MLB Odds: Rays vs Jays MLB Picks – June 1st, 2010: American League East rivals Tampa Bay and Toronto continue their series this evening with a game two dust up at the Rogers Centre. Toronto got a 3-2 series opening win last night and will look to take the three game set with Brain Tallet on the hill tonight. Frist pitch is scheduled for 7:07pm ET. MLB Picks at Sportsbook.com have the Rays listed as a -143 moneyline favorite; the game total is set at nine with the Over drawing -120 odds.
The Jays scored just three runs on 11 hits in yesterday's victory, but their inefficiency at plating runners did not come back to bite them thanks to a great performance from Brandon Morrow. The starting pitcher, whose ERA is 6.00 on the year, held Tampa Bay to just three hits and one earned run in seven innings of work.
Morrow's outing helped Toronto to improve to 31-22 on the year and draw within 3.5 games of the first place Rays in the division standings.
Starting tonight for the Jays is left-handed hurler Brian Tallet. Tallet, who is making his first start since April 17th due to a forearm injury, is 1-1 in three appearances this season with a 6.11 ERA. The 32 year old went 7-9 for Toronto last year with a 5.32 ERA.
Tampa Bay fell to 34-18 with yesterday's setback, but they still have a 2.5 game lead on the Yankees in the AL East. The road loss was just the sixth of the season for the Rays, which have won 19 of their 25 away outings.
Tampa Bay will counter Tallet with 27 year old Jeff Niemann. Niemann is 5-0 in 10 starts with a 2.37 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. The Rays have won eight of his 10 appearances this year, including a 5-0 mark in his last five outings. Niemann is 4-0 in five road starts this season with a 2.29 ERA and .208 batting average against.
MLB Picks Betting Trend: The Rays are 6-3 and the Under is 7-1-1 when the team has played as a road favorite against a left handed pitcher with a moneyline spread between 140 and 160.
Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (+100), Over 9 (-120), -143 (Moneyline)
Toronto Blue Jays +1.5 (-120), Under 9 (+100), +133 (Moneyline)
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