Blue Jays vs. Rays prediction and odds for Wednesday, May 24
By Reed Wallach
The Rays rarely lose this season, and the MLB's best team definitely hasn't lost big like they did on Tuesday, 20-1 to the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays look to keep it rolling against the Rays on Wednesday against AL Cy Young contender Shane McClanahan. McClanahan, a lefty, will face off against Blue Jays southpaw Yusei Kikuchi, but both can be in trouble against two offenses that crush left handed pitching.
Here are the odds for Wednesday's AL East matchup:
Blue Jays vs. Rays odds, run line and total
Blue Jays vs. Rays prediction and pick
McClanahan has been lights out this season, but I expect him to take a step back in the near future. He has a 2.05 ERA and a 7-0 record for the best team in baseball, but his walk rate is touching four per nine innings (more than one higher than his previous two big league seasons) and his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) of 3.58, meaning that he has benefitted from some help in the field.
However, the Jays are capable of tagging left handed pitchers, hitting .267 against southpaws, ranking 11th in batting average and on-base percentage. If McClanahan is going to give out free bases, the Blue Jays will take them and make Tampa Bay pay.
However, the Rays offense is hitting over .300 against lefty pitching this season and with Tampa Bay's power can touch up Kikuchi a bunch considering he has allowed more than two home runs per nine innings. In his last two starts, he has allowed four home runs. This can be a tough outing for the Jays starter.
I want nothing to do with the winner of this one, but both offenses should tee off on opposing pitching. I'll take the over on Wednesday.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.