As far as Preakness odds go, you still have a few days until the “Run For The Black-Eyed Susans” takes place on Saturday, so warm up this week with some MLB betting action. On Wednesday, two young pitchers will go head-to-head in Toronto as Jeremy Hellickson leads Tampa Bay into the Rogers Center to take on Ricky Romero and the Blue Jays.
Rays Blue Jays Betting – Wednesday, 7:07 PM ET
Hellickson (4-2, 2.98) tossed the first complete game of his career in a 3-0 shutout of Baltimore at home, allowing four hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Hellickson has now kept the opposition off the scoresheet for 14 straight innings, but to be fair, that spans two consecutive starts against the Orioles, who MLB betting
players have seen go cold since storming out of the gate. Still, after only 11 starts in the majors, this was a great performance for Hellickson, who has been helped by a Tampa Bay offense that is scoring almost 10 runs per start for him. The 24-year-old righty’s first start against Toronto came four outings ago, and he earned a no-decision in a 6-4 loss on the road by allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings.
Romero (3-4, 3.35) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and came up one out short of a complete game in a 2-0 win at Minnesota, finishing with four allowed hits, eight strikeouts and three walks. Romero has allowed two runs or less in six of eight starts so far this season, so he has been dependable, but he’s eighth from the bottom of the league in terms of run support, and the Blue Jays have to a better job of putting up some runs for the pitcher that they would probably consider their ace. The 26-year-old southpaw is 2-3 in six starts against the Rays with a 4.12 ERA, but he came out on the wrong end of a 2-0 game in Toronto at the end of April, despite whiffing 10 Rays.
betting odds should have the Blue Jays as a slight favorite in the first of this two-game series, and the two have split their last 10 meetings in Toronto, with six games going over the posted total, along with a push. The Rays took two of three at the Rogers Center about three weeks ago, but both are playing well right now with the Rays winning seven of 10 ahead of Tuesday’s visit from the Yankees, while the Blue Jays carried a six-game winning streak into Detroit. The Blue Jays have to give Romero some support so he doesn’t feel as though he has to toss a no-hitter every time he steps on the hill, and they’ll do so on Wednesday, so lay a sports bet
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