Blake Snell (4-7, 3.56 ERA) and Marco Estrada (8-6, 3.37 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (57-76) and the Toronto Blue Jays (76-58) at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 8-3, and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and can be seen on RSN and SUN.
Snell pitched 3.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned) and striking out three in a 6-2 defeat to the Astros. Brad Miller (.260, 61 Rs, 26 HRs, 68 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Estrada went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 5-1 win over the Orioles in his last outing. Josh Donaldson (.297, 108 Rs, 34 HRs, 92 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
The Rays hold a 24-30 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 31-24.
Tampa Bay has won 41% (25-36) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Toronto has won 52% (30-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Blue Jays need to step it up. The Rays have a record of 23-10 when opponents get six hits or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 39-12. The Blue Jays have a 61-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 563 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 656.
Ranking 15th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.740). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .769.
The Blue Jays are 47-44 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 31-68 when they allow at least one homer.