Sportsbook Odds: Blue Jays vs. Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays made the long journey, not from north of the border, but from the U.S. west coast, to begin a three game series versus the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida tonight. The first pitch of the series opener is scheduled to be thrown in Tropicana Field at 7:10ET.

The Jays spent a long weekend in Oakland where they met the Athletics four times. The first two affairs did not go well for Toronto dropping them both by scores of 4-1 and 5-4 respectively. Before departing the bay however, things improved and they captured the final two contests, 3-1 and 6-5 to gain a split of the four game set. Check the Sportsbook Odds for the Blue Jays vs. Rays Game.

On Sunday, Edwin Encarnacion had a homer and two runs batted in and Yunel Escobar also had 2 ribbies for the Jays. On the other hand, Tampa Bay spent what could have been a beautiful sunny Florida weekend by dropping two of three to the Orioles while being shutout in both of the two losses.

As a matter of fact, the Rays have gone 21 straight innings without scoring a run since their 2-0 victory over the O's on Friday. Their total offensive output of the year finds them with a total of 434 runs and near the bottom of the MLB pile.

Thankfully for Tampa Bay, 3rd baseman, Evan Longoria is finally due back tonight after spending over 3 months on the DL due to a torn hamstring. His .329 average may be just what the doctor ordered for the Rays lineup.

Tampa (56-52) is still in the AL wild card chase. They are presently in third place of the AL East trailing second place Baltimore by just 2.5 games. They are 5-5 in the last 10 and 29-27 in St. Pete. Start your Online Sportsbook action on the Blue Jays vs. Rays Game.

Toronto (53-55) is last in the division, a game behind Boston. They are 4-6 in the previous 10 contests and 25-32 outside of Canada.

Tonight's pitchers are southpaw, J.A. Happ (7-9, 4.85 ERA) for the Blue Jays and righthander, James Shields (9-7, 4.24 ERA)for the Rays, who seems to have gotten back on track with a complete game, 3 hit shutout against Oakland last Tuesday.

Tampa Bay is a heavy home favorite at -$175, while Toronto is a +$165. The over/under of 7.5 total runs is on a $125/$100 moneyline.

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