J.A. Happ (3-0, 2.42 ERA) gets the start for the Toronto Blue Jays (11-13) as they go up against Chris Archer (1-4, 5.47 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (10-12) in the second of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Blue Jays won the last game 6-1, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 30 and will air on RSN and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Archer pitched 6.2 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out 10 in a 2-0 victory over the Orioles. Logan Forsythe (.316, 13 Rs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one stolen base. The Blue Jays were victorious over the Athletics 9-3 the last time Happ pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out one and walking one. Michael Saunders (.324, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
The odds are Tampa Bay -130 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
In their previous five games this season, the Blue Jays have a 3-2 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
This season, the Blue Jays hold an even 9-9 record against AL East teams. The Rays sit at 7-9 against these opponents.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rays are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Blue Jays have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 2-10. The Rays have a 2-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 25 this season. Toronto ranks 10th with 27 home runs.
Tampa Bay and Toronto both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. Tampa Bay sits at 29th with 7.27 hits per game and Toronto ranks 23rd with 7.79.
Ranking 27th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.672). Toronto ranks in the top half with an OPS of .716.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 8-7. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 4-11 record.