Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction MLB Picks 5/18/24

Toronto Blue Jays (19-23) vs Tampa Bay Rays (23-22)

Game Info: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 3:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Kevin Gausman (2-3) (4.95) vs Zach Eflin (3-4) (3.91)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -125 / Tampa Bay Rays +106 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays meet Saturday in MLB game 2 action at Rogers Centre. Here’s a Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction.

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-22 on the season after wins over the Yankees and Red Sox. The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 15 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 7 straight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 9 of their last 11 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Isaac Paredes leads the Tampa Bay Rays with 47 hits and 24 RBI, while Yandy Diaz and Amed Rosario have combined for 89 hits and 41 RBI.

Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays are 19-24 after losses to the Twins and Orioles. The Toronto Blue Jays have scored 8 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 4 straight games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost 5 of their last 6 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the Toronto Blue Jays with 44 hits and 19 RBI, while Bo Bichette and Isiah Kiner-Falefa have combined for 65 hits and 27 RBI.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Matchup

Zach Eflin gets the ball for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he is 3-4 with a 3.91 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Eflin has allowed 18 hits and 7 runs in his last 17.2 innings. Eflin has a 4.88 ERA and .289 allowed batting average in 27.2 road innings. Eflin is 2-3 with a 6.43 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kevin Gausman gets the ball for the Toronto Blue Jays, and he is 2-3 with a 4.95 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Gausman has allowed 13 hits and 6 earned runs in his last 8.1 innings. Gausman has a 6.75 ERA and .349 allowed batting average in 18.2 home innings. Gausman is 8-8 with a 3.72 ERA and 122 strikeouts in his career against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Why the Tampa Bay Rays will win

  • The Rays have won four of their last five games as road underdogs.
  • The Blue Jays have lost four of their last five games as favorites against American League opponents.
  • The Rays have covered the run line in each of their last seven games as road underdogs against American League opponents.
  • The Blue Jays have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last nine home games against American League opponents that held a winning record.

Toronto Blue Jays Player Prop Facts

  • Danny Jansen has hit a home run in three of his last five appearances with the Blue Jays as home favorites against AL opponents.
  • Danny Jansen has scored at least one run in six of his last seven appearances with the Blue Jays as favorites.
  • Daulton Varsho has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Blue Jays' last eight Saturday games as favorites.
  • Kevin Gausman has recorded six or more strikeouts in each of his last eight Saturday appearances in day games.
  • Alejandro Kirk has recorded at least one RBI in four of his last five appearances against the Rays.
  • Alejandro Kirk has recorded at least one hit in each of his last eight appearances with the Blue Jays as favorites against the Rays.
  • Alejandro Kirk has recorded at least one Single in each of his last eight appearances with the Blue Jays as favorites against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays Player Prop Facts

  • Yandy Diaz has hit a home run in each of the Rays' last two day games.
  • Zach Eflin has recorded five or more strikeouts in each of his last three appearances in day games.
  • Randy Arozarena has scored at least one run in each of his last five appearances against AL East opponents that held a losing record.
  • Josh Lowe has recorded at least one Double in three of his last four appearances against the Blue Jays.
  • Amed Rosario has recorded at least one Single in each of his last six road appearances against the Blue Jays.
  • Amed Rosario has recorded at least one hit in each of his last eight road appearances against AL East opponents.
  • Amed Rosario has recorded at least one total base in each of his last eight road appearances against AL East opponents.
  • Harold Ramirez has recorded at least one RBI in four of his last five appearances against AL East opponents that held a losing record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Toronto Blue Jays rank 2nd in the league for strikeouts against this season (310).
  • The Toronto Blue Jays rank T28th in the league for hits this season (316).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both strikeouts and walks allowed this season.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank 5th in the league for steals this season (50).

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction

The Tampa Bay Rays are showing signs of getting their act together over the last week, and you can argue they have the pitching edge. Zach Eflin has been respectable this season while Kevin Gausman has been getting tagged. Gausman has been even worse at home this season, with an ERA of nearly 7 and an allowed batting average over 400. The Toronto Blue Jays also continue to have issues stringing together offense. The value is with the Rays and the slight plus money given the form and the pitching edge. Give me the Rays, as the Blue Jays continue to disappoint. 

Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Rays +106

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