Marcus Stroman (4-0, 3.54 ERA) and Chris Archer (2-4, 4.57 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (19-21) and the Tampa Bay Rays (17-19) at the Rogers Centre. The Rays won the last game 13-2, and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and can be seen on RSN and SUN.
Stroman pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Giants. Josh Donaldson (.260, 34 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Archer went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking four in a 6-5 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Steve Pearce (.287, 13 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Toronto and Tampa Bay are Blue Jays -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
The Blue Jays are 10-11 against their divisional rivals, while the Rays are 9-10 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, Tampa Bay is 6-6, while Toronto is 6-10.
The Rays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with an 11-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 13-5. The Rays have a 12-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 141 this season. Toronto ranks in the top half with 163.
Ranking 23rd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 107 this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 146.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 16-11, well-matched with the Rays who are 15-13 when hitting one or more homers.