Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Preview and Odds - 05/15/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 1:40 pm ET, Sunday, May 15, 2022
Venue:  Tropicana Field, Petersburg, FL
Where to Watch:  MLB Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays -115, Rays -105; Over/Under:  7 runs
Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays -120, Rays +100; Over/Under:  7 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays -120, Rays +100; Over/Under:  7.5 runs
 

Season Record

Toronto Blue Jays:  17-16 (3rd place, AL East)
Tampa Bay Rays:  20-13 (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:  2-8 last 10
Tampa Bay Rays:  7-3 last 10
 
 
 

Toronto Blue Jays Analysis

The Blue Jays are coming into this game with a 17-16 record overall and they are 7-10 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 6 of their last 7 games and are coming into this one on a 5 game losing streak. They just lost their 2-game series against the New York Yankees getting swept 2-0 and they are playing the series finale of a 3-game series with the Rays on Sunday. This will be the 3rd game of the series on Sunday with the 2nd game still to be played on Saturday. Hyun Jin Ryu is the starting pitcher for them on Saturday while Alek Manoah is on the mound for them here on Sunday. He is 4-0 with a 1.75 ERA this season. His team lost their last 2 games this season with him as a starter. In his last start, he allowed 2 ER, 0 HRs, and 1 BB with 3 Ks on 5 hits in 5 IP against the Cleveland Guardians. 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 20-13 record overall and they are 10-7 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming into this game on a 2 game winning streak. They just lost their 3-game series against the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 and they are playing the series finale of a 3-game series with the Blue Jays on Sunday night. This will be the 3rd game of the series on Sunday with the 2nd game still to be played on Saturday. Ryan Yarbrough is the starting pitcher for them on Saturday while Corey Kluber will be on the mound for them here on Saturday. He is 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA this season. His team won 2 of their last 3 games this season with him as a starter. In his last start, he allowed 8 earned runs, 2 homers, and 0 BB with 2 strikeouts on 11 hits in 3 innings played against the Los Angeles Angels. 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 not playing in their best form recently as they have been losing a lot of games and have entered a very big slump. They still have a great lineup that is hitting the ball but they have a big problem with batting while runners are in scoring position. That is bound to correct itself eventually though as the Jays were one of the best teams in the MLB last season in that category. This is a good spot for them to break out of their slump as they will be going against a Rays team that has not been playing great recently and Kluber is on the mound here which gives the Jays a good chance to score here. Kluber started the season well but his performances have started to dwindle as of late and Manoah is starting for the Jays here and he has been one of their better starters this season. This is a great spot for the Blue Jays to bounce back and win. The best bet here is on the Jays to win this game.
 
Blue Jays Rays Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Sunday, May 15, 2022 (1:40 pm ET start time) is Blue Jays 5 Rays 2.
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MLB Betting Trends

 
Toronto Blue Jays: 12-19 (-9.7 Units) ML after batting .225 or worse over a 5 game span. 95-64 (-6.9 Units) ML as a favorite of -110 or higher. 45-19 UNDER on the road when the money line is +125 to -125.
Tampa Bay Rays: 172-108 (+37.7 Units) ML in all games. 88-47 (+16.5 Units) ML in home games. 7-1 UNDER against division opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Toronto Blue Jays:  N. Pearson (SP) Late May - Illness. D. Jansen (C) Ques Sat - Oblique. C. Biggio (2B) Late May - Illness.
Tampa Bay Rays:  P. Sanders (SP) Late May - Back. J. Chargois (RP) Mid June - Oblique. Y. Diaz (3B) Ques Sat - Illness.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"We're probably pressing. What I know from experience is that good hitters are going to hit, and you can't panic about a good offense when you have 129 games left. It's just that right now, because we've played so many close games, everything gets magnified because everybody is expecting our offense to be one of the best in baseball." - Charlie Montoyo after his team’s loss against the Rays on Friday.
 
 
"I saw (center fielder Raimel) Tapia making a run at it and everyone knows how fast he is. I was praying that I was going to get a single out of it. I saw it drop and the only thing going through my head was to run." - Brandon Lowe after their win against the Blue Jays on Friday.
 
 

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 (20)
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 (21)
Stolen Bases:  Randy Arozarena (6)
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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