Blue Jays open as road favourites at Rays for Monday night

Jamie Campbell and Joe Siddall discuss Jose Berrios and Trevor Richards' performance against the Minnesota Twins and how their comfort level with the Blue Jays has led to strong outings.

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking for a third straight win when they open a three-game road series with the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night as -126 road favourites on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto took the final two games of the team's three-game weekend series with the visiting Minnesota Twins, capped by a 5-3 victory on Sunday, and has now won 18 of 22 contests going into Monday night's matchup with Robbie Ray slated to pitch at Tropicana Field.

The team has also enjoyed success against Tampa Bay during its current surge. The Blue Jays took two of three from the Rays last week at Rogers Centre to improve to 5-4 in their past nine meetings, and 7-9 so far this season, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.

Now sitting in third place in the AL East standings, and second in the AL wild-card standings, the Blue Jays continue to make gains on the MLB futures. The team enters the week holding steady at +1800 on the World Series odds at online sports betting sites, and as a +6600 wager to overtake Tampa Bay and claim the AL East title.

The Rays, meanwhile, will be looking to help their own cause when they hit the diamond for Monday's contest as +106 home underdogs on the betting lines.

Tampa Bay has maintained its lead atop the AL East despite enduring one of its shakiest stretches so far this season. The team dropped the final two contests in this weekend's four-game series with the Detroit Tigers, capped by Sunday's 2-0 loss, and has now tallied just four wins in its past 11 games. However, they have managed to avoid losing three games in a row since back in July.

Tampa Bay has struggled to produce consistent results in recent dates under the dome at Tropicana Field, going 4-5 in its past nine, all as the betting favourite. The Rays have also been somewhat of a betting disappointment when set as home underdogs, going 5-8 so far this season while scoring two or fewer runs on six occasions over that stretch.

The Rays have also scored three or fewer runs in five of their past seven overall outings, including all three of last week's road dates in Toronto. That has contributed to a 4-1-2 run for the UNDER in totals betting at the sportsbooks.

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