs per game, against a Blue Jays offense rated No. 4 and scoring 4.7 runs per game in the league. The Rays have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Blue Jays hitters have managed (8.8 per nine innings).

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 4 defense, allowing 3.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Toronto's American League No. 11-rated defense.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 9-1 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -156 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Blue Jays endured a 9-1 loss at the hands of the Rays on Wednesday, with Carlos Villanueva throwing 2 2/3 innings of 9-hit ball at Tropicana Field.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Baltimore are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Oakland are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a win are 2-8

A few Blue Jays at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games
Tampa Bay is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Baltimore, Friday, August 5
Tampa Bay home to Oakland, Friday, August 5