Chris Archer (8-17, 4.10 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (58-76) go up against J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.23 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (76-59) in the last of a three-game division series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 7-5, and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and will air on RSN and SUN.
In his last start, Archer pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 10-4 victory over the Astros. Evan Longoria (.282, 70 Rs, 31 HRs, 84 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful against the Orioles 5-3 the last time Happ pitched. He went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking two. Josh Donaldson (.297, 108 Rs, 34 HRs, 92 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Rays hold a 25-30 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 31-25.
The Rays managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 14-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Rays have a slight leg up on the Blue Jays, as the Rays have won their last two games while the Blue Jays have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 40-12. The Blue Jays have a 61-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 570 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 661.
Ranking 16th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.741). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .767.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 47-45. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 31-68 record.