The Toronto Blue Jays will be going for their third consecutive series win when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the third game of their four-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon. The game will be played at Rogers Centre and it is scheduled to begin at 4:07 PM. ET.
Tyler Glasnow, who is 1-4 with a 4.06 ERA, will take the mound for the Rays. The Blue Jays will counter with Thomas Pannone, who is 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA.
Rays Trying To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
The Rays are still alive in the playoff race, but they are currently 5.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics, who are in the second Wildcard spot. They will be trying to close the gap with a series win over the Blue Jays.
Coming into this series, the Rays had won five straight games and 19 of their last 25 games. However, the Athletics have been just as hot so the Rays have to take care of business against the Blue Jays and hope the Athletics stumble down the stretch.
Offensively, the Rays have played well this season. The team has a .260 batting average, which is second in the league. Their .333 on base percentage is third, while their .407 slugging percentage is 16th in the league. The Rays have scored 659 runs this season, which is 19th in the league.
Tampa Bay’s pitching has been one of the best in the league this season. Opponents have a .227 batting average against the Rays, which is second in the league. Their 3.59 ERA is third, as is their 1.18 WHIP.
In his last start, Glasnow gave up two hits and zero earned runs in six innings, helping the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 3-0. The team will be hoping for a similar performance when they play the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Blue Jays Going For First Series Win Over Rays This Year
The Blue Jays haven’t had a lot of success against Tampa Bay this season, losing nine of the 12 games they have played so far. They will try to snap the three-series losing streak and get their first series win over the Rays when they play on Saturday. They will also be trying to prevent their division rivals from gaining ground on the Athletics when they play this weekend.
Offensively, the Blue Jays have struggled this season but they are playing very well at the moment. The team has a .244 batting average, which is 20th in the league. Their .312 on base percentage is 22nd, while their .425 slugging percentage is eighth in the league. The Blue Jays have scored 669 runs this season, which is 17th in the league.
Toronto’s pitching ranks near the bottom of the league this season. Opponents have a .264 batting average against the Blue Jays, which is 26th in the league. Their 4.82 ERA is 26th, as is their 1.40 WHIP.
In his last start, Pannone gave up four hits and two earned runs in seven innings, helping the Blue Jays get a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees. The team will need another solid effort from him to get the win on Saturday.
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
- 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
- 3-9 in last 12 vs Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay is:
- 9-1 in their last 10 vs. American League East.
- 7-1 in their last 8 road games.
- 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Blue Jays have played well in their last five games against AL East teams, but they have struggled in their last 12 games against the Rays. The Rays have been almost perfect in their last 10 games against AL East opponents and they have also done well on the road, especially when playing teams with losing records.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays -150
Full-Game Total Pick
The Blue Jays are averaging four runs per game in their last three games, while the Rays are averaging 5.33 runs. Despite their high-scoring totals, they will have a hard time going over in this game with Pannone and Glasnow giving up six total runs in their last two starts.
Prediction: Under 9
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Blue Jays have struggled against the Rays this season and their struggle will likely continue on Saturday because the team is averaging 4.33 runs per game in their last three games and they will be facing a pitcher that has given up two runs in his last two starts.
Prediction: Blue Jays Total Runs Under 4
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Rays are averaging four runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games, while the Blue Jays average 1.33 runs per game. With their offense playing so well, they should be able to score a few early runs off Pannone, which will help them take the first five innings.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays -150
First Five Innings Total Bet
With Pannone and Glasnow giving up six total runs in their last two starts runs will be hard to come by in this game. Tampa Bay’s offense is playing very well right now and will likely score some early runs but it won’t be enough to go over in the first five innings.
Prediction: Under 4.5
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
The Rays are averaging 4.67 runs in the first five innings of their last three games and they will likely strike first in this game because they are facing Pann one, who has given up four runs in his last two starts.
Prediction: Team to Score First Tampa Bay Rays -170