Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays - 4/24/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays - 4/24/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (10-10) vs Toronto Blue Jays (9-10)

Game Info: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Brent Honeywell Jr. (0-0) (2.70) vs Robbie Ray (0-1) (1.80)

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The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Toronto Blue Jays in an AL East matchup on Saturday. It will be the second of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.

The Blue Jays took the first one 5-3 on Friday night. Steve Matz and the bullpen combined for 12 strikeouts in the win. From the dish, the Blue Jays had 6 hits and 2 home runs. Marcus Semien hit a three-run shot in the 1st for his 5th of the season. To start the season, Toronto has a .226 team batting average and .668 OPS. Vlad Guerrero Jr. leads the team with a .381 average and a 1.147 OPS.

Getting the start for Toronto in this one will be lefty Robbie Ray. To start the season, he is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 6 strikeouts. In his career against this Rays lineup, he has allowed a .167 average with 16 strikeouts in 34 at bats.

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The Rays fell in the series opener after an up and down start from Tyler Glasnow. He allowed 5 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings, striking out 10. From the dish they managed 5 hits and were 2-7 with runners in scoring position. Randy Arozarena’s three run shot in the 5th accounted for the teams scoring in the game. To start the year, Tampa Bay has a .232 team batting average and .704 OPS. Joey Wendle leads the team with a .343 average, .948 OPS and 15 RBI.

Starting for the Rays on Saturday will be righty Brent Honeywell Jr. To start the season, he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 2 strikeouts in 3.1 innings.  This will be the first time he has faced this Toronto lineup in his career.

Toronto is 6-4 in their last ten games, 7-7 on the road this season, and the under 14-6 in their games.

Tampa Bay is 5-5 in their last ten games, 3-6 at home this season, and the over is 15-6 in their games.

Toronto should have the edge on the mound in this one. Honeywell’s number are solid, but he will be on a short leash after only pitching a few innings to start the season. The Rays bullpen has been unreliable this year, so Toronto should have some chances to score.  Robbie Ray on the other hand has been pitching well, and Tampa’s numbers against lefties this year rank in the bottom half of the league. Give me the Blue Jays to win.

 

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Joe’s Pick Toronto Blue Jays

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