Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 7/24/2020
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Friday, July 24, 2020
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jays (+160) Rays (-170)
Tropicana Field is the site of the matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. The probable starting pitchers are Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Blue Jays and Charlie Morton for the Rays.
Toronto opens at +160 while Tampa Bay opens at -170. The Blue Jays had a 75-80-7 over/under record and a 67-95-0 run line mark last year. The Rays were 99-69-0 against the run line and had a 80-78-10 over/under record.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays were 75-80-7 against the over/under last season
The Toronto Blue Jays were 67-95-0 against the run line last year
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays were 80-78-10 against the over/under last season
The Tampa Bay Rays were 99-69-0 against the run line last year
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
7/19/2020 Lourdes Gurriel LF Side Questionable for start of season
7/19/2020 Chase Anderson SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
7/16/2020 Julian Merryweather SP Oblique Questionable for start of season
7/15/2020 Alek Manoah SP Undisclosed Questionable for start of season
7/14/2020 Wilmer Font RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 24
7/13/2020 Yennsy Diaz RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Jul 24
7/13/2020 Brandon Drury 3B Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 24
7/13/2020 Hector Perez SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 24
7/13/2020 Elvis Luciano RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 24
7/13/2020 Jonathan Davis CF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 24
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
7/20/2020 Austin Meadows RF Illness Expected to be out until at least Jul 27
7/14/2020 Brendan McKay SP Undisclosed Questionable for start of season
7/12/2020 Randy Arozarena CF Undisclosed Questionable for start of season
6/24/2020 Josh Lowe CF Shoulder Questionable for start of season
5/21/2020 Brent Honeywell SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays had a 67-95 overall record last season. Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu had a 14-5 record with an earned run average of 2.32 and a WHIP of 1.01. He had 163 strikeouts over his 182.2 innings pitched and he gave up 160 hits. He allowed 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 3.1. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.35 and they gave up 678 base hits on the year. Teams hit .241 against the bullpen and they struck out 737 hitters while walking 318 batters. As a team, Toronto allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They were 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.79. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively gave up 1,450 base hits and 767 earned runs last year. They allowed 228 home runs last season, ranking them 13th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff walked 604 batters and struck out 1,332. They walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit was 4.82.
As a team Toronto hit .236, good for 30th in the league. The Blue Jays held a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which was good for 27th in baseball. They ranked 29th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Vladimir Guerrero Jr hit .272 with an on-base percentage of .339 last year. He had 126 hits last season in 464 at bats with 69 runs batted in. He had a slugging percentage of .433 and an OPS+ of 106. Bo Bichette hit .311 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .358. He totaled 61 hits and he drove in 21 men in 196 at bats. His OPS+ was 144 while his slugging percentage was at .571. The Blue Jays had 1,299 hits last season, including 270 doubles and 247 home runs. Toronto walked 509 times last year and they struck out 1,514 times as a unit. They left 1,003 men on base and had a team OPS of .733. They scored 4.48 runs per contest and scored a total of 726 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay had a 96-66 overall mark last year. With an earned run average of 3.05, Charlie Morton had a 16-6 record and a 1.08 WHIP. He had 240 strikeouts over the 194.2 innings he pitched. He also gave up 154 hits. He allowed 7.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 2.81. The bullpen had an earned run average of 3.71 and they gave up 668 base hits on the year. Teams hit .228 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers struck out 825 batters and walked 262 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings. They were 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.65. The Rays pitchers as a team surrendered 1,274 base knocks and 598 earned runs last season. They gave up 181 home runs last year, which ranked 30th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff walked 453 hitters and struck out 1,621 batters. They gave up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they struck out 9.9 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.17 while their FIP as a staff was 3.65.
As a team, they batted .254, good for 12th in the league. The Rays held a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which was good for 13th in baseball. They ranked 11th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. Brandon Lowe comes into this matchup after batting .270 with an OBP of .336 last season. He had 80 hits last year along with 51 RBI in 296 AB's. He maintained a slugging percentage of .514 with an OPS+ of 124. Ji-Man Choi hit .261 last season and he had an OBP of .363. He collected 107 hits in 410 at bats while driving in 63 runs. He had an OPS+ of 119 and a slugging percentage of .459. The Rays as a unit had 1,427 base hits last season, including 291 doubles and 217 homers. Tampa Bay walked 542 times last year and they struck out on 1,493 occasions. They left 1,130 men on base and had an OPS of .757. They scored 4.75 runs per game and totaled 769 runs last year.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays (-170)
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