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|Team||Run Spread||Money Line||Total|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1.5 (+130)
|O 9 (-110)
|Toronto Blue Jays||-1.5 (-110)
|U 9 (-110)
Sometimes picking a game doesn’t need to be hard. The Rays have lost 4 of 6 while prior to yesterday the Jays looked like they couldn’t be stopped. They still kind of have that feel. Not to mention, the Blue Jays have the pitching advantage in this matchup. Wacha hasn’t been reliable enough for me, even if the Rays are one of the two or three scrappiest, toughest teams to beat in all of baseball. We like Toronto on the money line, to cover the spread and the under.
Garcia’s 2021 record: (54-46-2)
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For the first time in a long time, Toronto’s offense was tamed on Tuesday, falling 2-0 to Tampa as the Rays evened the series at one. With the loss, the Jays are now tied with the Yankees as the two Wild Card teams at 81-64, with Boston, Seattle and Oakland all close on their heels.
Toronto has a rather favorable schedule the rest of the way — with seven games left against the Twins and three games each against the Rays, Yankees, and Orioles.
Tampa Bay meanwhile, at 90-55, is nine games ahead of the rest of the AL East and inching closer towards a division title. Their schedule isn’t a gauntlet, but it is tougher than Toronto’s the rest of the way.
The Rays play four against the Tigers and then three each against the Blue Jays, Marlins, Astros, and Yankees to finish the year.
After a stretch of four terrible starts, Michael Wacha has settled in nicely the past four outings for the Rays. It still remains to be seen what role he will play in October, but as a veteran, there’s no doubt his presence is a value add.
Over his past four starts, Wacha is 1-0 with a 3.13 ERA, and 28 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. Compared to the 18 runs he had given up over his past three starts, it’s a welcomed sight.
The fact he will have to go up against the hottest offense in baseball? Well, that’s a different problem.
On the other side, Robbie Ray has quite frankly been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball since the start of June. During the 19 starts during that span, Ray is 9-3 and has held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 18 of 19 outings.
He was even better than his recent averages in August, throwing six quality starts in six outings, giving up two runs or fewer in each game.
Ray doesn’t give up many hits for the Blue Jays, so to pick someone who has a good chance against him isn’t the easiest of tasks. But the man who seems most poised for success is catcher Mike Zunino.
Zunino is enjoying a career year and much of that success has happened against left-handed pitching. In 100 at-bats against lefties this year, Zunino is hitting .350 (35-of-100) with a .430 OBP and an incredible 14 home runs for a 1.320 OPS. For perspective, only one other player on the team has an OBP above .930 against lefties.
For Toronto it feels like there are no x-factors because all this team has been white-hot the past week, going 15-3 over its last 18 games.
The team is playing so well, in fact, we’re NOT PICKING AN X-FACTOR. Seven players on the team have an OPS over 1.000 the last week — all with a minimum of 12 at-bats.
The team had scored 72 runs in the eight games prior to yesterday (an average of nine per day), so the x-factor is the entire lineup. From the top to the bottom.
|Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Information|
|Teams||Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays|
|Location||Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada|
|Time||Wednesday, Sept. 15, 3:07 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||Bally Sports Sun, MLB.TV|
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