Game Preview: Blue Jays Vs. Rays

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2017
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays will renew their rivalry in what will be the third series versus one another already on the 2017 campaign. The two teams have split the first 6 games with each team winning two contests at home.

Starting Pitchers:

The Jays will send Francisco Liriano to the bump opposite the Rays ace Chris Archer for the opening game on Friday night in Tampa.

Liriano is 2-2 with a 3.97 earned run average in 5 starts this season. Liriano got the win in his last start versus the Rays on April 29th tossing 5 innings on 1 run ball.

Archer is 2-1 with a 3.43 earned run average in 6 starts for the Rays thus far. Archer faced the Jays on April 30th taking the loss after only surrendering a single run in 7.1 innings of work. The Rays bullpen was unable to close the door and seal the win for Archer.

“The Jays are struggling in the AL East, and playing on the road against a divisional rival really complicates the panorama for Toronto. That does not mean the Jays are destined to lose the 3 game series, in fact, having starter Francisco Liriano opening the series on Friday makes the team a great underdog pick for MLB fans” explains line manager Davis Strauss.

Game Within The Game

Archer’s start was not without controversy as the hurler threw behind Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. The incident resulted in the umpire issuing warnings to both benches and afterward Jays manager John Gibbons stating he would be disappointed if Archer was not suspended for his actions by the league.

The previous game Jays reliever Joe Biagini had hit Steven Souza Jr. on the hand which resulted in Souza missing the following contest.

Jays Finding Stride

The Blue Jays are beginning to find their stride winning 3 out of their last 5 games after their worst start in franchise history. The Jays are sill relegated to the American League East basement with a 9-19 record on the season.

The Rays are just above the Jays in the standings treading water around the .500 mark with a 14-15 record.

Players To Watch

Rays: Evan Longoria is batting .304 with 2 home runs in 23 career at-bats versus Liriano.

Blue Jays: Kendrys Morales is batting .591 with 2 home runs in 22 career at-bats versus Archer.

Friday night’s contest will mark the first of three at Tropicana Field and could be an important series early-on in determining the jockeying of the AL East basement.

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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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