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Closing Out Series Has Been No Issue for Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays are well back of the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead, but if both clubs plan on making a charge for the wild card, they’ll have to do it soon. Sportsbooks opened the Rays as -155 road favorites with a total of 9.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Rays are 1-3 SU in their last four games against the Blue Jays.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Rays’ last seven games as favorites against the Blue Jays.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Blue Jays’ last seven games at home.

Chris Archer and Chris Rowley are expected to get the start for the Rays and Jays, respectively. Archer (8-7, 3.84 ERA) saw his 15-game streak of reaching the six-inning mark come to an end on Saturday when he allowed three runs and seven hits over 5.1 innings in a setback to Cleveland. The hurler is 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 22 career starts against Canada’s lone MLB team.

Rowley (1-0, 1.69) won his major-league debut against Pittsburgh in his last appearance, allowing one run, five hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. The 27-year-old went 6-6 with a 2.29 ERA in 27 games in the minors this season.

Toronto hasn’t been the most reliable team in MLB this year, but the Jays have been coming through when closing out series of late. In their last six series-ending contests, they’re 5-1 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Toronto Blue Jays were listed as 147 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total line around 9 earlier at Bovada.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.5-2.8 win for the Blue Jays on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Blue Jays bring a 58-62 record to the battle against the 60-62 Rays. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 14 (Toronto Blue Jays) and the No. 25 (Tampa Bay Rays) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Toronto Blue Jays and its No. 25-rated batting order, averaging 4.27 runs per nine innings, against the No. 24 lineup of the Tampa Bay Rays at 4.3 runs per outing.

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the No. 17-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.75 runs per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 at home, scoring 4.11 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rays endured a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Blue Jays on Wednesday, with Jacob Faria throwing 5.1 innings of 6-hit ball at Rogers Centre.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games
  • Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Seattle, Friday, August 18
Toronto at Chicago, Friday, August 18