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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Larry Ness: August 16th 2017

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays
MLB Betting Pick: Toronto -135 odds (August 16th 2017)

The Tampa Bay Rays broke out of an offensive slump with 13 hits in Tuesday’s 6-4 victory in the second game of their four-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay is currently 1 1/2 games behind the LA Angels, while Toronto, which fell to 8-5 in August, remains on the fringe of the AL wild-card race at 3 1/2 games back but with seven teams ahead of them. With Tuesday’s result, the teams have split 14 meetings this season.

Rookie Jacob Faria (5-3, 3.19 ERA) will get the start for the Rays and Marcus Stroman (10-6, 3.00 ERA), who owns a 1.98 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay this year, goes for Toronto. Faria began his career 5-1 over his first nine starts (team was 7-2) but is win-less in his last three outings, allowing nine ERs over 16 innings (5.06 ERA) to go 0-2 (team is 1-2). Faria made his second career start against Toronto back on June 13, permitting one run on six hits with eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of an 8-1  victory. Stroman has posted just one victory in his last six games (Jays are 3-3) but also has just one loss in that span, a setback against Pittsburgh this past Friday in which he surrendered four unearned runs over eight innings. Stroman is 4-4 with a 4.17 ERA against the Rays in nine career starts (team is 4-5).

The Rays may have produced 13 hits and six runs last night but that came against Marco Estrada, who is now 0-4 with a 10.61 ERA against the Rays this season and is 0-7 with a 7.75 ERA in his past eight starts against them! Let’s not ignore that Tampa Bay had been in a prolonged slump just prior to last night’s outburst, having scored only 12 runs in their previous 10 games, eight of them losses. That includes a 2-1 defeat at Toronto on Monday. Stroman has 15 Ks in 13.2 innings against the Rays in two 2017 starts as well as that 1.98 ERA. Meanwhile, Faria seems to be losing some of his earlier mojo. Take the Blue Jays.

MLB Pick: Dave Price betting the Rays -136 odds on August 12th 2017

Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays
MLB Pick: Rays -136 odds (August 12th 2017)

The Tampa Bay Rays are still above .500 this season, but they need to pick it up if they want to make a run at the postseason.  They have lost 5 of their last 7 coming in.  Look for ace Chris Archer to stem the tide for them here Saturday at home against the Cleveland Indians.  Archer is 3-3 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 12 home starts this year.  He’ll be opposed by Mike Clevinger, who is scuffling in his last 2 starts with a 12.28 ERA while allowing 10 earned runs and 22 base runners in 7 1/3 innings.  The Indians are 1-6 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.  The Rays are 4-1 in Archer’s last 5 home starts.  Take Tampa Bay.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees MLB Over-Under Pick: July 28th 2017

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
MLB Over-Under Pick: Over 9 runs -110 odds (July 28th 2017)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach Free Pick for MLB Friday OVER the total in New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays @ 7:05 ET – With this total dropping from a 9.5 to a 9 we are now seeing additional line value with the over in this match-up. The Rays are sending Austin Pruitt to the mound and he has been working out of the bullpen. He has not impressed as opponents are hitting .333 against him. Pruitt has compiled a 6.25 ERA in his 18 appearances (1 start) in this, his rookie, season. He has faced the Yankees twice out of the bullpen already this season and he was hit quite hard. The Yanks will have pitching issues of their own here as they hand the ball to Masahiro Tanaka for this one.

The right-hander is winless in his last 3 starts and has compiled a 6.00 ERA during this stretch. He’s facing a Rays team that has scored 5 runs in 4 of their last 5 games. As for the Yankees offensive machine, they’ve produced 5.6 runs per game in going 6-1 in their last 7 games. Look for more hot hitting from the Yanks here as they take advantage of facing an inexperienced rookie starter. As for the Rays lineup, they’ve pounded Tanaka to the tune of 13 earned runs in 5 and 2/3 innings spanning his two starts against Tampa Bay this season. More of the same in this one! Free Pick on OVER the total in the New York Yankees game early Friday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach