In the second of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (9-8) and the Toronto Blue Jays (9-8) at Tropicana Field, Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 21.32 ERA) and Daniel Norris (1-1, 6.08 ERA) get the ball. The Rays won the last game 12-3 and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and will air on RSN and SunSports.
Ramirez has an 8.31 ERA and a 1-1 record in his career against the Blue Jays, and faces a solid Toronto offense that's hitting .257 on the year. Tim Beckham (.278, 7 Rs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 1 SB) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 2 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Rays, Norris is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and four strikeouts. Devon Travis (.375, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Against teams in the AL East, the Rays have an SU record of 6-7. Tampa Bay has averaged 3.1 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 3.8. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking third in the AL with an average of 3.9 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, an area where the Rays are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average 8.8 K's per home game.
Against fellow AL East members, the Blue Jays are 8-5 SU. The Blue Jays are the number one overall scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.9 runs per game so far. Toronto is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 60 extra base hits. The Blue Jays average 3.6 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL.
In their previous five games this season, the Rays have a 4-1 record. The right-handed Ramirez will take the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 7-7 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
This season, the Rays hold an even 7-7 record against AL East teams. The Blue Jays sit at 8-6 against these opponents.
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 into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 1-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays and the Blue Jays both have records of 8-1.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 97 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 12th with 72 runs.
Ranking ninth, Toronto is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 58 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top five at third with 65.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 6-6. When the Blue Jays hit at least one homer, they have an 8-2 record.