Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.58 ERA) and Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.37 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (11-12) and the Toronto Blue Jays (11-14) at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 4-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 1 and can be seen on RSN and SUN.
Odorizzi pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out one and walking one in a 3-1 win over the Orioles. Logan Forsythe (.341, 14 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 3 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Stroman went 6.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-5 defeat to the White Sox in his most recent start. Jose Bautista (.250, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Tampa Bay and Toronto are Blue Jays -120, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Rays are 8-9 against their divisional rivals, while the Blue Jays are 9-10 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, Tampa Bay is 4-3, while Toronto is 3-9.
After a weak showing last week where they got in three hits, the Blue Jays need to step it up. The Rays have a record of 2-1 when opponents get three hits or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 6-3. The Blue Jays have a 7-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 76 this season. Toronto ranks in the top half at 13th with 100.
Ranking 28th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 60 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 90.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 9-7. When the Blue Jays hit at least one homer, they have an 8-9 record.