MLB Picks: Rays vs. Blue Jays

  • Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
  • Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: TBS

The race for the American League East title has not been decided. The New York Yankees have a 5.5 game lead over the second-place Tampa Bay Rays. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays are right behind the Rays in the AL East standings, six games behind the Yankees. Tampa Bay and Toronto are currently in the midst of a five-game series, which takes place at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The teams split the first two games of that series with Tampa Bay winning 3-2 on Monday and Toronto winning 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

With the expansion of the playoffs this season, the Rays and Blue Jays are in the mix for the AL Wild Card, but the Baltimore Orioles or perhaps the Chicago White Sox could still take those postseason spots from them. In short, every game that remains in the 2022 MLB season is important.

Before we look at the September 14, 2022, matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays, check out our 2022 World Series Betting Guide, as well as the best sites for betting on MLB in 2022. 

Rays vs. Blue Jays picks

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Rays vs. Blue Jays pitching

Drew Rasmussen gets the start for the Tampa Bay Rays. The 27-year-old is coming off a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on September 9. Rasmussen threw six scoreless innings in that game. He gave up six hits and struck out 10 on 94 pitches. The right-hander has started a career-high 24 games this season. His record is 10-4 with an ERA of 2.57. Rasmussen has put in 122 innings of work on the season and has 113 strikeouts.

Toronto has Ross Stripling as its starting pitcher. The 32-year-old is coming off a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday. Stripling threw six innings and gave up three hits for two earned runs, including one home run. The right-hander had four strikeouts. Stripling is in his third year with the Blue Jays. He has started 20 games this season. He has a record of 7-4 with an ERA of 3.03 and 98 strikeouts on 113 innings pitched.

The Rays have the pitching advantage in Wednesday’s game.

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Rays vs. Blue Jays hitting

The Rays are not a high-scoring team. They are in the middle of the pack when it comes to runs scored this year at 592, which gives them 66 fewer runs than the Blue Jays on the season. Yandy Diaz leads the team with an average of .296. Randy Arozarena leads Tampa Bay with 19 home runs, 78 RBI’s and 138 hits.

Toronto’s hitting is better and more balanced than Tampa’s. Alejandro Kirk has the best average on the team at .293. The home run leader for Toronto is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with 27. Meanwhile, Bo Bichette leads the team in hits with 161 and RBI’s with 87.

The Blue Jays have the hitting advantage.

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Rays vs. Blue Jays

This game will probably come down to the pitching and with the Rays having the advantage in that situation. I’m going with Tampa Bay in this game.

Pick: Tampa Bay Rays to defeat Toronto Blue Jays on September 14, 2022.

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