Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Preview and Odds - 08/03/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 12:10 pm ET, Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Venue:  Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
Where to Watch:  BSSUN


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays -115, Rays -105; Over/Under:  8 runs
Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays -115, Rays -105; Over/Under:  8 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  Blue Jays -115, Rays -105; Over/Under:  7.5 runs

Season Record

Toronto Blue Jays:  57-45 (2nd place, AL East)
Tampa Bay Rays:  54-48 (3rd place, AL East)
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Toronto Blue Jays:  8-2 last 10
Tampa Bay Rays:  3-7 last 10

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Preview and Analysis

The Blue Jays enter this game on a 2 game winning streak. They won their last series against the Detroit Tigers 3-1 in a 4-game series. They enter this game with a 57-45 record overall and have a road record of 23-24. This is the series finale of a 2-game series with the Rays on Wednesday with the series opener still to be played on Tuesday. Their offense ranks 3rd in the MLB with a .767 OPS. Kevin Gausman is their starting pitcher on Tuesday while Yusei Kikuchi is making his start in this game on Wednesday. He is 4-5 with a 4.89 ERA this season. His team won 2 of their last 3 games this season with him making an appearance. In his last start, he allowed 1 ER, 1 HR, and 1 BB with 5 Ks on 2 hits through 5 IP against the Detroit Tigers. 
The Rays lost 3 of their last 4 games and enter this game off of a loss. They lost their last series against the Cleveland Guardians 2-1 in a 3-game series. They enter this game with a 54-48 record overall and have a home record of 32-20. This is the 2nd game of a 2-game series with the Blue Jays on Wednesday with the 1st game still to be played on Tuesday. Their offense ranks 21st in the MLB with a .688 OPS. Drew Rasmussen is on the mound on Tuesday while there is no probable starting pitcher yet throwing the first pitch in this game on Wednesday. 


Blue Jays vs Rays Prediction

The current betting odds have the Rays listed as a slight underdog in this game. The Rays have not been playing well coming into this series but they always get up for the Jays when they play them as the Jays have struggled against the Rays a lot over the last few seasons. The Rays do not have a very good offense but they have great pitching that will keep the Jays offense at bay here and the Rays should get going with their offense here. The Jays have Kikuchi starting here and he has been awful all season. He just pitched very well in his last start but that has been rare from him this season as he allows a lot of runs in every start, and he is also dealing with an injury that he picked up recently. This is a nice bounce back spot for the Rays offense here and their bullpen should keep this a low scoring game giving themselves the best chance to win here. The best way to place a bet here is on the Rays to win this game.
Blue Jays Rays Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Wednesday, August 3, 2022 (12:10 pm ET start time) is Rays 4 Blue Jays 2.
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MLB Betting Trends

Toronto Blue Jays: 180-146 (-12.2 Units) ML in all games. 45-41 (-11.8 Units) ML against left-handed starters. 15-7 UNDER against left-handed starters.
Tampa Bay Rays: 206-142 (+30.3 Units) ML in all games. 110-59 (+23.6 Units) ML in home games. 108-63 (+37.1 ) ML against division opponents.

Key Injuries

Toronto Blue Jays:  A. Manoah (SP) Prob Thurs - Elbow. G. Springer (CF) Ques Tues - Elbow. A. Vasquez (RP) Mid Aug - Ankle.
Tampa Bay Rays:  M. Zunino (C) out for season - Shoulder. K. Kiermaier (CF) Early Sept - Hip. W. Franco (SS) Early Sept - Wrist.

Notable Quotes

"He was landing his curveball. He was spotting his fastball up. He was on." - John Schneider on Berrios after his team’s win against the Tigers on Sunday.
"It's just how humbling the game of baseball is. It was just one of those days where nothing was going my way. Felt like didn't have much life on anything that I threw. Didn't make the adjustments and they made me pay for it." - Shane McClanahan after their loss against the Guardians on Sunday.

Starting Lineups

Toronto Blue Jays
Cavan Biggio (L) 2B
Vladimir Guerrero (R) 1B
Alejandro Kirk (R) DH
Bo Bichette (R) SS
Teoscar Hernandez (R) RF
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (R) LF
Matt Chapman (R) 3B
Raimel Tapia (L) CF
Danny Jansen (R) C
Tampa Bay Rays
Ji-Man Choi (L) DH
Yandy Diaz (R) 3B
Brandon Lowe (L) 2B
Randy Arozarena (R) RF
David Peralta (L) LF
Isaac Paredes (R) 1B
Yu Chang (R) SS
Roman Quinn (S) CF
Rene Pinto (R) C

Statistical Leaders

Toronto Blue Jays
Batting Average:  Alejandro Kirk (.311)
Hits:  Vladimir Guerrero (109)
Home Runs:  Vladimir Guerrero (21)
RBI:  Vladimir Guerrero (63)
Stolen Bases:  George Springer (10)
Wins:  Alek Manoah (11)
Saves:  Jordan Romano (24)
ERA:  Bowden Francis (0.00)
Tampa Bay Rays
Batting Average:  Jonathan Aranda (.375)
Hits:  Randy Arozarena (95)
Home Runs:  Isaac Paredes (14)
RBI:  Randy Arozarena (47)
Stolen Bases:  Randy Arozarena (20)
Wins:  Shane McClanahan (10)
Saves:  Colin Poche (6)
ERA:  J.P. Feyereisen (0.00)
Toronto Blue Jays: John Schneider (Interim)
Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Cash (8th season)

Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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