Matt Andriese (2-1, 3.26 ERA) and Drew Hutchison (6-1, 5.33 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (40-31) and the Toronto Blue Jays (37-34) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 22 and can be seen on RSN and SunSports.
Andriese is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in his appearances against the Blue Jays, and goes up against a quality Toronto offense which is batting .271 this season. David DeJesus (.301, 18 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. When pitching against the Rays, Hutchison is 2-2 with a 6.31 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts. Josh Donaldson (.302, 56 Rs, 17 HRs, 46 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Tampa Bay is a slim -108 favorite at home against Toronto. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +1,038 and a record as the favorite of 19-14. Tampa Bay has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 7-6 and 18-14 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Rays are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.21 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who rank third 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 +213. They are 9-10 as the underdog against AL East foes, and 18-15 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 third in the league with 87 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, 6-1. The Rays have a 26-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hutchison takes the mound. Andriese (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 26-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Rays hold an 18-14 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 18-16.
When the Rays and the Blue Jays play into extra innings, both teams have a 2-2 record.
The Blue Jays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are heading in with a 6-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 26-6. The Blue Jays have a 33-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto tops the league in runs with 393 this season. Tampa Bay ranks near the bottom at 25th with 264.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 193 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 236.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 28-16, well-matched with the Blue Jays who are 32-17 when hitting one or more homers.