Game Preview: Blue Jays Vs. Rays

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Monday, June 12th, 2017
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The Toronto Blue Jays will avoid the unfriendly confines of Tropicana Stadium where they have historically struggled versus the Tampa Bay Rays. The Jays have an uninspiring 71-102 record all-time at “The Trop as they luckily return home to host the Rays at the Rogers Centre.

The Rays and Jays are neck and neck in the AL East standing as both teams attempt to make up some ground on the surging New York Yankees who sit atop the division.

Starting Pitchers:

Francisco Liriano will get the nod for Toronto in the final game of the two-game set on Wednesday opposite Alex Cobb.

This will be Liriano’s third start since coming off the disabled list where he was sidelined with shoulder inflammation. The southpaw will look to improve upon his 3-2 record and inflated 5.87 earned run average in 9 starts so far this season.

Alex Cobb is still looking to round into form for the Rays as the hurler has a 4.29 earned run average in 13 starts. Cobb was shelled for 9 runs on June 03rd at the hands of the Seattle Marines who shellacked him for 14 hits over 5 innings of work.

Game Within The Game

This will be the fourth time these two foes face off already this season. The teams have split the first 10 games with each team claiming 5 victories however the Rays did take 3 out of 4 at home from the Jays back in April.

“From an online betting perspective, any divisional series involving the AL East means a lot of action from bettors, and Rays-Blue Jays shouldn’t be an exception. These are two struggling franchises looking to improve their chances to make it to the postseason, and that makes the two-game series even more attractive” says MyBookie.ag line manager Dave Strauss.

Players To Watch

Kevin Pillar is batting .429 in only 7 at-bats versus Cobb while  Darwin Barney and Troy Tulowitzki are the only two Blue Jays to have taken Cobb deep.

Evan Longoria has owned Liriano for his career batting .455 with 2 home runs in 11 at-bats. Catcher Derek Norris also has 2 round trippers off Liriano in 17 career at-bats.

Notable Injuries

Blue Jays- Aaron Sanchez, Steve Pearce

Rays- Kevin Kiermaier, Brad Miller, Brad Boxberger, Wilson Ramos, Matt Duffy

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher







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