Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Betting Pick – August 2

The Toronto Blue Jays responded in a big way to a brief swoon just before the All-Star break, coming out of that period with intensity on both sides of the plate. Their pitching has been better, and their offense has been red-hot of late. They now are slated to open a brief two-game set in Florida, where this group will look to hold off the hard-charging Tampa Bay Rays, who sit just a few games behind Toronto in a tightly contested AL Wild-Card race.

Toronto enters riding a wave of confidence, just having taken three of four against the Detroit Tigers. With likely additions looming at the deadline for both teams on Tuesday afternoon, it will also be interesting to see how those moves impact team morale and performance heading into the series opener. The Jays are a loose and confident club at the moment, entering Tuesday’s game following a team beach-themed party on their recent day-off.

PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Kevin Gausman (7-8, 3.30 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 122 strikeouts); Rays: Drew Rasmussen (6-3, 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 70 strikeouts)

We’ll be treated to a quality pitching matchup for this crucial contest, as the Jays’ Kevin Gausman looks to shake off a mediocre outing his last time out, as he works against impressive youngster Drew Rasmussen of the Rays. He’s only allowed more than 2 earned runs once across his past five outings, and he’ll likely need to again be with his best stuff against this hot-hitting Toronto lineup.

With both divisional rivals so tightly packed in the Wild-Card standings, it makes Tuesday’s deadline moves and game, all the more exciting. Just three games separate Toronto and Tampa Bay, and look for this mini-series to have a playoff-feel to it. For added insight, the latest news, trends, and analysis, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our breakdown and betting prediction for the first game of this entertaining Rays/Blue Jays series. Enjoy the game, folks!

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Live Odds & Betting History

Betting odds provided by BOVADA

  • Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 (+130)
  • Tampa Bay Rays +1.5 (-150)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (-140)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (+120)
  • Over 7 (-110)
  • Under 7 (-110)
Overall Record 57-45 54-48
Over/Under/Push 53-47-2 49-49-4
Home/Away Record 23-24 32-20
Runs Per Game 4.9 4.1
Runs Allowed Per Game 4.3 3.9
Team Batting Average .265 .239
Bullpen ERA 3.89 3.49

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Prediction

Though the Rays have had their fair share of success against the Jays this season, and in recent seasons as well for that matter – the timing of this two-game stretch against Toronto couldn’t come at a worse time. For Tampa, injuries have continued to pile up, and though the Rays have made some incoming moves at the deadline, it’s unlikely the reinforcements will arrive in time for tonight’s first pitch.

Despite limited fan support, the Rays have still played quite well at home. Entering Tuesday night, they hold a 32-20 record at Tropicana Field, but going against one of the hottest teams in baseball will no doubt challenge them. Tampa will be forced to take on a scorching Jays’ offense, all without many key starting pieces. The Rays are without Mike Zunino, Harold Ramirez, Wander Franco, Shane Baz, Manny Margot, and Kevin Kiermaier. They’re also badly depleted within their bullpen, which could put further pressure on Drew Rasmussen tonight.

The Jays meanwhile have gotten healthy and red-hot at precisely the right time. Firing Charlie Montoyo has increased the spirit and ability of this talented lineup, and if their pitching can catch up to their bats, look out for the Jays in the American League down the stretch. Kevin Gausman takes the mound Tuesday night, and though for the most part he’s had a great season, recently he hasn’t been all that effective. He conceded five runs in his last outing, and three before that one. He has been effective vs. Tampa Bay in his career though, and the Jays will be banking on a return to form against a woeful and depleted Tampa lineup.

Look for Rasmussen to meet his match on Tuesday night, as he battles with MLB’s most potent batting order. Toronto ranks top-five in virtually every offensive category, and have been absurdly hot coming out of the break. Alejandro Kirk and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continue to be dangerous, while third baseman Matt Chapman is one of the hottest hitters in the sport right now, coming off a dominant July.

Rays vs. Blue Jays Trends To Know

  • Blue Jays are 8-0 in their last 8 games following an off day.
  • Blue Jays are 10-2 in their last 12 overall.
  • Blue Jays are 9-2 in their last 11 games vs. a right-handed starter.
  • Blue Jays are 7-3 in their last 10 Tuesday games.
  • Rays are 2-7 in their last 9 overall.
  • Rays are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
  • Under is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings in Tampa Bay.

Though the Rays have played Toronto tight this season, this series comes at a tough time for Kevin Cash’s side.  Tampa has done good deadline work, but it’s unlikely reinforcements will be in the lineup in time for Tuesday vs. Kevin Gausman.  Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay offense has struggled mightily of late, and with Toronto entering Tampa Bay well-rested and confident, look for the hot-hitting Jays to continue their ascension up the wild-card standings.  Expect a big offensive burst from Toronto on Tuesday, and feel comfortable backing them at slight road faves to open this crucial series.

Our Pick
Blue Jays
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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