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Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays in Toronto

When it comes to scoring runs, no teams do it better than Tampa Bay and Toronto. The Rays lead the majors with 776 runs scored. However, after beating Tampa Bay 8-1 last night, the Blue Jays are a close second with 765. Toronto has scored at least five runs in 12 of its last 13 games.


Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays
  • Date/Time: September 10, 7:07 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Rogers Centre
  • TV Coverage: Bally Sports Sun, SNET
  • Opening Odds: Blue Jays -125 | O/U 9 (Line History)
  • Rays vs Blue Jays Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The early line for this game opened with the Blue Jays favored at -140, but currently most sportsbooks are closer to the Jays -135. Although Tampa owns the best record in the AL, you can find the Rays at plus money today (+120). The total is currently 9 and might be an appealing play. Toronto is scoring runs at an incredible rate lately, while Tampa Bay leads the major leagues in runs scored.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Drew Rasmussen has 32 appearances for Tampa this season, with seven of those coming as a starter. The 26-year-old right-hander will be tasked with trying to get 12 to 15 outs before turning it over to the Rays bullpen. Over his last seven appearances, Rasmussen has two wins and an impressive 2.08 ERA in 26 innings.

Jose Berrios has been exactly what the Jays were hoping for when they gave up a couple of young prospects to acquire him at the deadline. The former Minnesota Twin is 4-2 with his new team over eight starts. Against the Rays in his career, Berrios is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA. His last start against Tampa Bay came back in 2019.

Tampa Bay News & Notes

After finishing the month of August with a 21-6 record, the Rays fell to 5-7 in September with their loss last night. Tampa has dropped four of its last five games but still leads the Blue Jays by a comfortable eight games in the AL East.

At the age of 41, Nelson Cruz continues to put up big numbers offensively. The Rays slugger is currently fifth in the AL home run race with 33. Cruz has finished in the top 10 in seven straight seasons.

In 2019, Austin Meadows popped an impressive 33 long balls in just 138 games. This year, the left-handed hitting slugger is quietly putting up great numbers again for the Rays with 25 home runs and 99 RBIs in 129 games.

Brandon Lowe sat out yesterday’s game with what is being described as “beat-up legs.”  Lowe was available to pinch-hit yesterday and could be in the starting lineup as early as today. The lefty-hitting infielder has 33 home runs.

Toronto News & Notes

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Blue Jays looked to be out of the playoff race in the American League. Since then, Toronto has won 12 of 13 games, owns a one-game lead for the top wild-card spot and has implied odds of 72 percent to make the postseason.

The Blue Jays offence has been scoring at an absurd rate, plating five runs or more in 12 of their last 13 games. Over their last four games, they have scored 52 runs, and they lead the majors with 232 home runs this season.

With one swing of his mighty bat last night, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. passed two very impressive names.  Vladdy Jr. hit his 45th long ball of the season, besting his father’s personal-best home run total of 44. The 22-year-old superstar also passed Shohei Ohtani (44) for the major-league lead in round-trippers.

Although Teoscar Hernandez doesn’t get the same recognition that some of his teammates do, the 28-year-old outfielder is having another great season at the plate. Hernandez is fourth in the AL with a .308 batting average and fifth in RBIs with 102.

Staff Betting Pick: OVER 9

Tampa Bay leads the majors in runs scored while Toronto is second and has been pounding opposition pitching lately. Ride the bats while they are hot. Take the OVER in this one. 

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Shark Bites
  • Toronto has scored at least 5 runs in 12 of its last 13 games.
  • Tampa Bay leads MLB in runs scored with 776.
  • The Blue Jays are 12-1 in their last 13 games.