Toronto vs Tampa Bay MLB Opening Lines
The events of the past few days seem to have put to rest the races at the top and bottom of the AL East for MLB betting fans, as the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays are coming off wins that seem to have cemented their positions. These two teams will play a weekend series in Toronto, with the first of three games set for Friday night.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays MLB Opening Lines
Date/Time: Friday, September 25, 2015 7:07 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada
Opening Lines: Toronto -162, Tampa Bay +160
It is still not yet official, but the AL East division title looks to be heading north after the Blue Jays (87-65) took 2 of 3 from the New York Yankees. That was enough to extend their lead at the top to 3.5 games, which should be almost impossible to overturn at this late stage of the season. The two games that the Jays won in that series were done in a style that we haven’t really been used to seeing from Toronto this season, which is great pitching and defense. The return of Marcus Stroman from the DL has added even more to their starting rotation, and he was once again masterful against the Yankees on Wednesday night.
The Rays and the Orioles are the only two teams left on the Blue Jays schedule, and even with 7 of the remaining 10 games on the road, it’s only a matter of time before they clinch. Veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (10-11, 4.05 ERA) will be on the mound for the Jays.
The general consensus, ours included, was that the Tampa Bay Rays (74-78) looked like a team destined to occupy the cellar of the AL East at the end of the season. That may still end up being the case, but a win on Thursday night against the Red Sox will see them win the series and move two and a half games up on Boston, who currently occupy last place. It would really be a small victory, for the Rays, who will still consider this season a bit of a bust.
This is a team that has good pitching, but which has struggled to get runs home all season long. If they can add a little bit of pop to their line-up, they may be able to challenge in this division next year. Jake Odorizzi (8-8, 3.38 ERA) will get the start for the Rays.
Key Betting Trends
- Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing Toronto
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
- Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto’s last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Make no mistake, the Jays want to get this division wrapped up as quickly as possible, and a series win over the Rays would help make that happen. I have to take Toronto in this one.