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Toronto vs Tampa Bay: Blue Jays Begin AL Pennant Push

Toronto vs Tampa Bay: Blue Jays Begin AL Pennant Push

Toronto Blue Jays: Eyeing MLB 2015 AL Pennant

Understanding the need to celebrate, and given how horrible the weather was in Baltimore, one can’t blame Toronto for partying and resting their stars after capturing their first AL East Pennant in 22 years. That said, the Jays lost valuable ground by sitting their regulars during two loses to the Orioles as Kansas City has won three straight and they are now tied with Toronto with an identical 92-67 record. The Royals head to Minnesota to close out their season against the Twins who still have playoff aspirations in the AL Wild Card race. While it may not matter where they play during the postseason, the Blue Jays 53-28 home record is far better than the 39-39 mark they have posted on the road.

Tampa Bay Rays: Reduced to a spoiler role to close out their season

It's a tall order but Tampa Bay can finish with a level 81-81 record if the Rays sweep the Blue Jays to close out their season. Tampa Bay has battled Toronto tough at times this year as the season series is tied at eight wins apiece. That said, Toronto has won seven of the last nine meetings - including a three game sweep in Toronto last weekend. The Rays are fresh off a sweep over Miami as they won three straight against the lowly Marlins by a 14-7 margin. While we don’t expect Tampa Bay will rollover and tank, the light-hitting Rays will have trouble keeping up with Toronto in this contest tonight.

Tampa Bay vs Toronto MLB Prediction: We get a middling matchup on the mound as LHP Mark Buehrle (14-7 ERA 3.76) faces Erasmo Ramirez (11-6 ERA 3.65) in this contest tonight. Buehrle has struggled some this season against the Rays as he has allowed twelve runs over 17.2 innings pitched during three starts. Ramirez had a solid September as he allowed 12 twelve runs over 30.2 innings pitched during five starts – though Tampa Bay was just 1-4 in those contests. Back the Blue Jays with a 500 unit wager on the money lines price posted at the BetOnline.com sportsbook.

BetOnline Sportsbook MLB Betting Odds – Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays

BetOnline Sportsbook MLB Betting Odds – Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays

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