Toronto extended its winning streak to 11 and hopes to add another victory as the team travels to Florida for a match against Tampa Bay. The hosts fell to the last place in the Eastern division but could leapfrog the Blue Jays if they win the opening game at Tropicana Field.
Bet: Tampa Bay
Odds: Winner Sports 1.85
As starting pitchers go, Tampa Bay’s are struggling and most of its starters have posted disappointing earned-run averages. Jeremy Helickson enjoyed a surprisingly high support from his offensive teammates and somehow got away with five victories in eight games despite an ERA of 5.50. He will need to step up his efforts against the Blue Jays if he is to win another decision, because the visitors are on an offensive roll and have scored an average of 7 runs in the last six games.
Esmil Rogers will take the mound for the visitors after winning three of his five outings and his ERA of 3.14 is encouraging in the wake of a match against the Rays. His most recent start was a lopsided victory over Colorado, but his teammates deserve most of the credit as Toronto scored eight runs to defeat the Rockies. The head to head record favors Tampa Bay, but if the hosts are to extend their streak they will need to take and consolidate an early lead, to avoid a meltdown when the bullpen kicks in.
It is always difficult to go against a team who has won 11 games in a row, but Tampa Bay can bring this winning streak to a screeching halt. Winner Sports offers the best odds out there at 1.85 for a home win and a massive 2.65 for the hosts to cover a -1.5 spread.