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MLB Picks: Aug 02

By Adam Ortega

Toronto Blue Jays -135 vs. Tampa Bay Rays:

We head out to Tampa, Florida, as the Rays host the Toronto Blue Jays on the first Tuesday evening in August. The Blue Jays and the Rays are in a tight battle for second, trying to keep up with the division-leading Yankees. This close race for second adds another layer of importance for both teams trying to make the playoffs.

For the Blue Jays, they will be sending Kevin Gausman to the mound (7-8, 3.30 ERA, 1.32 WHIP). Gausman will aim to have the Ray's swinging at air on Tuesday evening. The one thing that stands out for Gausman in his statistics is his number of strikeouts this season (122 strikeouts).

The Rays will rely on right-handed pitcher Drew Rasmussen (6-3, 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) to quell the bats of the Blue Jays. Although Rasmussen's numbers look better on paper, his strikeouts (70) this season aren't near that of his counterpart in this game.

One of my favourite players in the MLB has to be Ray's left fielder Randy Arozarena. Although his home runs (12) don't jump off the page, his RBI's (47) do. Seeming to always come up golden in clutch situations also goes unnoticed. Look for him to have an impact against the Blue Jays.

For the Blue Jays, a player that doesn't jump out and catch eyes based on his physical build is Bo Bichette. However, based on his numbers, Bichette is a crucial player at shortstop. His numbers include 14 home runs, 55 RBI's, and a batting average of .259. One of my favourite things about Bichette is that he is a team-first player. Team chemistry can pay enormous dividends for the Blue Jays as they push toward the October playoffs.

On Tuesday, look at the hard-hitting Blue Jays in this spot. Gausman should be dealing some heat for the Jays to give his team enough push to get a big win on the road in Tampa Bay. Best of luck on your wagers, and thanks for reading.

PICK: Toronto Blue Jays ML (-135) at DraftKings Sportsbook

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