In today’s MLB betting guide, the Toronto Blue Jays look to continue to have success against division rivals like the Tampa Bay Rays, while the Seattle Mariners aim to stay hot against the Oakland Athletics.
Toronto Blue Jays (-145) vs Tampa Bay Rays (+120)
The Blue Jays have been showing up against their divisional opponents and playing each like a playoff game. They took the first game of the five-game series against the Rays by holding them to just five hits and one run. The Blue Jays once again hit some bombs and proved why they are top five in the league in all batting categories while the Rays really struggled. The Rays’ only offence came from Isaac Paredes who’s been the only player hitting the ball for them.
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Jose Berrios, starting pitcher for the Blue Jays, is bound for a bounce-back game as he’s allowed 14 runs in the past 6.2 innings (two starts). He had three strong games before that and hasn’t pitched poorly for more than two consecutive games this season. The Rays’ lack of batting can build his confidence right back up as he normally strikes out a good amount of batters and can go deep when he’s throwing well. As for the Rays’ starter Corey Kluber, he has pitched above average for them this season as is to be expected from starting pitchers on that team. He will create somewhat of a test for the Blue Jays, but he also won’t go any deeper than six innings. Take the Blue Jays in this one as well as the under (U9, -105).
Seattle Mariners (-190) vs Oakland Athletics (+155)
The Mariners are pretty heavily favoured for a reason. They have 12 more wins than the Athletics even though they are still negative overall. The Mariners are also 8-2 in their past 10 having won three in a row, while the Athletics are 2-8 in their past 10 and have lost four in a row. The Mariners won the first game of the series 8-6, allowing six or more runs in a game for just the third time in the past 26 games.
What will help the Mariners shut the Athletics down more this game is their starting pitcher Marco Gonzales. He has a low strikeout rate and has a 5.38 FIP (fielding independent pitching) even though his ERA (earned run average) is 3.31, but that’s due to the stellar fielding of the Mariners. He hasn’t had a bad start in a while and the Athletics don’t pose a huge threat sitting at 29th in the league with 3.2 runs per game. On the other side is James Kaprielian who is still winless through 52 innings pitched. He too doesn’t strike out a lot but the Athletics are ranked 24th in fielding percentage rather than first like the Mariners. Look for the Mariners to stay hot against the worst team in the MLB and the over to hit (O8, -110). Even consider the run line for better value (-1.5, +110).
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