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The Toronto Blue Jays will take on the host Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening in the third contest of a four-game AL East set. The first pitch is slated for 6:10 p.m. ET from Tropicana Field. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.

This will be a pitching matchup between a pair of righties. Alex Manoah will take the mound for the Blue Jays. Drew Rasmussen is the starting pitcher for the Rays. Manoah is 14-7 with an ERA of 2.40. Rasmussen has a 10-6 record and his ERA is 2.92. 

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Heading into the matchup, the Blue Jays and Rays were tied for second in the AL East and in possession of the top two Wild Card spots. The Rays won the first game 10-5 and the second contest 10-6. 

The Blue Jays have a run differential of +66. The Blue Jays split a pair at the Philadelphia Phillies in interleague play in their prior series. 

The Rays have a run differential of +70. In their last series, the Rays were swept by the AL-best Houston Astros in three games. 

Manoah has given up 138 hits, 16 home runs, and 47 walks, while tossing 168 strikeouts in 183.2 innings. The Blue Jays are 3-2 in Manoah’s last five outings. In Manoah’s last game vs. the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 18, he allowed one earned run and four hits while throwing five strikeouts. 

Rasmussen has allowed 113 hits, 12 home runs, and 29 walks, in addition to throwing 117 strikeouts in 132.2 innings. The Rays are 3-2 in Rasmussen’s last five games. In Rasmussen’s last outing vs. the Astros on Sept. 19, he gave up four earned runs and six hits. 

Before the contests on Sept. 24, the Blue Jays ranked first in batting average (.262), third in slugging percentage (.430) and on-base percentage (.327), fourth in RBI (696), and eighth in home runs (183). Catcher Alejandro Kirk is tops for the Blue Jays in on-base percentage (.380) and batting average (.295). First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a team-high 30 home runs. Shortstop Bo Bichette leads the Blue Jays in RBI (91) and hits (175). Left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has a .291 batting average and 52 RBI. 

Prior to the games on Sept. 24, the Rays ranked 15th in batting average (.242), 18th in on-base percentage (.311), 19th in RBI (601), 22nd in slugging percentage (.381), and 25th in home runs (132). Third baseman Yandy Diaz leads the Rays in batting average (.292) and on-base percentage (.399). Left fielder Randy Arozarena is tops on the Rays in home runs (20), RBI (87), and hits (149). 

The Blue Jays took three out of five in Toronto during the last series that spanned Sept. 12-15. 

The Blue Jays are favored by 1.5 runs against the Rays. For the money line, it’s Blue Jays -105 and Rays -115. The over/under is set for six runs. 

Prior to the contest, the Blue Jays are 66-83-1 against the spread overall and 37-38 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the Blue Jays are 76-70-4 overall and 38-36-1 on the road. 

Before the game, the Rays are 72-78 against the spread overall and 37-41 against the spread at home. In terms of over/under, the Rays are 67-73-10 overall and 33-38-7 at home. 

The Blue Jays will cover the spread and earn their first victory of the series. 

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert. 

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