Blue Jays vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/23/23

Tampa Bay Rays (35-14) vs Toronto Blue Jays (25-23)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Taj Bradley (3-0) (3.54) vs Jose Berrios (3-4) (4.61)

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

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The Toronto Blue Jays will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of their series on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Blue Jays Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays are 25-23 this season and they have lost five games in a row. Prior to losing the first game in this series, Toronto lost all three games in their series with Baltimore. The Toronto pitching staff has a 3.98 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a .238 opponent batting average this season. The Blue Jays offense has scored 218 runs with a .258 batting average and a .329 on base percentage. Bo Bichette is batting .317 with nine home runs and 30 RBI’s for the Blue Jays. The projected starting pitcher for Toronto is Jose Berrios, who is 3-4 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 52.2 innings pitched this year. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 35-14 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Tampa Bay won Game 1 of this series by a score of 6-4 on Monday night. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.39 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a .219 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 296 runs with a .271 batting average and a .346 on base percentage this year. Randy Arozarena is batting .308 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Taj Bradley, who is 3-0 with a 3.54 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over 20.1 innings pitched this season. 

Trends

Toronto is 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 0-5 in their last 5 games. The over is 8-2 in Toronto’s last 10 road games. Tampa Bay is 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 game two’s of a series. The over is 9-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 11 games. The over is 6-2-1 in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings. 

Pick

Both of these teams come into this game with a record above .500, but Toronto is last in the AL East. Tampa Bay has been the best team in baseball to start the year, but they are only three games up on Baltimore in the division. Tampa Bay is starting Taj Bradley, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four straight starts. Toronto is starting Jose Berrios, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. I am going to take Tampa Bay in this matchup, sending Toronto to their sixth straight loss. 

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

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