Blue Jays @ Rays June 12 Free Pick


This is a late addition to Tuesday’s card, which already includes a little bit on the Baltimore ML, RL and the under both, for the game and the first five innings, in that Red Sox/Orioles game.

Tampa Bay beat Toronto at home last night and I’m thinking the same thing happens tonight.

The Rays don’t have any guys you’ve heard of but they’re probably going to finish ahead of Toronto, smack dab in the middle of the division. As a home pick, they’ve got some value tonight.

Free Pick

No, you haven’t heard of any of these guys. They aren’t anything special either, but they play hard and actually make up a pretty good ball club, not nearly as good as the teams across the league with real talent and a vision, but also not as bad as all the problem teams; and there are a lot of those.

I’m beginning to look at Toronto as one of them. The Blue Jays quickly unraveled after a hot April start and find their front office in a precarious position, where trying to compete feels feeble, but a tear-down isn’t necessarily straightforward.

Tampa Bay doesn’t have that problem. Nobody wants any of its players, nor does the ownership have the money to go after anybody else’s. What you have as a result is a young, scrappy team full of players looking to prove themselves at the big league level. For an ownership group that doesn’t want to spend any money, this is the best approach to field a winning team.

Jake Bauers hit his first career home run last night. I know what you’re thinking: he sounds like the kid who ruled your Little League and every surrounding one within a 20-mile radius. I thought the same thing.

Free Pick: Tampa Bay -110

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