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Rays vs. Blue Jays odds, prediction, line: 2022 MLB picks, Saturday, July 2 best bets from proven model

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The Tampa Bay Rays look to right the ship on Saturday afternoon. Tampa Bay is on a four-game losing streak, including a series-opening loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. The Rays will bring a 40-36 record into the rematch in the first game of a doubleheader at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays are 44-33 this season and excelling in Toronto.

First pitch is at 12:07 p.m. ET in Toronto. Toronto is listed as the -140 favorite (risk $140 to win $100) on the money line, while the over-under, or total number of runs Vegas thinks will be scored, is seven in the latest Rays vs. Blue Jays odds. Before making any Blue Jays vs. Rays picks, be sure to check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times and it is off to a strong start to the 2022 season. It’s on a 59-51 run on top-rated MLB money-line picks through 12 weeks. This is the same model that pegged the 2021 Atlanta Braves as one of three best bets to win it all last season at +1000. Anybody who has followed it has seen profitable returns.

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Now, the model has set its sights on Rays vs. Blue Jays, and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Blue Jays vs. Rays:

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  • Rays vs. Blue Jays money line: Blue Jays -140, Rays +120
  • Rays vs. Blue Jays over-under: 7 runs
  • Rays vs. Blue Jays run line: Blue Jays -1.5 (+150)
  • TB: The Rays are 15-19 in road games
  • TOR: The Blue Jays are 25-15 in home games
  • Rays vs. Blue Jays picks: See picks here

Why you should back the Rays

The Rays do have offensive strengths, including impressive team speed that helps to produce top-tier marks in stolen bases and triples. However, Tampa Bay’s most encouraging projection for Saturday afternoon’s game is starting pitcher Shane McClanahan. The 25-year-old southpaw is enjoying arguably the best season of any starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. He leads the American League with a 1.77 ERA, including a sterling 1.07 ERA in his last nine outings. McClanahan also sets the pace of the league with 123 strikeouts and 7.69 strikeouts for every walk issued. 

He maintains a league-leading 0.832 WHIP, and opponents have a .524 OPS against McClanahan this season. On the road, he maintains a 1.48 ERA, and Tampa Bay also deploys a strong bullpen behind him. The Rays are in the top five of the American League with a 3.29 bullpen ERA, while the Blue Jays rank near the bottom of the league with a 4.30 bullpen ERA in 2022.

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Why you should back the Blue Jays

Toronto’s offense is soundly superior to Tampa Bay’s offense during the 2022 season. In fact, the Blue Jays currently lead the American League with a .327 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage. Toronto is also No. 2 in the AL with a .258 batting average, with impressive counting stats to boot. The Blue Jays have scored 370 runs, a top-three mark in the AL, and Toronto ranks in the top three with 102 home runs and 154 doubles. 

Toronto, which will start Kevin Gausman (6-6, 2.93 ERA) on the hill, also maintains top-tier marks in hits (676) and strikeout rate (20.7 percent), with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. providing an individual boost in the middle of the order. The 23-year-old All-Star and Silver Slugger winner blasted 48 home runs in 2021, and Guerrero Jr. has 18 home runs already this season. Even with a relatively quiet start by his lofty standards, he maintains a .488 slugging percentage, and Tampa Bay’s offense ranks below the American League average in runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs and myriad additional categories.

How to make Rays vs. Blue Jays picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 8.9 combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model’s MLB picks at SportsLine.

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So who wins Blue Jays vs. Rays? And which side has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its MLB picks, and find out.

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