Tampa Bay and Toronto wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre. The Rays were able to shutout the Blue Jays in the series opener on Friday. They’ve now won four straight meetings and have taken six of their seven meetings so far this season.
Rays pitching looks much better in Toronto
Tampa Bay’s rocky pitching made for a competitive series against Baltimore, and they only outscored the worst team in baseball 13-12 in the three-game set. Things started off a lot better against Toronto, not allowing a run and putting seven up on the board themselves. Outfielder Mallex Smith (.300 avg) is on a five-game hitting streak and he finally put an RBI on the board. Joey Wendle has recorded six total RBIs over his last four games.
Probable starter: Right-hander Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.14 ERA)
Glasnow is expected to kick things off on the mound for the Rays. He’s had two relatively lengthy starts with his new team, giving up a run and two hits in each of them and sporting a respectable pitching ratio of 14 strikeouts to 1 walk.
Blue Jays bullpen continues to collapse against Rays
Toronto’s bullpen has been nothing short of a dumpster fire lately, posting a whopping 9.61 ERA over their last five games. They even ruined the outing of this game’s starting pitcher, coughing up nine runs in two innings. Granted, it was against an incredibly talented Boston team, but it even struggled in this series opener. Even worse, the offense didn’t show up, being limited to just three hits in an eventual 7-0 shutout.
Probable starter: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.20 ERA)
Stroman had a brilliant showing against Boston on Tuesday. He had no earned runs (one unearned) and two hits over seven innings. Amazingly, the Blue Jays ended up losing 10-7 with a bullpen collapse. Stroman hasn’t allowed a homer in four straight starts