The Tampa Bay Rays (5-6) and Toronto Blue Jays (6-4) will continue an American League East series Wednesday night inside the Rogers Centre, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:07 ET
Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay dropped a 7-3 contest to open a road series against the Toronto Blue Jays last night, as two-time Gold Glove Award winner Evan Longoria committed three critical errors at third base. “It was a bad day,” stated Longoria after the game. It was certainly surprising due to the Rays making only three years in the first 10 games combined. The club definitely has the ability to bounce back, considering it was 12-6 in this series during the 2011 campaign. Tampa Bay is 21-23 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 since the start of the 2010 season.
Rays starting pitcher David Price (1-1, 4.82 ERA) was handed a 12-2 road loss by the Boston Red Sox last time out, giving up three runs and four hits over just three innings of work. The left-hander has registered a dominating 9-2 record and 2.06 ERA in 12 career starts versus the Blue Jays, including a perfect 3-0 mark and 3.46 ERA in four starts inside tonight’s venue.
Toronto has been a very streaky team in the early going, winning and losing two games in a row five times in the first 10 games. Despite last night’s victory, the Blue Jays have still managed to drop eight of their last 13 home games in this series. The club hasn’t won a season series against Tampa Bay since the 2006 campaign. Strong pitching has definitely been key to the team’s early success, coming into last night’s game ranking second in the Majors in holding opponents to a .199 batting average. Toronto is 30-30 in April games the last two-plus seasons.
Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (0-0, 2.57 ERA) has opened up the year with a pair of no-decision efforts, while striking out just seven batters in 14 combined innings. The right-hander led the league with 10.19 strikeouts per nine innings pitched a season ago. In 12 career appearances (eight starts) against the Rays, Morrow has tallied a 4-3 record and 2.26 ERA, allowing opponents to hit for just a .146 average.
Bettors will likely back the Blue Jays due to their 4-1 record in Morrow’s last five starts, while the Rays are 1-6 in Price’s last seven efforts following a team loss in the previous game.