This game could be low scoring as David Price (17-5, 2.34 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (88-65) meet Chris Archer (12-12, 2.92 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (75-79) in the second of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 5-3 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 26 and will air on SUN and RSN.
In his last start, Price pitched 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees. Josh Donaldson (.301, 118 Rs, 40 HRs, 121 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rays were unsuccessful the last time Archer pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking five in an 8-7 loss to the Red Sox. Steven Souza Jr. (.223, 52 Rs, 16 HRs, 39 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Toronto is a -170 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Blue Jays perform well as a favorite with a 67-36 record and have an overall money line of +830. They have an SU record of 36-30 against teams in their division and a 22-18 record when they were the favorite in those games. The Blue Jays lead the majors in extra base hits with 519. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the AL with an average of 3.5 walks per game. Toronto's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Blue Jays have a team ERA of 3.77, one of the lowest in their league. The Blue Jays are fourth in the AL in hits allowed with just 8.4 per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rays come into this game with a win percentage of .487 when playing as the underdog (39-41) and an overall money line of -659. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 6-4 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 4-1 record.
The Rays have mostly come out on top against the Blue Jays in their previous 14 games this season, earning an 8-6 record. The Blue Jays will take on a right-hander (Archer) in this game and have a 67-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Price will take the mound against the Rays, who have a 28-20 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Under
The Blue Jays hold a 37-30 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 34-37.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 2-9 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 13-53. The Rays have a 13-47 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Toronto has hit 217 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 14th with 155 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.55 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.01.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Toronto has an OPS of .794 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 18th with an OPS of .720.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 35-59. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 50-46 record.