Blue Jays vs. Rays MLB Pick – August 5th

The Toronto Blue Jays fly to Florida after spending a weekend in Baltimore against the Orioles. The Blue Jays lost as favorites Sunday to miss out on a four-game sweep of Baltimore. It was nevertheless a good time for the Blue Jays after hearing nothing but trade deadline talk. Ross Atkins got blasted for essentially getting nothing for fan favorite Marcus Stroman, and then he felt the wrath of Jays’ fans when they traded Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini.

Sanchez needed somewhere else to go and he landed in the best possible scenario. The Astros have been known for getting the most out of their pitchers and Sanchez delivered in his debut. Sanchez and the bullpen combined for a no-hitter to frustrate fans in Toronto even more.

While that was all going on, the Blue Jays were playing decent baseball, though. Bo Bichette is up in the big leagues and likely isn’t going anywhere now. You’re going to hear his name along with Vlad Jr. a lot in the future. The Blue Jays are still going to be in a growing phase for the next couple of seasons at least. Offensively we’re going to see a lot of growth, but the pitching is going to make for some cringy moments.

The Rays head into Monday on a torrid pace with six straight wins and a record of 8-1 in their previous nine matchups. They look determined to find a way into the postseason. The Rays currently hold a slim half game lead over the Athletics for the final wildcard in the American League.

In other words, Tampa don’t have much time to sit back and boast about their recent run. The beat must keep going on for them. First-year Ray and former Astro, Charlie Morton, will be called upon to get the start Monday night. Jacob Waguespack is expected for the Blue Jays in the starting role. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Rays pick.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Rays -240/Blue Jays +205
  • O/U: 8

Pitching Matchup:

  • Jacob Waguespack (2-1, 4.80 ERA)
  • Charlie Morton (12-3, 2.78 ERA)

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Following two appearances out of the bullpen, the Blue Jays promoted Waguespack to the starting rotation. Edwin Jackson was absolutely horrible which prompted his release. That allowed the 25-year-old Waguespack to move up and into the starting rotation in Toronto. Waguespack has been decent enough and is coming off a standout performance against the Royals in Kansas City. He allowed just 3 hits and 1-run in 6 innings of work.

That was the best start of young career, but he’s only made four of them. Waguespack will be back out this evening in Tampa for his fifth start. He is going to have to deal with a Rays’ offense who have been seeing the ball extremely well recently.

The Rays have scored an average of 8.2 runs per game in their previous seven outings. Jesus Aguilar was a nice sneaky acquisition by the Rays. He’s gone 4-for-7 with a long ball and 4 RBI’s since joining his new club.

That includes two games against the Jays, which resulted in some crazy comebacks for each side. The Rays haven’t been slowed down since putting up big numbers in Toronto. The offensive onslaught continued against the Red Sox and Marlins. We’ll see if Waguespack can cool the Rays off Monday.

The offense is likely going to be backed by a solid performance from Charlie Morton here. Morton has been a tremendous pick up for the Rays. The ‘Stros didn’t want to pay Morton and the Rays jumped on the opportunity. He has repaid them with a solid ROI in 2019.

Morton goes into his first start in August with a 2.78 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. His most recent outing wasn’t so great, but that was at Fenway and this is the Jays at the Trop. Morton has a solid history against Toronto, with no home runs and 2 runs scored in 35 at-bats. The hot run should continue for the Rays on Monday night. Consider a play on the Rays runline for a win by 2 runs or more.

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