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The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking for another win as they host the Toronto Blue Jays this Monday. The Rays are currently 31-19 after beating the Indians in their last game. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 21-32 after beating the Padres yesterday. Now, both teams will look to improve upon their respective records in this one.
Toronto Continues To Struggle
The Toronto Blue Jays entered the 2019 season with the hopes of finishing the season with a winning record. However, the team is projected to win around 74 games this season so it is expected to remain below the .500 mark throughout the majority of the season. So far this season, the team has looked below average as it has managed to win just 21 of its first 53 games this season. However, the team did manage to avoid getting swept by the San Diego Padres after winning yesterday by a score of 10-1.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 26, 2019
The Toronto Blue Jays are led by first baseman Justin Smoak who was solid last season. Last season, Smoak hit 25 home runs along with 77 RBIs. However, he struggled with his contact hitting as he only batted .242 but had a .350 on-base percentage. In the team’s first 51 games of the season, he is only batting .224 with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs. Although those statistics are disappointing to say the least, he does also have a .374 on-base percentage which makes him an extremely difficult batter to deal with.
Rays Remain In Second Place
The Tampa Bay Rays entered the 2019 season with hopes of competing for a playoff spot once again. According to Vegas oddsmakers, the Rays were expected to win 84.5 games which means that this team should end the season with a winning record. As the third-best team in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, a good start could be crucial for Tampa Bay if the team wants to remain competitive in the division throughout the season. So far this season, the Rays have won 31 of their first 50 games and are in second place in the division entering this game.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 26, 2019
- Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
- Rays are 20-6 in their last 26 Monday games.
- Blue Jays are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, Tampa Bay is the better of these two teams at this point in the season and should be able to win this game. The Rays are currently a contender in the AL East while Toronto is already well below a .500 record. I expect this game to be close throughout but I think the Rays will do just enough to squeak out of this game with a victory.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays
Full-Game Total Pick
Since both of these teams possess very solid pitchers for this contest, I have to lean to the under in this game. Furthermore, both teams have average at best lineups that have struggled scoring consistently so I think that this total is too high. I can see this game being somewhere in the realm of 4-2 so I will recommend the under in this game.