At Rogers Centre on Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays (three straight defeats) play the Toronto Blue Jays at 3:07 PM ET.
The Blue Jays are favored at home (-129) against the Rays (+109). The Toronto Blue Jays will give the start to Jose Berrios (5-4, 5.86 ERA), who is looking for win No. 6 on the season, and the Rays will turn to Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.45 ERA).
Yesterday, the Blue Jays picked up a 4-1 victory over the Rays, with Yusei Kikuchi (6.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 8 K) earning the win for the Blue Jays. Teoscar Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI to lead the offensive attack. Ryan Yarbrough (5.1 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 K) took the loss for the Rays.
Ahead of watching this Blue Jays vs. Rays matchup, here is everything you need to know about Friday’s action on the diamond.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds and Betting Lines
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Favorite: Blue Jays (-129, bet $129 to win $100)
Underdog: Rays (+109, bet $100 to win $109)
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Blue Jays Stats and Trends
Blue Jays Betting Records
The Blue Jays have won 34, or 58.6%, of the 58 games they’ve played as favorites this season.
Toronto is 27-20 this season when entering a game favored by -129 or more on the moneyline.
The bookmakers’ moneyline implies a 56.3% chance of a victory for the Blue Jays.
So far this season, Toronto and its opponents have hit the over in 42 of their 75 games with a total.
The Blue Jays have an ATS record of 34-41-0 in 75 games with a spread this season.
José Berríos (Blue Jays Probable Starter)
The Blue Jays will send Berrios (5-4) to the mound for his 16th start this season.
The right-hander last pitched on Sunday, when he gave up eight earned runs and allowed eight hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 28-year-old has pitched in 15 games this season with a 5.86 ERA and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .283.
In 15 starts this season, he’s earned a quality start in seven of them.
Berrios has 10 starts of five or more innings this season in 15 chances. He averages 5.1 innings per outing.
The Rays rank 26th in MLB with 299 runs scored this season. They have a .232 batting average this campaign with 68 home runs (23rd in the league).
Among qualified pitchers this campaign, the 28-year-old’s 5.86 ERA ranks 62nd, 1.391 WHIP ranks 58th, and 7.4 K/9 ranks 46th.
Blue Jays Batting Stats
The Blue Jays rank fifth in Major League Baseball with 101 home runs.
Fueled by 253 extra-base hits, the Blue Jays rank second in MLB with a .435 slugging percentage this season.
Toronto has a team batting average of .257 this season, which ranks third among MLB teams.
The Blue Jays have scored the eighth-most runs in the league this season with 361.
Toronto has an on-base percentage of .326 this season, which ranks second in the league.
The Blue Jays have shown patience at the plate this season with the 10th-best rate of strikeouts per game (8.0) among MLB offenses.
Rays Stats and Trends
Rays Betting Records
The Rays have come away with seven wins in the 21 contests they have been listed as the underdogs in this season.
Tampa Bay has a mark of 4-8 in contests where sportsbooks favor them by +109 or worse on the moneyline.
The Rays have an implied victory probability of 47.8% according to the moneyline set for this matchup.
Tampa Bay and their opponents have hit the over in 34 of their 75 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
The Rays have posted a record of 33-42-0 against the spread this season.
Corey Kluber (Rays Probable Starter)
Kluber (3-4 with a 3.45 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched) makes the start for the Rays, his 15th of the season.
His last time out was on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, when the right-hander tossed 5 1/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs while giving up five hits.
Over 14 games this season, the 36-year-old has a 3.45 ERA and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings, while giving up a batting average of .245 to his opponents.
Kluber has recorded seven quality starts this year.
Kluber will try to continue a seven-game streak of going five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.1 innings per appearance).
He will face a Blue Jays squad that is hitting .257 as a unit (third in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .435 (second in the league) with 101 total home runs (fifth in MLB play).
Rays Batting Stats
The Rays average 0.9 home runs per game to rank 23rd in MLB play with 68 total home runs .
So far this season, the Rays’ .370 slugging percentage is the fourth-lowest average in baseball.
Tampa Bay has the 25th-ranked batting average in the league (.232).
The Rays score the fifth-fewest runs in baseball (299 total, 4.0 per game).
Tampa Bay is 26th in the league with a .296 on-base percentage.
The Rays strike out 8.7 times per game to rank 21st in the league.
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