Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays - 9/15/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays (81-62) vs Tampa Bay Rays (79-63)

Game Info: Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 3:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Kevin Gausman (12-9) (3.31) vs Shane McClanahan (11-5) (2.20)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -145 / Tampa Bay Rays +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of their series at Rogers Centre on Thursday afternoon.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 79-63 this season and have lost five of their last six games. Tampa Bay won Game 2 of this series by a score of 4-2. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.38 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average this season. The Rays offense has scored 595 runs with a .242 batting average and a .310 on base percentage. Randy Arozarena is batting .265 with 19 home runs and 78 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Shane McClanahan, who is 11-5 with a 2.20 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 147.1 innings pitched this season.

The Toronto Blue Jays are 81-62 this season and have won six of their last eight games. Toronto won Games 1, 3, and 4 of this series by scores of 3-2, 7-2, and 5-1. The Toronto pitching staff has a 3.84 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a .247 opponent batting average. The Blue Jays offense has scored 670 runs with a .262 batting average and a .327 on base percentage this year. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is batting .278 with 28 home runs and 84 RBI’s for the Blue Jays this season. The projected starter for Toronto is Kevin Gausman, who is 12-9 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 152.1 innings pitched this season.

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Tampa Bay is 20-8 in their last 28 Thursday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games. The over is 3-1-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 Thursday games. Toronto is 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 11-3 in their last 14 games. The over is 8-3 in Toronto’s last 11 Thursday games. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings.

Tampa Bay has gone cold in their last six games, but will turn to Shane McClanahan to turn things around on Thursday. McClanahan is coming off of the IL and has allowed four runs over his last 19 innings pitched. For the Blue Jays, Kevin Gausman has allowed 13 runs over his last 23 innings pitched. I am taking the Rays to win this game with McClanahan on the mound. Prior to his injury, McClanahan was pitching very well.

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