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Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Taylor Walls catches Toronto Blue Jays' Matt Chapman (26) attempting to steal second base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

BLUE JAYS VS RAYS AUGUST 4

Kyle Barrette

We got sold out by the Rangers. Watching the game was like watching a team that was kind of going into that going through the motions phase. Today we’re switching to two teams that are nowhere near that type of play and are going to be going at it. We’re headed to Tampa, where the Rays are hosting the Blue Jays. As these two battle it out for a potential wildcard spot, we’ll see who can come out on top in this one.

Rays:
The Rays picked up a much needed win yesterday. They had been slumping pretty badly as they were 2-8 in their last 10 before yesterday’s win. Tampa continues to deal with a bunch of injuries to key players and a lot of their pitching staff. Like all professional sports, it’s next man up for the time being. Today, the Rays are going with an opener in Beeks. Beeks has made five starts this season and has provided a solid first two innings. Beeks has improved on his previous seasons’ starts, allowing only three runs in a total of five starts. His strikeout numbers are impressive for the number of innings he has pitched. It will be interesting to see how he performs as this will be his first start since the beginning of July.

Blue Jays:
The Jays have been rolling as of late and we’re the complete opposite of these Rays prior to yesterday’s loss, as they were 8-2 over their last 10. The Jays are sending Kikuchi to the hill where the Jays are only 6-11 in his starts and Kikuchi has assembled a 4-5 record himself. Kikuchi has been up and down throughout this season, as he just worked through a mediocre stretch of starts and has had two of his last three where he has only allowed one run. One of those starts was against the Rays, where he struck out eight and only allowed four hits. The Rays are going to need more than that to beat the Jays and their high-powered offense.

Rays vs Blue Jays pick: Jays ML
The pitching is somewhat of a tossup. You are not really sure how things are going to go for the Rays and the opener route or what kind of game Kikuchi is going to spin. So I’m going with the better offense, and that is the Jays.

Same Game Parlay:
Blue Jays ML, Bo Bichette to record 2+ hits, Alek Manoah Over 5.5 K’s, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to record an RBI and Byron Buxton to record an RBI.
 

SGP Odds +5481

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