Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7/13/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/12/2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 1:40 PM on RSN, SUN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Toronto Blue Jays - Happ, J (7-5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Odorizzi, J (4-8)
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Sunday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays will send J.A. Happ to the hill as they face the Tampa Bay Rays and Jake Odorizzi. It will be the 14th start and 17th appearance for Happ and the 19th start for Odorizzi.
J.A. Happ lost his last outing and that lowered his record to 7 - 5 with a 4.72 ERA. In the loss, Happ was lit up for 5 runs and 7 hits in just 4.1 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 2. Happ just can't seem to find some consistency this season but he has posted more wins this season than he did in 2013 when he went 5 - 7 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 starts.
Last season, Happ was 2 - 0 with a 4.50 ERA in 3 starts against the Rays. But overall, the Rays are batting .326 against Happ with 28 hits, a home run and 14 RBIs in 86 at-bats.
Jake Odorizzi took the loss his last time out and that lowered his record to 4 - 8 with a 4.10 ERA. In that outing, Odorizzi surrendered just 2 runs on 6 runs in 6 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 8. Odorizzi should have gotten a victory but his offense couldn't get on the scoreboard. Last season, Odorizzi was 0 - 1 with a save and an ERA of 3.94 in 4 starts and 3 relief appearances.
In 2013, Odorizzi didn't get the decision in his only start against the Blue Jays after allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings. Seven of the Blue Jays have faced Odorizzi before and they are batting .250 against the right-hander with 4 hits and 3 RBIs in 16 at-bats.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 43-48-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.3
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 46-43-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
07/09/14 1B Adam Lind Toe 15-day DL
07/08/14 1B Edwin Encarnacion Quad 15-day DL (7/5)
06/23/14 3B Brett Lawrie Finger 15-day DL (6/22)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
03/28/14 LF Nolan Reimold Neck 60-day DL (3/26)
Tampa Bay Rays
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 15-day DL (6/22)
06/19/14 LF David DeJesus Hand 15-day DL (6/19)
06/01/14 RF Wil Myers Wrist 15-day DL (5/31)
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)
Josh's Pick: Take Toronto
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