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Jays Look To Continue Pounding Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays have relished in their opportunities when facing the Tampa Bay Rays, as the Blue Birds are 7-3 in their past 10 games against their AL East rivals. The Jays have averaged five runs per game in those 10 games with six outings seeing them notching five or more runs.

Shark Bites
  • Russell Martin has a lifetime batting average of .429 with six RBIs against Matt Moore.
  • Happ has a 6.88 ERA in four career starts at Tropicana Field.
  • Jose Bautista has already been walked five times through three games.

Toronto is welcoming J.A. Happ back to their rotation after he spent 2015 split between Seattle and Pittsburgh. The Blue Jays are hoping to see the same types of performances from Happ that he had with the Pirates, as the lefty went 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 11 starts for the Bucs to close the season. 

The Rays will start Matt Moore who struggled last season after returning from Tommy John surgery with a 5.43 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 12 appearances. If Tampa wants to pick up another win over the Jays they will likely need their offense to score more than the three runs they scored in each of their first three games against their AL East adversary.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Tampa Bay Rays as -120 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 8 at shops such as Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.6-3.0 victory for the Blue Jays. 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

Tampa Bay (1-2) will face the 2-1 Blue Jays in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Toronto injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tampa Bay Rays rated this week at No. 9 and the Toronto Blue Jays sitting at No. 3.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has baseball's No. 19-rated offensive output, at 7.33 hits per game. The Toronto Blue Jays average 7.67 hits per game, good for No. 14 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the No. 9-rated road mark, allowing 3 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

J Odorizzi fanned 10 Toronto batters in the team's last outing, leading the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • Tampa Bay is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Toronto

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto home to Boston, Friday, April 8th
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Friday, April 8th