Today the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays kick off the opening game of a doubleheader series at Tropicana Field. This is going to be a very important encounter for both of these teams as the Blue Jays are currently sitting three games ahead of the Rays in the American League East standings. The Tampa Bay Rays are leading the season series, winning 5 out of 8.
Even if Tampa Bay has found success against Toronto this season, they are still behind them in the standings. What might make a huge difference this time is that the Rays are 32-20 at home this season, which is one of the best records in the major leagues. Yandy Diaz is leading the Rays offense with .288 AVG and .397 OBP, while Isaac Paredes backs him up with 14 home runs and Randy Arozarena with 47 RBIs.
The Blue Jays have one of the best offenses in MLB and that could make a big difference today. They are in the top five in runs scored per nine innings, batting average, OPS, and home runs, which is quite impressive. Toronto’s worst category is strikeout rate, though even that is the 6th best in the major leagues.
Drew Rasmussen is opening things up for the Tampa Bay Rays, making his 18th start of the season. He is carrying a 6-3 record with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 82.1 innings pitched while striking out 70. In his 2 outings against Toronto, he’s combined to go 10.1 innings, allowing only two runs.
The Toronto Blue Jays will send Kevin Gausman to the mound, who is making his 20th start of the season. Gausman holds a 7-8 record with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 103.2 innings pitched while striking out 122. The last time he faced the Rays, he only went two innings but did pitch a shutout.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Game Information
- Date: 8/02/2022
- Time: 7:10 PM ET
- Location: Tropicana FieldSaint Petersburg,FL
- How to Watch Blue Jays vs Bay Rays: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Blue Jays vs Bay Rays Betting Lines
Bay Rays are +122 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $122. On the other side, the Blue Jays are –132 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $75.76.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Bay Rays at a 45.05% chance of winning the game, meanwhile, the Blue Jays have a 56.90% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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