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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)
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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.

Athletics vs. Blue Jays MLB Betting Pick & Odds from Scott Rickenbach: July 24th 2017

Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays
MLB Betting Pick: A’s +146 odds (July 24th 2017)
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Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach Free Pick for Monday MLB: Oakland A’s Money Line (+) @ Toronto Blue Jays @ 7:05 ET – No team in the majors has fewer road wins than the A’s this season. That said, it may seem tough to take them away from home but the fact is, the Blue Jays have a losing record at home this season and they’ve been slumping. Toronto is over-priced here when you consider that the Jays have lost 7 of their last 9 games and the fact that Francisco Lirano is also slumping badly. The Blue Jays southpaw has a 9.31 ERA and a 2.48 WHIP in his last 3 starts.

Craig Smith is making just his 3rd start for Oakland this season but he has a 2.77 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in his two starts. Liriano has allowed 7 runs (6 earned) in the 10 innings spanning his last two starts versus the A’s. They’ll do some damage again here while the Blue Jays lineup is facing Craig Smith for the first time so this is a big edge for the Athletics hurler. Toronto is an ugly 24-37 in night games this season and also the Jays have an ugly 7-12 record as a home fave in the -125 to -175 range so they’ve cost their backers big this season in spots like this one. Look for that to prove to be the case again tonight. Free Pick on Oakland on the money line early Monday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach