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R.A. Dickey out to silence Rays bats in MLB contest

Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Blue Jays
90-69 September 27, 2013, 07:07 PM | Rogers Centre 72-87

The Blue Jays get a visit from the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball action on Friday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

For the Blue Jays, R.A. Dickey gets the ball, charged with keeping the Rays hitters off the base paths. He'll face Jeremy Hellickson, 12-9 on the year.

View Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Blue Jays as -112 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Blue Jays at No. 11 and the Rays at No. 13 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Orioles on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at -126 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Toronto suffered a 3-2 loss against Baltimore on Thursday, as Mark Buehrle wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Camden Yards.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Rays rank No. 12 at 8.75 hits per game. That compares with Toronto’s No. 14 ranking in that category.

Toronto owns the No. 27 defense, allowing 4.36 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's No. 11-rated defense.

A few Rays at Blue Jays trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games on the road
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Saturday, September 28th