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Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/21/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/21/2020 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Toronto Blue Jays will be stamping over bases against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 6:40 PM ET. Toronto comes into this match-up after winning four straight games. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is trying to stay hot after winning 9 of their last 10 contests. The Toronto Blue Jays, with a 12-11 standing and a .522 team percentage, are in 3rd place in the AL East Division and are in 8th place in the American League. The Tampa Bay Rays are in 2nd place behind the Athletics in the American League, with a 17-9 standing and .654 in the series. The Rays are in 1st place in the AL East Division.

Toronto has won six of their last eight contests when scoring more than four runs. Teoscar Hernandez scored 26 hits and 16 RBIs in leading the Blue Jays. Bo Bichette and Randal Grichuk contributed a combined 44 hits and 28 RBIs for Toronto. Thirty-three year old Matt Shoemaker (0-1 with a 5.23 ERA) will be climbing up the hill to start this game. The right-handed pitcher recorded 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career in pitching against the Devil Rays.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 8/21/2020

Tampa Bay completed their three-game sweep over the NY Yankees, Thursday night. Leading the Rays in that victory is Brandon Lowe (29 hits, 23 RBI). Yandy Diaz and Willy Adames added a combined 46 hits and 14 RBIs in that victory. Twenty-eight year old Ryan Yarbrough (0-2, 4.13 ERA & 15 Ks) will be stepping on the mound for the start.

The Blue Jays reported 8 key players injured in their roster. Starting Pitchers Nate Pearson and Trent Thornton (both with an injured elbow), with Relief Pitchers Yennsy Diaz (lat), Elvis Luciano (undisclosed status), and Ken Giles (forearm) will not be pitching today. Shortstop Bo Bichette (knee), Right Fielder Derek Fisher (quadriceps), and Designated Hitter Rowdy Tellez (head) will not be on the field tonight. The Devil Rays have 6 key pitchers injured in tonight’s contest. Starting Pitchers Yonny Chirinos (elbow) and Charlie Morton (shoulder), with Relief Pitchers Jose Alvarado (shoulder), Colin Poche (elbow), Oliver Drake (biceps), and Andrew Kittredge (elbow) will not be climbing up the hill tonight.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB pick for this contest is the Toronto Blue Jays -165. Toronto is 5-0 SU in their last 5 outings, and 1-6 SU in their last 7 contests when playing on the road against the Rays. The totals went UNDER in 10 of the Blue Jays’ last 14 games when playing as the underdog. Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in their last 5 contests, and 6-1 SU in their last 7 outings when playing at home against Toronto. The totals went OVER in 6 of the Devil Rays’ last 8 match-ups against an opponent in the American League. The prediction, pick Toronto -165 at 4-3.

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Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/21/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 6:40 PM ET

Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL

Date: Friday, August 21, 2020

TV: SUN, RSN

MLB Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -165

MLB Totals: 8.5

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