Betting Pick: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Betting Pick: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Bulk reliever is still a novelty position in baseball, one created last year when the Tampa Bay Rays began experimenting an opener. In some ways, then, it is not surprising that Ryan Yarbrough — the pitcher who coined the term — is one of the most effective bulk relievers in the majors heading into Tuesday night’s contest against the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Blue Jays rookie Trent Thornton (4-7, 5.23 ERA) picked up his first win since the All-Star break after beating the Baltimore Orioles for the second time in four starts last time out.

Thornton yielded one run and five hits over six innings Thursday when Baltimore pulled away for an 11-2 victory. This will be the rookie’s fourth straight road start, and he has recorded quality outings on back-to-back occasions just once outside Toronto — on June 16 and 21 at Houston and Boston, respectively.

Yarbrough (10-3, 4.01) is on schedule to pitch in this game, but the Rays have no official probable starter listed. The expectation is Andrew Kittredge (1-0, 2.52) will be the opener since he throws harder than Yarbrough, who can then keep hitters off-balance with his array of off-speed pitches.

That is a continuation of Yarbrough thriving in the role against Toronto — he is 5-0 with a 0.86 ERA in six appearances spanning 21 innings. Yarbrough has held Blue Jays hitters to a .162 batting average and 12 hits.

 

My free pick goes to Toronto -155

 

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