AL East Contenders Meet in Monday MLB Betting

American League East contenders meet in MLB betting on Monday as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays are in the first place in the division while the Blue Jays are trying to stay within striking distance.  Tampa has been excellent on the road this season in baseball betting so they could get some action from gamblers in this game.

MLB betting odds should be very close on this series between the Rays and Blue Jays.  Tampa is beginning a six-game road trip but they have actually been better on the road than at home. Matt Garza is expected to get the call for Tampa Bay on Monday.  He is 5-3 on the season with a 2.97 ERA. Those are very good numbers but last time out he was shelled by Boston as he gave up six runs in just five innings. He allowed three home runs and he walked five.  Garza did not pitch well against the Blue Jays last time as he gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks in just five innings. Normally he is pretty good against Toronto as he has a 6-4 career record against them.  He has been great in Toronto as he is 3-2 with a 1.16 ERA.

This is the opener of a three-game series between the two teams. Tampa has pretty much owned Toronto recently in baseball betting, winning 15 of the last 20 games. They won three of four against the Blue Jays in late April in Tampa Bay.  The only game that was close is the one the Blue Jays won by a score of 6-5.  The other three games were controlled by the Rays as they won 6-0, 9-3 and 3-1.  The Rays have won four of the last six games in Toronto vs. the MLB betting odds. 

Tampa Bay simply has been fantastic in MLB betting on the road this season. They are an unbelievable 19-5 on the road this season.  Those are simply incredible road numbers.  It is easy to see why the Rays are doing well as they are in the top five in both hitting and in ERA.

The Blue Jays have actually been better on the road than at home in baseball betting.  That is somewhat surprising considering most baseball teams do better on their home field.  The Blue Jays have been winning with an offense that is in the Top 5 in the league. Their pitching has been up and down but they do have some capable starters including Shaun Marcum.