There isn’t much room for error, but the Toronto Blue Jays (64-49, +0.46 betting units) are on the right track. They’re in good shape to earn at least a Wild Card berth in the American League playoffs; this Wednesday, the Jays can pick up another win at the expense of the last-place Tampa Bay Rays (45-66, –27.97 units), beginning at 7:07 PM ET on Sportsnet.
The Jays opened this three-game series with a bang Monday night, beating Tampa Bay 7-5 as –155 home favourites. JA Happ (3.83 FIP) is scheduled to start the finale for Toronto. Happ has been a pleasant surprise for the Jays, picking up 10.79 units on a team record of 17-5. That includes 10 straight wins dating back to early June. Getting 6.36 runs per game in support has helped. So has Happ’s .271 BABIP.
Blake Snell (3.04 FIP) will twirl for Tampa in this lefty-on-lefty matchup. Snell has been outstanding for the Rays in his rookie campaign, but his teammates are letting him down; Tampa Bay is 3-7 in Snell’s 10 starts for a loss of 4.43 units, scoring just 4.10 runs per game. This will be his first-ever appearance against the Blue Jays.