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Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Preview

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays
2-1 April 03, 2014, 07:10 PM | Tropicana Field 1-2

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

The match puts starter Brandon Morrow for the Blue Jays on the hill facing Chris Archer for the Rays. Morrow brings a 0-0 mark to the game, while Archer is 0-0 to date on the season.View Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds and Stats.

On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -139 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 7.5, according to 5Dimes.

The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 17-rated Blue Jays taking on the No. 12-rated Rays in this contest.

The Blue Jays were a 3-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at +142 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Blue Jays hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when Mark Buehrle struck out 11 batters in 3-0 victory on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's No. 13-ranked scoring average of 3.67 runs per game, against a Blue Jays offense rated No. 17 and scoring 3 runs per game. The Rays have averaged 7.33 hits per game to date this season, less than the Blue Jays hitters have managed (7.33 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the No. 9-rated road mark, allowing 3.67 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

Next up:
Toronto home to New York, Friday, April 4th
Tampa Bay home to Texas, Friday, April 4th