The Toronto Blue Jays will look to snap their five-game losing streak when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in American League East Division action on Monday. The Blue Jays (23-22), who will also look to avoid being swept in their four-game wrap-around series, are 10-10 at their home field in Dunedin, Fla. The Rays (29-19), who are 16-5 this month, are 18-7 on the road in 2021. Tampa Bay has won 10 consecutive games.
The game from TD Ballpark will start at 1:07 p.m. ET. Both sides are listed at -105 (risk $105 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Rays vs. Blue Jays odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total runs scored is 11. Before finalizing any Blue Jays vs. Rays picks, check out the latest Sunday Night Baseball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Rays vs. Blue Jays money line: Tampa Bay -105, Toronto -105
- Rays vs. Blue Jays run line: Tampa Bay -1.5 (+140)
- Rays vs. Blue Jays over-under: 11 runs
- TB: The Rays are 7-0 in their last seven road games against a team with a winning record
- TOR: The Blue Jays are 10-4 in their last 14 Monday games
Why you should back the Rays
Tampa Bay will send left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (2-3, 4.24 ERA) to the mound. He'll be backed by the fourth-highest scoring MLB offense (235 runs). Right fielder Randy Arozarena has continued his recent hot streak and has hits in six of the past eight games, including three multi-hit performances. In the previous series against the Baltimore Orioles, Arozarena was 8-for-16 with a double, three homers and eight RBIs. For the season, he is hitting .273 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and 29 runs scored. In four career games against the Blue Jays, he is hitting .250 with one double, one home run and three RBIs.
Infielder Brandon Lowe has displayed some pop for the Rays this season, and that was on display in the series opener, when he clubbed a pair of homers in a 9-7 12-inning win on Friday. Lowe is 3-for-7 (.429) with four walks and three RBIs in the series. In 34 career games against the Blue Jays, he is hitting .246 with four doubles, one triple, eight homers and 23 RBIs.
Why you should back the Blue Jays
Right-hander Ross Stripling (0-3, 7.20 ERA) was scheduled to get the start for Toronto, but the Blue Jays made a late switch on Monday and will instead go with Trent Thornton as the team's opener. He hasn't gone more than 2.2 innings this season, so this will likely function as a bullpen game for the Blue Jays. Thornton is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. He's walked just eight batters all season.
Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the Blue Jays' offense, batting .331 with 13 homers, 36 RBIs and 35 runs scored. He has hits in nine of the past 10 games, including three multi-hit performances. During that stretch, he is 16-for-41 (.390) with four doubles, five homers and 10 RBIs. In 29 career games against the Rays, he is batting .252 with five homers and 16 RBIs.
How to make Blue Jays vs. Rays picks
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