Alex Cobb (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (7-12, 5.22 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (56-76) and the Toronto Blue Jays (76-57) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on RSN and SUN.
This is the first start for Cobb this season. Brad Miller (.260, 60 Rs, 25 HRs, 65 RBIs, 6 SBs) had another good game Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Liriano went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking four in a 15-8 win over the Twins in his last outing. Josh Donaldson (.296, 106 Rs, 34 HRs, 92 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 Wednesday.
The Rays are 23-30 against their divisional rivals, while the Blue Jays are 31-23 against their division.
The Rays are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 21-6 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 10-56. The Blue Jays have a 9-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 176 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 196.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 384 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 495.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 48-47. When the Blue Jays hit at least one homer, they have a 68-34 record.