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Rays vs Blue Jays Odds and Picks (Sep. 15)

Paul Attfield

by Paul Attfield in MLB Baseball

Updated Sep 14, 2021 · 8:45 PM PDT

Teoscar Hernandez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr celebrate
Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez, left, celebrates his two-run home run with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
  • AL East leader Tampa snapped Toronto’s four-game win streak in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory
  • While Tampa is now nine games clear of the Jays, Toronto is desperate for wins to stay in Wild-Card race
  • Read on for a preview, full odds and a best bet for this crucial Wednesday afternoon contest

The Tampa Bay Rays (90-55, 45-29 away) visit the Toronto Blue Jays (81-64, 40-30 home) on Wednesday, September 15th, to finish up an important three-game series for both clubs. While the Rays are closing in on a second straight division title, the Blue Jays are playing for their postseason lives, locked in a three-way battle with the Yankees and Red Sox for the two AL Wild-Card berths.

Tampa will be hoping to carry some momentum over from Tuesday night, when it combined for a three-hitter in a 2-0 shutout win to slow a Blue Jays offensive juggernaut that had scored 52 runs during a four-game win streak.

Rays vs Blue Jays Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
Tampa Bay Rays +150 +1.5 (-130) Over 9 (-110)
Toronto Blue Jays -170 -1.5 (+110) Under 9 (-110)

Odds as of September 15th at DraftKings.

Probable Pitchers

Tampa will be hoping for a similar defensive effort to Tuesday when it sends Michael Wacha out to the mound on Wednesday for a 3:07 p.m. ET start. The Rays were just the third team to shut the Blue Jays out this season in their 2-0 win, and they will need more of the same here as Wacha’s 3-4 record and 5.37 ERA will be put to the test.

However, the right-hander has pitched much better of late, with a 2.35 ERA and .164 opponent average in his last three starts. That comes after a horrendous seven-game stretch prior to that in which Wacha had a 7.64 ERA and .351 opponent average.

Wacha vs Ray Stats

Michael Wacha
Robbie Ray
3-4 Record 11-5
5.37 ERA 2.69
105.2 Innings Pitched 170.1
104 SO 220
26 BB 43

While Wacha will be making his first career start at Rogers Centre, he has previously pitched well against the Blue Jays, with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against them. On top of that, Wacha has gone 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 45 innings pitched against AL East opposition this year.

Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers

Blue Jays Batters Batting Average vs Michael Wacha
Bo Bichette .000
Corey Dickerson .200
Jarrod Dyson .000
Randal Grichuk .000
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. .000
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 1.000
Teoscar Hernandez .000
Jake Lamb .250
Marcus Semien .000
George Springer .000
Rays Batters Batting Average vs Robbie Ray
Randy Arozarena .091
Ji-Man Choi .200
Nelson Cruz .333
Yandy Diaz .231
Kevin Kiermaier .250
Brandon Lowe .091
Manuel Margot .185
Austin Meadows .333
Francisco Mejia .125
Brett Phillips .000
Taylor Walls .167
Mike Zunino .250

Robbie Ray will start his 29th game of the season on Wednesday, looking to improve on his 11-5 record. He could do worse than face the Rays given his own history against them, however. The left-hander has gone 1-1 in four starts against them this year, with an ERA of 2.00 and a 0.74 WHIP.

And 2021 is far from an anomaly either, as in six career starts against Tampa, Ray has a 1-2 record and 2.68 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.

Rays On Top

While the Blue Jays may be the most unstoppable offensive force in MLB right now, with the team going 12-2 in September, powered by 114 runs, the Rays virtually shut them down on Tuesday night. That is something the AL East leader has done all year, going 9-6 against its division rival.

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In addition to that, Tampa has dominated the AL East, going 47-22 against the rest of the division this year.

But Toronto has proven to be resilient, particularly of late, with the team winning 15 of its last 18 games.

Rays vs Blue Jays Prediction

Tampa may have had Toronto’s number on Tuesday night, but given the explosive offense that the Blue Jays have become of late, combined with having a Cy Young-caliber starter on the mound on Wednesday, it is hard to look past the team from north of the border in this Wednesday matinee matchup.

Best bet: Blue Jays -1.5 (+110)

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