Francisco Liriano (7-12, 5.27 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (78-64) go up against Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.86 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (60-82) in the first of a three-game division series at the Rogers Centre. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 12 and will air on RSN and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Liriano pitched 2.0 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out three in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Edwin Encarnacion (.269, 90 Rs, 39 HRs, 115 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. The Rays were unsuccessful against the Orioles 11-2 the last time Odorizzi pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out two and walking three. Brad Miller (.249, 64 Rs, 27 HRs, 70 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Blue Jays hold a 33-30 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 27-36.
The Blue Jays managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 10-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 10-59. The Blue Jays have a 9-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking seventh in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 194 this season. Toronto ranks third with 202 home runs.
Ranking 22nd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 404 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 536.
The Blue Jays are 70-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rays are 52-52 when they hit at least one homer.