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Dickey Struggled on the Road in 2015

R.A. Dickey Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays opened the 2016 MLB regular season with a bang by topping the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 in Florida on Sunday. Monday night’s grudge match features hurlers R.A. Dickey and Drew Smyly going for their respective teams.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Blue Jays' last four games against the Rays.
  • The Blue Jays are 6-2 SU in their last eight games against the Rays.
  • The Rays are 53-24 against the Blue Jays at home since 2007.

Dickey has historically been much better at home compared to on the road, a trend that will surely please Rays backers. The knuckleballer was 9-3 with a 3.11 ERA at home compared to a 2-8, 4.83 ERA record away from Canada in 2015. Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria has traditionally cleaned up against the veteran, owning an 11-for-43 with two homers and eight RBIs in his career versus Dickey.

Smyly missed three months last season with a shoulder injury but is looking like his regular self now. The 26-year-old returned in late August last year and won his final five decisions while posting a 2.50 ERA in September. Smyly allowed six runs and 10 hits in 20 innings during spring training.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Toronto Blue Jays before the first pitch in this match found them as -109 moneyline favorites earlier today at Bovada. They saw the over/under total of 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.6-4.3 win for the Rays on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Rays sport a record of 0-1 heading into this matchup, while the Toronto Blue Jays sit at 1-0 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Toronto injuries news.

The Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays odds would favor the Blue Jays if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 9 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Toronto is at No. 3.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Tampa Bay Rays No. 4-ranked scoring average of 3 runs per game, against a Toronto Blue Jays offense rated No. 1 and scoring 5 runs per game. The Rays have averaged 7 hits per game to date this season, less than the Blue Jays hitters have managed (7 per nine innings).

Toronto brings the No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Rays's No. 6-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Blue Jays struck out early and often against C Archer in their last game, but still managed to come out ahead on the scoreboard, striking out 12 times in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 12 games on the road
  • Toronto is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, April 5th

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