Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 7-2-22

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 7/2/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 7/2/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Tampa Bay Rays will meet with the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB Game 2 action in Rogers Center, CAN, on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 6:07 PM ET.

 

Tampa Bay entered Friday having dropped their previous three games after being defeated in the first match of this series on Thursday night.

 

The Rays were 15 matches behind the Yankees in the fight for the AL East lead as of Friday. They and the Guardians shared the third and final AL wild-card slot as of Friday.

 

Yandy Diaz had two hits for Tampa Bay in the first game on Thursday, but Isaac Paredes continued his current hot streak by launching his 11th home run of the year in the team’s defeat.

 

In this game, Rasmussen makes his sixth appearance and fourth start against the Blue Jays. He enters the game with a 1-0 record, a 1.53 ERA, a 0.736 WHIP, nine strikeouts, 3 walks, and 17.2 innings pitched.

 

On September 14, 2021, Rasmussen made his lone career start at Rogers Center and took the victory. In a 2-0 Rays victory, he pitched five innings, giving up no runs on two hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

 

  • The Tampa Bay Rays are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches. 
  • The Rays are 1-7 SU in their last 8 matches on the road. 
  • Tampa Bay is 2-6 SU in their last 8 matches on the road against Toronto.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 Predictions 7/2/2022

 

As they captured the first game of this series on Thursday night, Toronto became the third team in four matches to triumph. The Blue Jays were 12.5 games down of the Yankees in the AL East heading into Friday, tied for second place.

 

For the top two American League wild-card berths, they are tied with Boston. Teoscar Hernandez (run, two RBI) got three hits on Thursday, while Santiago Espinal (run, two RBI) added two more.

 

Castillo takes on the Rays for the first time in the third start of his career and first start in the major league. His lone outing at Rogers Centre happened on June 19 against the Yankees in Toronto’s 10-9 win. He gave up two runs on two hits, no walks, and one strikeout in an inning of work.

 

Prior to getting called up, Castillo had two trips to the minors, pitching for Double-A New Hampshire of the Eastern League in six appearances. He went 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA, a 1.207 WHIP, 14 walks, and 35 strikeouts over 29 innings.

 

  • The total went OVER in 15 of Toronto’s last 18 matches. 
  • The Toronto Blue Jays are 4-1 SU in their previous 5 matches. 
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 matches against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays. The MLB pick for this game is the Toronto Blue Jays. As the All-Star break approaches, this is a matchup between teams going in opposing directions.

 

The Rays had trouble putting wins in the victory column in large part because of their struggles at the plate. Should Rasmussen be able to pitch here, he’ll probably be limited in how many pitches he throws because he’s still healing from a hamstring issue.

 

Castillo’s previous start saw Toronto utilize his bullpen well, and the Blue Jays have a history of producing offensively skewed results. Particularly when competing at home, the Blue Jays are a dangerous squad.

 

It was difficult for Tampa Bay’s hitters to keep up, and it is currently impossible to slow Toronto down. In this game, give the Blue Jays the advantage. The Toronto Blue Jays will win to a predicted score of 7-2.

 

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MLB Starting Time: 6:07 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Rogers Center, CAN

 

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2022

 

TV: BSUN

 

MLB Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -124

 

MLB Totals: 8.5

 

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