Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Picks

September 21, 2012


Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays meet at Tropicana Field.
Righthander Carlos Villanueva will take the mound for the Blue Jays to start this game. Villanueva is 5-5 this season with a 3.49 ERA.
Meanwhile, it’ll be James Shields who starts for the Rays. Righthander Shields is 14-9 with a 3.77 ERA so far this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 220-moneyline favorites versus the Blue Jays, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.
In their last action, Toronto was a 10-7 loser on the road against the Yankees. Bettors on New York at -225 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (17) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
The Rays were a 7-4 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -218 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors.
Current streak:
Toronto has lost 3 straight games.
Tampa Bay has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 66-82 SU
Tampa Bay: 80-70 SU

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
Toronto is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Toronto is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games when playing Tampa Bay
Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Tampa Bay’s last 25 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Toronto, Saturday, September 22

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