Rays vs Blue Jays Prediction - MLB Picks 4/16/23

Toronto Blue Jays (10-5) vs Tampa Bay Rays (13-2)

Game Info: Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 1:37 pm (Rogers Centre)

Alek Manoah (1-0) (4.91) vs Shane McClanahan (3-0) (1.59)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays +105 / Tampa Bay Rays -125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 3 of their series on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 13-2 this season and they have lost two games in a row. Prior to losing the first two games of this series, Tampa Bay swept the Boston Red Sox in four games. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 2.64 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and a .199 on base percentage this season. The Rays offense has scored 106 runs with a .279 batting average and a .352 on base percentage. Wander Franco is batting .339 with four home runs and 12 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Shane McClanahan, who is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 17 innings pitched this year.

Blue Jays Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays are 10-5 this season and they have won five of their last six games. Toronto has won Games 1 and 2 of this series by scores of 6-3 and 5-2. The Toronto pitching staff has a 4.40 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .247 opponent batting average. The Blue Jays offense has scored 79 runs with a .282 batting average and a .350 on base percentage this season. Bo Bichette is batting .368 with four home runs and 11 RBI’s for the Blue Jays. The projected starting pitcher for Toronto is Alek Manoah, who is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP over 14.2 innings pitched this season. 

Trends

Tampa Bay is 13-2 in their last 15 games and 4-0 in their last 4 game three’s of a series. The over is 4-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 game three’s of a series. Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 games and 6-1 in their last 7 games against the AL East. The over is 5-0 in Toronto’s last 5 Sunday games. The over is 4-1-1 in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings.

Pick

Tampa Bay started the season on a historic run, but the Blue Jays have beaten them two times in a row to start this series. Toronto has been playing very well and they have won five of their last six games. The Rays have the pitching advantage in this game with Shane McClanahan on the mound, who has allowed three earned runs over 17 innings pitched this year. The Blue Jays will start Alek Manoah, who has struggled in two of his three starts this season. I like the Rays here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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