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    Yandy Diaz leads the Tampa Bay Rays (36-15) into a matchup with Bo Bichette and the Toronto Blue Jays (26-24) on Thursday at 1:10 PM ET at Tropicana Field. Diaz is batting .322, the sixth-best batting average in the majors, for the favored Rays (-143), and Bichette ranks fifth in MLB play with a .327 batting average this season for the underdog Blue Jays (+121). Zach Eflin gets the starting nod for Tampa Bay, and Alek Manoah is Toronto’s choice to start.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Rays vs. Blue Jays

    • Game Day: Thursday, May 25, 2023
    • Game Time: 1:10 PM ET
    • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Stadium: Tropicana Field
    Rays vs Blue Jays Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Rays -143 8.5

    How Do I Watch the Rays vs. the Blue Jays?

    • TV Channel: MLB Network

    Rays Stats & Trends

    Rays Batting

    • The Tampa Bay Rays have hit a league-leading 97 home runs, averaging 1.9 per game.
    • Tampa Bay’s .271 batting average leads MLB.
    • The Rays have a league-high .346 on-base percentage.
    • Tampa Bay’s 8.3 strikeouts per game rank 16th in MLB.
    • The Rays have hit 49 homers at home this season (1.8 per game).
    • Tampa Bay has a .494 slugging percentage and is averaging 3.9 extra-base hits per game at home.
    • The club averages 8.3 hits per game and is batting .260 at home this season.

    Rays Key Batters

    • Randy Arozarena is hitting .305 with seven doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 26 walks. He has an on-base percentage of .408 and a slugging percentage of .542.
    • Among all qualified hitters in baseball, he ranks 10th in batting average, seventh in on-base percentage, and 11th in slugging.
    • Wander Franco has hit seven homers this season while driving in 26 runs. He’s batting .286 this season and slugging .480 with an on-base percentage of .347.
    • He ranks 37th in batting average, 54th in on-base percentage and 46th in slugging in MLB.
    • Diaz leads his team in OBP (.425) and total hits (49) this season.
    • Josh Lowe has been key for Tampa Bay with 43 hits, an OBP of .362 plus a slugging percentage of .614.

    Blue Jays Stats & Trends

    Blue Jays Batting

    • The Blue Jays rank 14th in Major League Baseball with 57 home runs.
    • Toronto ranks third in MLB with a .265 team batting average.
    • The Blue Jays have an OBP of .333 this season, which ranks fifth in MLB.
    • Toronto has shown good bat-to-ball skills at the plate this season with the eighth-best strikeout rate (8.1 per game) among MLB offenses.
    • In 28 games on the road this season, they’ve hit 37 homers, an average of 1.3 per contest.
    • Toronto is slugging .442 in 28 road games this season.
    • In 28 road games this season, they have a batting average of .269 while averaging 9.6 base hits per contest.

    Blue Jays Key Batters

    • Bichette has a slugging percentage of .505, a team-high for the Blue Jays. He’s batting .327 with an on-base percentage of .366.
    • He is fifth in batting average, 33rd in on-base percentage and 29th in slugging percentage among all qualifying hitters in the big leagues.
    • Bichette heads into this matchup on a four-game hitting streak. In his last five games he is batting .375 with a double.
    • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has 12 doubles, eight home runs and 18 walks while batting .301. He’s slugging .497 with an on-base percentage of .370.
    • He is 13th in batting average, 28th in on-base percentage and 35th in slugging percentage in MLB.
    • Matt Chapman has put up a team-high OBP (.379), while leading the Blue Jays in hits (56).
    • George Springer has two doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 18 walks while batting .245.

    Rays vs. Blue Jays Probable Pitchers

    Zach Eflin (TB) Pitcher Alek Manoah (TOR)
    6 – 1 W/L 1 – 4
    47 IP 50.2
    3.45 ERA 5.15
    1.000 WHIP 1.737
    10.0 K/9 7.1
    1.0 BB/9 5.9

    Rays vs. Blue Jays Injury Updates

    • Rays: Zack Littell: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Tyler Glasnow: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Drew Rasmussen: 60 Day IL (Flexor strain), Jeffrey Springs: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Garrett Cleavinger: 60 Day IL (Knee), Shane Baz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Shawn Armstrong: 60 Day IL (Neck), Andrew Kittredge: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Brandon Lowe: day-to-day (Neck)
    • Blue Jays: Santiago Espinal: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Zach Pop: 15 Day IL (Hamstring), Mitchell White: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Chad Green: 60 Day IL (Undisclosed), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Danny Jansen: day-to-day (Groin)

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