Daniel Norris (1-0, 4.76 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (4-3) go up against Matt Andriese (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (4-3) in the second of a four-game division series at the Rogers Centre. The Rays won the last game 2-1 and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 14 and will air on SunSports and RSN.
In his last start, Norris pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 6-3 victory over the Yankees. Devon Travis (.261 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. The Rays were unsuccessful the last time Andriese pitched. He went, going 1.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out one and walking one in a 10-9 loss to the Marlins.
Toronto, a -143 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Tampa Bay. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs.
Moving on to the away team, the Rays come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (2-2) and an overall money line of -8. Tampa Bay is a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in the MLB with six stolen bases. Switching gears to Tampa Bay's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.03, fifth best in the MLB. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The only other game between the two teams went Tampa Bay's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
This season, the Rays hold an even 2-2 record against AL East teams. The Blue Jays sit at 4-3 against these opponents.
Tampa Bay has won 33% (1-2) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won all of its games (1-0) when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Blue Jays are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rays have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When outhit, the Blue Jays and the Rays both have records of 0-2.
Both Toronto and Tampa Bay are tied at 13th in home runs, hitting six this season.
Toronto and Tampa Bay both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Toronto sits at sixth with 8.33 hits per game and Tampa Bay ranks seventh with 8.00.
Ranking 20th, Toronto is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.643). Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .713.
The Rays are 1-2 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 4-1 when they allow at least one homer.