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GDB 14.0: Toronto Blue Jays open tough series against Tampa Bay Rays

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Zach Laing
1 month ago
We’re about to see what the Toronto Blue Jays are made of.
And to be honest, we’re in tough here folks. The Tampa Bay Rays have been absolutely on fire to start this season going a staggering 13-0. The Jays, meanwhile, have had an up-and-down start to the year, to say the least.
The truth of the matter is this season is still very young. Hell, we’re barely two weeks into the start of the regular season and still have … *checks notes* … 168 games to go. Yeah, lots of time left.
That being said, you always want to win these inter-division matchups. The Rays are red hot right now, however. They’ve had one of the best starts to a season in MLB history and a +71 run differential.
I mean… yeah, crazy stuff here. Jose Berrios will be in tough today as he looks to find his game and I have a hard time thinking that will start today.
First pitch: 7:07 p.m. EST
Weather: 26C. 15 KMH SE winds. (RotoGrinders)
The teams: 
Toronto Blue Jays: 8-5, 5.0 GB, +0.5 WCGB. +1 DIFF, 5.23 R/G.
Tampa Bay Rays: 13-0, – GB, – WCGB. +71 DIFF, 7.77 R/G.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR +110; TBR -128.
O/U: 9.5 — o9.5 +105; u9.5 -128.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Jose Berrios RHP — 0-2, 11.17 ERA, 1.862 WHIP, 11.2 K9, -0.6 bWAR.
TBR: Drew Rasmussen RHP — 0-2, 0.00 ERA, 0.231 WHIP, 10.4 K9, 0.7 bWAR.
Lineups: 
TBA
GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Jays struggle and fall in game one of the series.

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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