Mark Buehrle (1-0, 3.00 ERA) and Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 31.50 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (4-4) and the Tampa Bay Rays (5-3) at the Rogers Centre. The Rays won the last game 3-2 and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and can be seen on SunSports and RSN.
Buehrle is 10-5 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 104 strikeouts against the Rays. Kevin Pillar (.290 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. When pitching against the Blue Jays, Ramirez is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Kevin Kiermaier (.346 ) went 1 for 2 yesterday.
Toronto is a -155 favorite against Tampa Bay and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Blue Jays have an overall money line of -49 and a record as the favorite of 1-2. The Blue Jays are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.1 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Tampa Bay has a 4-2 record and an overall money line of +250. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 2-1 record against AL East foes, and a 3-2 record SU. Offensively, the Rays have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.1 runs per game by averaging 2.8 in those contests. The Rays are an excellent base stealing team with 10 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Moving on to Tampa Bay's pitching staff and defense, the The Rays allow just three runs per road game, ranking them fifth in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Rays are the best in the AL with an average of 6.2 hits allowed per game.
The Rays have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Blue Jays have a 3-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ramirez takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Toronto.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto.
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto.
The Rays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Blue Jays are 0-3. The Rays are 2-2 in close games this season.
The Rays are 0-1 when they go into extra innings.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 1-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 0-2. The Rays have a 1-2 record when opponents outhit them.
Toronto ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting six this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 13th with seven.
Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.25 per game. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 7.50.
Ranking 21st, Toronto is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.628). Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .710.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 1-2. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 4-2 record.