Chris Archer (2-2, 1.07 ERA) and Mark Buehrle (3-0, 4.00 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (10-8) and the Toronto Blue Jays (9-9) at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 4-2 and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and can be seen on RSN and SunSports.
Archer is 3-1 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 59 strikeouts against the Blue Jays. Tim Beckham (.275, 7 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs. Buehrle is 11-5 with a 4.06 ERA against the Rays in his career. He is up against a below-average Tampa Bay offense that's batting just .239. Devon Travis (.383, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Tampa Bay is a -127 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 +144 and a record as the favorite of 3-4. Within its division, Tampa Bay has a 3-4 record as favorite and a 7-7 record SU. The Rays have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.8 runs per game. They average 4.2 runs per game on the season. Tampa Bay is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.8 per game. As for the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.7.
In games where it is the underdog, Toronto has a 4-3 record and an overall money line of -85. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 4-3 record against teams in their division, and an 8-6 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.7 runs per game, which is tops in the AL. The Blue Jays have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 62 extra base hits.
The Rays have controlled the season series, 5-1. Archer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 7-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
The Rays and the Blue Jays both have an 8-7 record against the division.
When the Blue Jays play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Rays are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Blue Jays are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 4-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 1-7. The Rays have a 1-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Toronto has hit 25 this season. Tampa Bay ranks eighth with 18 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.76 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.47.
Tampa Bay and Toronto both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 10th with an OPS of .723 and Toronto ranks sixth with an OPS of .767.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 8-5. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 4-5 record.