Paul Rutherford, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Sam Gaviglio
Betting odds: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays
- Over/Under: 8.5
- First Pitch: 7:07 p.m. ET
- Probable Pitchers: Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.49 ERA) vs. Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.25 ERA)
Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record: 96-68-4, +20.9 units
Yesterday’s Result: Angels-Athletics Under 8.5, Peña vs. Anderson (loss)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit
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There’s one team making things a little bit more interesting in the American League wild-card picture and that’s the Rays, who are an MLB-best 31-13 since the beginning of the August to propel them within 5.5 games of a playoff spot.
A lot of their success can be attributed to their pitching and their “bullpen game” strategy. That’s what we’ll be leaning on in this series opener from Rogers Centre.
Stanek will be leading the charge this evening on behalf of Tampa’s relief corps, and that’s a good thing considering his track record serving as “the opener.” Stanek has made 26 “starts” to date, pitching no more than two innings in all, and in 21 of these assignments, he’s kept the opponent off the scoreboard.