Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Picks and Predictions May 19th 2024

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays MLB Sun, May 19, 13:37 pm.
Toronto Blue Jays
ML: -115
5
2
Tampa Bay Rays
ML: -105

Rays Eye Sweep Against Blue Jays in Series Finale

The Tampa Bay Rays are poised to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays, riding high on their winning momentum and resilience. With right-hander Aaron Civale set to start, the Rays aim to extend their four-game winning streak and capitalize on their improved form.

Dramatic Comeback Win

The Rays pulled off an impressive comeback on Saturday, overcoming a 4-0 deficit to clinch a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays. This win marked their fourth straight victory. Jonny DeLuca’s two-run homer in the eighth inning was the game-changer.

Manager and Player Insights

Rays manager Kevin Cash praised the team’s determination, calling the win a testament to their true capabilities. Yandy Diaz, who reached base five times, emphasized the team’s potential, while Zach Eflin highlighted their collective resilience.

Key Contributions

  • Jonny DeLuca: His eighth-inning two-run homer gave the Rays the lead.
  • Yandy Diaz: Reached base five times with three singles and two walks.
  • Isaac Paredes: Extended his on-base streak to 17 games with two hits.

Pitching Matchups

Aaron Civale

Aaron Civale (2-3, 5.83 ERA) will start for the Rays. Despite a strong performance in his last outing against the Blue Jays, Civale needs to maintain consistency to help secure the sweep.

Alek Manoah

Alek Manoah (0-1, 4.91 ERA) will start for the Blue Jays. Returning from a shoulder issue, Manoah aims to regain his form and prevent a sweep. He has a decent track record against the Rays.

Blue Jays’ Struggles

The Blue Jays have been struggling, with a 3-7 record in their last 10 games. Despite solid individual performances from players like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and George Springer, timely hitting has been an issue. Kevin Gausman believes the team is playing better despite the losses.

Lineup Adjustments

In a strategic move, George Springer batted sixth for the first time this season, with Davis Schneider leading off. This indicates some lineup adjustments by manager John Schneider.

Series Implications

A sweep would reinforce the Rays’ improved form and extend their winning streak. For the Blue Jays, avoiding a sixth straight loss is crucial to regaining momentum.

Conclusion

The Tampa Bay Rays, buoyed by key contributions and resilient performances, are well-positioned to complete a sweep against the struggling Toronto Blue Jays. With crucial division implications, the series finale promises to be a pivotal game for both teams.

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Sat, May 18, 18:44 pm.
spread
moneyline
over/under
Toronto Blue Jays
+1.5
-190
-115
O 8
-110
Tampa Bay Rays
-1.5
155
-105
U 8
-110
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