Rays vs. Blue Jays Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Sunday, April 16, 2023

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Rays vs. Blue Jays Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, April 16, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Toronto Blue Jays (10-5) hope to complete a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays (13-2) when the teams meet at 1:37 PM ET on Sunday. The Rays are -135 favorites to prevent the Blue Jays from completing the sweep.

Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan gets the start, and he’ll go against Toronto’s Alek Manoah.

Rays vs. Blue Jays Odds

  • Rays odds to win: -135
  • Blue Jays odds to win: +115
  • Spread: Rays -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023
  • Time: 1:37 PM ET
  • TV: MLB Network

Who Will Win Rays vs. Blue Jays?

Rays and Blue Jays Betting Trends

The Rays have put together a 13-1 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 92.9% of those games).

Tampa Bay has won all 13 games it has played as moneyline favorites with odds of -135 or shorter.

The Blue Jays have won three of the five games they’ve played as underdogs this season.

Toronto has played as an underdog of +115 or more once this season and won that game.

The Rays have played in 15 games with set over/under, and have combined with opponents to go over the total nine times (9-4-2).

So far this season, the Blue Jays and their opponents have hit the over in seven of their 15 games with a total.

Rays Stats & Insights

The Rays are the top-scoring team in baseball averaging 7.1 runs per game (106 total).

The Tampa Bay Rays have hit an MLB-leading 35 home runs, averaging 2.3 per game.

The Rays have the third-best batting average in the league (.279).

Tampa Bay strikes out 7.7 times per game to rank sixth in baseball.

The Rays pitching staff is 14th in MLB with a collective 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

Tampa Bay has a 2.64 team ERA that ranks second among all MLB pitching staffs.

Blue Jays Stats & Insights

The Blue Jays have scored the sixth-most runs in the league this season with 79.

Toronto has hit 16 homers this season, which ranks 12th in the majors.

The Blue Jays lead baseball with a .282 batting average.

Toronto ranks seventh in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 7.8 Ks per contest.

The Blue Jays average 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching staff, 10th-most in the league.

Toronto pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.40 ERA this year, which ranks 14th in MLB.

Rays Key Players to Watch

McClanahan gets the start for the Rays, his fourth of the season. He is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings pitched.

Wander Franco leads Tampa Bay with a batting average of .339. He’s also hit four home runs with 12 RBI.

Brandon Lowe’s five home runs are most among Tampa Bay batters. He’s driven in 12 runs this season while slugging .744.

Randy Arozarena is among the top hitters for Tampa Bay with a .293 average, three homers and 17 RBI.

Yandy Diaz has collected 11 hits this season and has an OBP of .345. He’s slugging .500 on the year.

Blue Jays Key Players to Watch

Manoah (1-0) will take to the mound for the Blue Jays and make his fourth start of the season.

Matt Chapman leads the Blue Jays in runs batted in (15) and has a team-high batting average of .453.

Bo Bichette has hit four home runs to pace his team.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is batting .390 with a double, two home runs and eight walks.

George Springer is batting .254 with three home runs and six walks.

Rays and Blue Jays Injuries

Rays: Jose Siri: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Zach Eflin: 15 Day IL (Back), Ryan Thompson: 15 Day IL (Lat), Tyler Glasnow: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Shawn Armstrong: 15 Day IL (Neck), Shane Baz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Andrew Kittredge: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Jeffrey Springs: day-to-day (Arm)

Blue Jays: Mitchell White: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Chad Green: 60 Day IL (Undisclosed), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Rays vs. Blue Jays Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rays 5, Blue Jays 4
  • Total Prediction: Over 8.5 runs
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