Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays 5-22-2023

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/22/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/22/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Toronto Blue Jays are back on the road heading to Florida to open a four-game series on the road versus the AL East Division rival and the league’s best team, Tampa Bay Rays, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday evening.


Toronto dropped to 25-22 overall after four straight losses with a 12-13 road record and remained dead last in the AL East with 8.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the first place.


The Blue Jays lost six of the previous seven contests, including a series sweep to the Baltimore Orioles following a 3-8 home loss in 11 action frames.


On Sunday, Toronto drove in 12 hits but scored just three runs, while Relief Pitcher Yimi Garcia (1-2, 5.82 ERA) took the loss for Toronto with four earned runs allowed and struck out one hitter in 0.2 lP in relief.


Shortstop Bo Bichette batted an average of .313 with nine home runs, 30 batted in, and 61 hits, leading the Blue Jays in those categories.


Third Baseman Matt Chapman chipped in a team-high on-base percentage at .380, while Toronto recorded a team batting average of .256 and a slugging percentage of .406.


The Toronto Blue Jays will assign righty Chris Bassitt to start the series opener on Monday.


The right-handed starter is 5-2 on the season with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.02 WHlP, and 48 strikeouts while giving away 34 hits, 23 free bases, and six homers in pitching for 56.0 frames of work. 


Toronto owns a slugging percentage of .406 and has been called out on strikes 374 times while taking a walk on 156 occasions.


They have tallied 198 RBIs and 408 hits on the campaign, while their average at the plate is at .256. The Blue Jays have earned 88 doubles as a squad and have knocked 49 baseballs out of the park.


They have racked up 211 runs and have an OBP of .327. The Toronto Blue Jays score 4.6 runs per outing, 13th in MLB as a team.


The totals went OVER in 13 of Toronto’s last 20 outings, while the Blue Jays are 1-6 SU in their last seven matches.


The Toronto Blue Jays are 4-1 straight up in their last five contests against Tampa Bay, while the totals went OVER in 7 of the Blue Jays’ last nine road games. 


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Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 5/22/2023


The Tampa Bay Rays will continue their dominance at home but will try to bounce back from their recent loss when hosting the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.


Tampa Bay dropped to 34-14 overall and 15-8 at home play after losing the series finale at home to Milwaukee but remained on top of the AL East with 2.5 games ahead of Baltimore in second place.


The Rays enter this four-game home series after losing three of the last five contests, including a 4-6 loss at home versus the Brewers.


On Sunday, Right Fielder Josh Lowe finished a three-run home run with three hits and four runs batted in, leading Tampa Bay, who earned its 91 home runs that ranked first in the major league.


First Baseman Yandy Diaz powered the offense for the Rays with a batting average of .333, 11 home runs, and an on-base percentage of .436. Left Fielder Randy Arozarena led Tampa Bay with 36 runs batted in and 51 hits this season.


The Tampa Bay Rays management will counter with right-hander Trevor Kelly to start the opener of a four-game series on Monday night.


The right-handed starter is 0-1 on the year with a 7.50 ERA, a 1.33 WHlP, and two strikeouts while conceding six hits, two bases on balls, and two home runs in pitching for 6.0 innings in his starts.  


The totals went OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last ten contests, while the Rays are 16-4 SU in their last 20 home matches.


The totals went UNDER in 12 of Tampa Bay’s last 17 outings when playing at home against Toronto and also went OVER in 4 of the Rays’ last five games played versus a rival from the American League.


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB Pick for this contest is Tampa Bay -125. The Blue Jays struggled after losing four consecutive games, while the Rays just won a series against the Brewers last time out.


Tampa Bay will take control of this match-up at home with a 21-4 record, while Toronto had difficulty winning road outings with a 12-13 record. The prediction: Tampa Bay Rays will win 4-2. 


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Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/22/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 6:40 PM ET


Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida


Date: Monday, May 22, 2023




MLB Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay Rays -125


MLB Totals: 8.5


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