In the last of a four-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (5-4) and the Tampa Bay Rays (5-4) at the Rogers Centre, Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 8.10 ERA) and Chris Archer (1-1, 2.13 ERA) get the ball. The Blue Jays won the last game 12-7 and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 16 and will air on SunSports and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Sanchez pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out one and walking two in a 7-1 loss to the Orioles. Devon Travis (.323 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Blue Jays, Archer is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts. Tim Beckham (.286 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Toronto is a slight +103 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Blue Jays are 3-2 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +51. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking third in the AL with an average of only 4.3 strikeouts per home game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Rays come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the favorite (1-1) and an overall money line of +150. Against divisional rivals, they are 3-3 SU and 1-1 as the favorite. When it comes to scoring, the Rays haven't performed as well against teams from the AL East. During those games, they averaged three runs per game, below their 4.4 runs per game season average. Tampa Bay is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 10 stolen bases.
The Rays are 2-1 against the Blue Jays this season. This game will feature Archer (RHP) on the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 4-4 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Sanchez will take the mound against the Rays, who have a 4-2 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto.
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto.
The Rays are an even 3-3 against the division, while the Blue Jays sit at 5-4.
The Rays are 0-1 when they go into extra innings.
The Rays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 5-1. The Rays have a 4-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 40 this season. Toronto ranks fourth with 53 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Tampa Bay has earned 42 this season. Toronto ranks 11th with 28 walks.
The Blue Jays are 4-0 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rays are 3-4 when they hit at least one homer.