Chris Archer (8-4, 2.18 ERA) is on the hill for the Tampa Bay Rays (40-32) as they square off against R.A. Dickey (3-6, 4.96 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (38-34) in the second of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Blue Jays won the last game 8-5 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and can be seen on RSN and SunSports.
Archer is 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA in his appearances against the Blue Jays, but goes up against a good Toronto offense which is batting .271 this season. Joey Butler (.338, 18 Rs, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5. When pitching against the Rays, Dickey is 6-7 with a 4.49 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 87 strikeouts. Chris Colabello (.347, 29 Rs, 5 HRs, 26 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Tampa Bay is a -160 favorite against Toronto and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +938 and a record as the favorite of 19-14. Tampa Bay is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Tampa Bay is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 54 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who rank second in the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.8.
In games where it is the underdog, Toronto has a 14-20 record and an overall money line of +78. They are 9-10 as the underdog against teams in their division, and 18-16 SU. Offensively, they average five runs per game on the road, which is the best in the AL. The Blue Jays can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 90 home runs. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with 3.3 per game, ranking second in the AL.
The Rays have controlled the season series, 6-2. The Rays have a 26-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Dickey takes the mound. Archer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 26-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Rays hold an 18-15 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 19-16.
The Rays and the Blue Jays are both 2-2 in games that go into extra innings.
The Blue Jays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are heading in with a 13-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 26-7. The Blue Jays have a 33-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 401 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 25th with 269 runs.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 197 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 238.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 28-17, well-matched with the Blue Jays who are 33-17 when hitting one or more homers.