Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/2/2014
Thursday, April 3, 7:10 PM on RSN, SUN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Toronto - (R) Morrow, B (0-0) vs. Tampa Bay - (R) Archer, C (0-0)
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Hard-throwing righty Brandon Morrow will be on the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday as they take on Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays. Morrow comes in as the Blue Jays' fifth starter after dealing with multiple injuries in 2013 and struggling during Spring Training. Last year, he only made 10 starts and had a dismal 5.63 ERA. He will be hoping to put up numbers like he had in 2012 when he posted a 2.96 ERA in 21 starts.
Morrow has a lot of experience against the current Rays, but some of their guys have hit him pretty well. One player in particular, Desmond Jennings, has had a lot of success against Morrow. Jennings has seven hits in 13 career at-bats against the righty, including four home runs.
Chris Archer had a great first full season with the Rays in 2013. He made 23 starts and had a very respectable 3.22 ERA and 1.127 WHIP. Opposing batters were only able to get 107 hits against him in 128.2 innings. The young fire baller did well enough to come in third in the AL for the Rookie of the Year award.
Brett Lawrie has faced Archer eight times so far in his career and has gotten three hits off of him. Edwin Encarnacion is the only current Ray to hit a home run against Archer, but that was his only hit in seven plate appearances.
Toronto is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Trends
Tampa Bay is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Toronto
Injuries to Watch
04/01/14 SS Jose Reyes Hamstring 15-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 P Casey Janssen Back 15-day DL (3/29)
03/27/14 P J.A. Happ Back 15-day DL (3/26)
04/01/14 LF David DeJesus Foot questionable
03/30/14 P Juan Oviedo Elbow 15-day DL (3/30)
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 15-day DL (3/30)
03/28/14 P Jeremy Hellickson Elbow 15-day DL (3/30)
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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