- The Blue Jays are -140 home favorites over the Rays on Friday
- Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.45) will start for Tampa Bay against Jose Berrios (5-4, 5.86)
- A look at the Rays vs Blue Jays odds can be found below with a pick
On Canada Day, the Toronto Blue Jays will host the Tampa Bay Rays at 3:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays (43-32/24-14 home) opened the five-game series with a 4-1 win on Thursday night for their third straight victory. The Rays (40-35/15-18 road) had their losing streak reach three games.
Rays vs Blue Jays Odds
|Tampa Bay Rays||+115||+1.5 (-165)||Over 9 (-115)|
|Toronto Blue Jays||-140||-1.5 (+140)||Under 9 (-105)|
Odds as of June 30th at BetMGM.
Toronto has a 58.33% expected win probability as a -140 favorite in a game that will be televised by MLB Network. In the latest World Series odds, the Blue Jays are at +1200 and the Rays at +3000.
Though the weather forecast calls for a high temperature of 77 degrees, the Rogers Centre roof could be closed because of expected thunderstorms.
TB vs TOR Probable Pitchers
Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.45) is scheduled to pitch for the Rays against Jose Berrios (5-4, 5.86). Kluber will be starting on five days rest and Berrios on four.
Kluber vs Berrios
Kluber is 0-2 in his last three starts but with a fine 2.08 ERA in that span.
In his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Saturday at Tampa Bay, Kluber had a no-decision after allowing two runs and five hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out six and issued no walks.
Corey Kluber, Nasty 80mph Breaking Ball. 😨 pic.twitter.com/upwcogNEMh
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 25, 2022
Kluber has a 3-5 career record against the Blue Jays with a 3.98 ERA in 12 starts. He is 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA in four starts at Rogers Centre.
On the road this season, Kluber has gone 1-3 and has a 3.86 ERA in seven starts. He is 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA in eight starts in day games.
Berrios has struggled mightily recently, going 0-2 with an 11.20 ERA in his last three starts.
He was hammered for eight runs on eight hits Sunday in 2.2 innings in a loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee. Berrios had two walks and one strikeout.
Jose Berrios @ MIL
5.91 ERA in 2022
— ²¹ (@BoltUpDerwin) June 26, 2022
The Rays have given Berrios problems as he has an 0-3 lifetime record against them in five starts with a 5.76 ERA.
Berrios is 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts in Toronto this year. However, he is 2-2 with an 8.61 ERA in five starts in the daytime.
Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers
|Rays Batters||Batting Average vs Jose Berrios|
|Blue Jays Batters||Batting Average vs Corey Kluber|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||.571|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr.||.200|
The Rays’ Brett Phillips has a rough time with Berrios, going 1 for 7 with six strikeouts.
The Blue Jays’ Travis Chapman is a perfect 5 for 5 against Kluber with two doubles and two home runs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 4 for 7 with a double and a homer while George Springer is a .391 (9 for 23) hitters with two doubles and one longball.
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Tampa Bay vs Toronto Betting Outlook
Teoscar Hernandez and Santiago Espinal each hit two-run home runs to account for the Blue Jays’ scoring in Thursday night’s win.
Hernandez connected in the second inning to make it 2-0. Espinal’s blast in the seventh extended the lead to 4-1 and completed the scoring.
We’ve hit 100+ homers before the All-Star Break for a 13th consecutive season.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 1, 2022
Hernandez went 3 for 4 and added a double.
Isaac Paredes hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Rays and Yandy Diaz had two of their five hits.
The Rays placed two relievers, left-hander Brooks Raley and right-hander Ryan Thompson, on the restricted list for the series. All unvaccinated players must go on the IR as they are not permitted entry into Canada.
Righties Javy Guerra and Phoenix Sanders were called up from Triple-A Durham.
Tampa Bay is expected to have center fielder Kevin Kiermaier back in the lineup Friday. He has been out since June 21 with right hip inflammation.
A 90 MPH rocket from Kevin Kiermaier! pic.twitter.com/uU54azFJiW
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 12, 2021
The teams have split four games this season but the Rays hold a 155-101 advantage in the series since 2018.
Rays vs Blue Jays Last 10 Games
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Score|
|6/30/22||Blue Jays||Rays||TOR, 4-1|
|5/15/22||Rays||Blue Jays||TB, 3-0|
|5/14/22||Rays||Blue Jays||TOR, 5-1|
|5/13/22||Rays||Blue Jays||TB, 5-2|
|9/22/21||Rays||Blue Jays||TB, 7-1|
|9/21/21||Rays||Blue Jays||TOR, 4-2|
|9/20/21||Rays||Blue Jays||TB, 6-4|
|9/15/21||Blue Jays||Rays||TOR, 6-3|
|9/14/21||Blue Jays||Rangers||TB, 2-0|
|9/13/21||Blue Jays||Rangers||TOR, 8-1|
Rays vs Blue Jays Prediction
The play here is to fade Berrios, especially factoring his recent run of poor pitching and career-long struggles against the Rays.
Pick: Rays ML (+115)
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