Blue Jays vs Rays Prediction 4-4-2016
Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Prediction Pick. Baseball Starting Pitchers, Profitable Sports Betting Predictions, Pucking Hockey 2016 Baseball Predictions.
The Blue Jays struck first in this series, getting a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay in the first game of three. Tonight, they’ll face off again at Tropicana Field. The Blue Jays took the AL East title last year, but failed to really excel over the Rays, going just 10-9 in their match-ups. This could be a low-scoring game based on both teams’ pitchers, but both have also either significantly improved on offense, or already have a great offense to back them up, so it could be a close call here for either team.
The Blue Jays (1-0) led the league in runs scored last year, with 891, and had one of the top offenses all around, also leading in home runs. The good news, is that some of their best players are back, fueling the hitting machine again in the likes of Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Troy Tulowitzki. They’ll have to focus on those power hitters, because they may struggle defensively, especially at the loss of David Price. While Toronto does have some young talent on the mound, it remains to be seen how they’ll really be able to perform. Pitching Monday for the Jays will be R.A. Dickey, who ended up with a 3.91 ERA in 33 starts last season.
The Rays (0-1) fell against the Blue Jays in-game one of this series, and will simply need to stay solid on both offense and defense to take the rest of the series. Where Toronto has several powerhouse hitters, Tampa Bay has consistency at the plate, but no real ‘wow’ factor. Where they do excel is defensively, with a lot of depth in their young pitching rotation. Drew Smyly will step up for this game, who pitched a 3.11 ERA for the Rays last season, with only 12 starts to his name.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction 4-4-2016
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