Game #111 Lineups and Outlook
After taking care of business against the Minnesota Twins the Rays now turn their sights on the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays are hot as they’re battling for the division lead with the Orioles and Red Sox. Unlike those other teams I don’t mind losing the Jays in a year like this. I’d like to see them do well so this should be a fine chance for them to do that.
The gamblers think Toronto is a healthy favorite, but the model really likes them for a couple of reasons. If Rays starter Jake Odorizzi has a weakness it is that he can struggle to put away righties at times. He’ll be tasked with some of the best right-handed hitters in the game at the top of the lineup. All of those guys can hit for both average and power, and with the exception of Travis, also show the discipline to work walks if they don’t get anything that they like.
As we know when facing Dickey it could either be a quick game or a short one for him. If the knuckler is on he’s pretty tough to beat, but if it’s floating on him then it’s going to get hit. As a total wild card he is probably the sole reason for the depressed line, but I still think betting the Jays is a solid play today.
The Rays have some power on the bench, but only the two non-catchers as they’re rolling with the extra arm. The Blue Jays will only use three with the extra arm in their new six-man rotation. Smoak can hit a righty, but that’s about it.