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Rays vs. Blue Jays -142:

By Adam Ortega

Toronto, Canada, plays host to a critical series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays. This particular series has significant implications on the standings in the American League East Division. Presently the Rays and the Blue Jays are neck and neck, fighting to maintain control of second place. Additionally, both teams are attempting to advance their placement in the standings as they see the Yankees sitting atop the division.

The Tampa Bay Rays will send Shane McClanahan (11-5, 2.20 ERA, 0.86) to the mound to secure a victory on Thursday afternoon. Statistically speaking, McClanahan has had great success that has helped the Rays become a postseason threat. Some of the bats McClanahan will be facing will provide him with a stiff challenge. In particular, George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero, and Bo Bichette are hitters that will give a pitcher nightmares.

The Blue Jays will send Kevin Gausman (12-9, 3.31 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) to toe the rubber on Thursday afternoon. Gausman's last five games have gone well, posting four wins and one loss. One key player determining whether Gausman comes away with a win is how he attacks Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (10 HR, 50 RBI's), who always makes for a tough out. Additionally, batting behind Choi is Manuel Margot (39 RBI's, .300 AVG), who makes the middle-of-the-line batting lineup for the Rays a dangerous one.

Although betting on the Blue Jays means you have to lay some juice, this is a spot in which I have no problem doing so. A hot-hitting team in the Blue Jays should provide enough resistance for them to come away with a nice victory Thursday afternoon in Canada.

One final piece of advice in MLB betting is to keep an eye on who is still in playoff contention. It's important to know what teams are still invested in this season before laying your hard-earned money on them.

Thank you for your continued support, and best of luck!

PICK: Blue Jays -142 (FanDuel Sportsbook)

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