In another sad display, the Toronto Blue Jays were delivered another blow last night, which ended up resulting in another loss on their resume. The Blue Jays lost their 9th game of the season, bringing their win-loss total to 1-9 in the 2017 campaign.
The offense was unable to break out of their hole, and are still out of whack. Wade Miley had their way with the Blue Jay bats last night, leading to another loss. You have to start believing soon that there are roster issues there, with little to no energy in that lineup.
I’m going to be staying away from the Jays today, and probably for the foreseeable future. Until they start showing they can play baseball, they’re going to make for a risky bet. Instead, we head to Fenway where the Tampa Bay Rays and Red Sox continue their series on Saturday.
The Rays’ offense came to play last night, putting up 10 runs in an easy 10-5 victory against the Red Sox. The Rays have showed a little bit of pop in their bats this season, as they advance to 6-5 and get over the .500 mark with the victory.
With Chris Sale getting the call for the Red Sox on the hump tonight, scratching 10 runs across the plate may be a bit tougher on Saturday. The Rays will counter with Jake Odorizzi. Let’s get right to the MLB pick, and I also hope you’re all having a wonderful Easter Weekend.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (0-1, 1.23 ERA)
The Rays are only 6-5, but they’ve shown signs of being a much better offense in 2017. Note that Tampa played near the back of the majors last season and are hoping they can show some life this year. However, while they have scored some runs, it hasn’t been because their batting average has been high. They’ll have to bring it up if they want to sustain the runs being scored. In their last five games they’ve hit only .207, contrasted with the Red Sox who hit .281.
Tampa got an eruption of offense last night, but it’s probably going to be the exception rather than a normal occurrence. Sale was flawless in his first outing with the Red Sox. He allowed 2 runs and 5 hits across 7.2 innings, compiling a 1.23 ERA and 0.68 WHIP vs a potent offense in the Detroit Tigers. Odorizzi didn’t do much wrong either, allowing 2 runs and 2 hits in 6 innings worked. I can see Sale outshining Odorizzi here though, and we should witness some regression from the Tampa offense. After accumulating 10 runs, the offense should cool off some. The Rays looks like a good candidate to earn us a winning MLB pick on Saturday.
PICK: RED SOX -1.5 (+114)