Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Preview and Odds - 05/14/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 6:10 pm ET, Saturday, May 14, 2022
Venue:  Tropicana Field, Petersburg, FL
Where to Watch:  BSSUN

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays +110, Rays -130; Over/Under:  8.5 runs
Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays +110, Rays -130; Over/Under:  8.5 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays +110, Rays -130; Over/Under:  8 runs
 

Season Record

Toronto Blue Jays:  17-15 (3rd place, AL East)
Tampa Bay Rays:  19-13 (2nd place, AL East)
 
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Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Preview and Analysis

 
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Toronto Blue Jays:  3-7 last 10
Tampa Bay Rays:  7-3 last 10
 
 
 

Toronto Blue Jays Analysis

The Blue Jays are coming into this game with a 17-15 record overall and they are 7-9 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 5 of their last 6 games and are coming into this one on a 4 game losing streak. They just lost their 2-game series against the New York Yankees getting swept 2-0 and they are playing the 2nd game of a 3-game series with the Rays on Saturday. This will be the 2nd game of the series on Saturday with the series opener still to be played on Friday. Kevin Gausman is the starting pitcher for them on Friday while Hyun Jin Ryu is on the mound for them here on Saturday. He is 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA this season. His team lost their 2 games this season with him as a starter. In his last start, he allowed 5 ER, 1 HR, and 0 BB with 1 K on 6 hits in 4 IP against the Oakland Athletics. They scored 8 runs in their last series averaging 4 runs scored per game in that span and they allowed 11 runs against them averaging 5.5 runs allowed per game.
 

Tampa Bay Rays Analysis

The Rays are coming into this game with a 19-13 record overall and they are 9-7 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 3 of their last 4 games but are coming into this one off of a win in their last game which snapped a 3 game losing streak that they were on. They just lost their 3-game series against the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 and they are playing the 2nd game of a 3-game series with the Blue Jays on Saturday night. This will be the 2nd game of the series on Saturday with the series opener still to be played on Friday. Drew Rasmussen is the starting pitcher for them on Friday while Ryan Yarbrough will be on the mound for them here on Saturday. He is 0-0 with a 6.14 ERA this season. His team lost their last game this season with him as a starter. In his last start, he allowed 0 earned runs, 0 homers, and 1 BB with 4 strikeouts on 4 hits in 5 innings played against the Seattle Mariners. They scored 7 runs in their last series averaging just over 2 runs scored per game in that span and they allowed 25 runs against them averaging just over 8 runs allowed per game.
 

 

Blue Jays vs Rays Prediction

The Blue Jays are coming into this game in a little slump as they have lost 5 of their last 6 games and have not been playing very well but they are getting a pitcher back for this game and he has had a lot of success with the team when he is healthy. Ryu will be returning to the mound from injury and when he is healthy, he really is the ace pitcher of the Blue Jays. They are going up against a Rays team that has stumbled out of the gate a little themselves, also with a lot of injuries but they also have a pitcher coming back from injury making his start in this game. Yarbrough is back and he has not been great in the few appearances he has made this season. He does not go very deep into games either and the Jays will likely see a lot of the Rays bullpen in this game, which has not been great for the Rays this season. The Blue Jays are going to be hungry to bounce back here and with Ryu on the mound, he should pitch a good game now that he is healthy again. The best bet here is on the Blue Jays to win this game.
 
Blue Jays Rays Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Saturday, May 14, 2022 (6:10 pm ET start time) is Blue Jays 4 Rays 2.
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MLB Betting Trends

 
Toronto Blue Jays: 5-8 (-3.6 Units) ML when the money line is +125 to -125. 65-40 UNDER when the money line is +125 to -125. 10-5 UNDER against division opponents.
Tampa Bay Rays: 171-107 (+37.6 Units) ML in all games. 63-46 (+18.7 Units) ML when the money line is +125 to -125. 10-6 UNDER in home games.
 

Key Injuries

 
Toronto Blue Jays:  N. Pearson (SP) Late May - Illness. D. Jansen (C) Late May - Oblique. C. Biggio (2B) Late May - Illness.
Tampa Bay Rays:  P. Sanders (SP) Late May - Back. M. Margot (CF) Prob Fri - Hamstring. J. Chargois (RP) Mid June - Oblique.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"He's one of the best closers in baseball. He just didn't have it today." - Charlie Montoyo after his team’s loss against the Yankees on Tuesday.
 
 
"After you get no-hit, shut out, all of the above, and then you're facing Ohtani the next day is not the easiest thing to do. We knew we had to buy the offense a little bit of time. (McClanahan) did that and then some." - Kevin Cash after his team’s win against the Angels on Wednesday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Toronto Blue Jays
George Springer (R) CF
Bo Bichette (R) SS
Vladimir Guerrero (R) 1B
Teoscar Hernandez (R) RF
Alejandro Kirk (R) DH
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (R) LF
Matt Chapman (R) 3B
Zack Collins (L) C
Santiago Espinal (R) 2B
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Manuel Margot (R) DH
Wander Franco (S) SS
Harold Ramirez (R) RF
Brandon Lowe (L) 2B
Randy Arozarena (R) LF
Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B
Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
Mike Zunino (R) C
Taylor Walls (S) 3B
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Toronto Blue Jays
Batting Average:  Danny Jansen (.571)
Hits:  Bo Bichette (34)
Home Runs:  Vladimir Guerrero (7)
RBI:  Vladimir Guerrero (19)
Stolen Bases:  Santiago Espinal (3)
Wins:  Adam Cimber (4)
Saves:  Jordan Romano (12)
ERA:  Bowden Francis (0.00)
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Batting Average:  Manuel Margot (.337)
Hits:  Wander Franco (38)
Home Runs:  Brandon Lowe (5)
RBI:  Manuel Margot (20)
Stolen Bases:  Taylor Walls (5)
Wins:  J.P. Feyereisen (3)
Saves:  Andrew Kittredge (4)
ERA:  J.P. Feyereisen (0.00)
 
Managers:
Toronto Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo (4th season)
Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Cash (8th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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