Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 8/24/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/23/2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Rogers Centre in Toronto
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Sunday afternoon, Chris Archer (8 - 6, 3.17 ERA) takes the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays as they square off against Drew Hutchison (8 - 11, 4.81 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays. Both pitchers will make their 26th starts of the season.
Chris Archer wasn't at his best the last time out but he didn't factor into the decision. In 5.2 innings of work, Archer allowed 4 runs and 5 hits with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts. The 5 walks tied a season-high. Overall, Archer has been solid in recent outings and boasts a 4 -2 record his last 10 times on the hill. Last season, Archer was 9 - 7 with a 3.22 ERA in 23 starts.
Arches was 1 - 0 with a 1.65 ERA in 3 starts against the Blue Jays in 2013. This season, Archer opened the year with a victory over Toronto but he is just 1 - 0 in 3 starts against the Blue Jays.
Drew Hutchison posted his 2nd straight loss in his last start after getting roughed up once again. Hutchison was tuned up for 7 runs and 8 hit (including 2 homers) in 7 innings as he walked 3 and struck out 3. Hutchison has given up 13 runs over 12.2 innings in his last 2 starts. Failing to keep runs off the scoreboard is the main reason he is 3 - 6 in his last 10 starts. Hutchison missed the bulk of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Hutchison has had some success against Tampa Bay this season. He is 2 - 1 against the Rays this season in 3 starts.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 57-62-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Tampa Bay Rays is 0.1
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 62-61-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
08/21/14 1B James Loney Rest questionable
08/21/14 LF Matt Joyce Rest questionable
07/18/14 C Ryan Hanigan Oblique 15-day DL (7/9)
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 60-day DL (6/22), out for season
06/19/14 LF David DeJesus Hand 15-day DL (6/19)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 60-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 60-day DL (3/30)
Toronto Blue Jays
08/07/14 3B Brett Lawrie Back 15-day DL (8/6)
07/31/14 1B Dan Johnson Hamstring 15-day DL (7/31)
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
Guy's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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