In the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (19-20) and the Tampa Bay Rays (16-19) at the Rogers Centre, J.A. Happ (5-0, 2.05 ERA) and Drew Smyly (1-4, 3.63 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 16 and will air on RSN and SUN.
In his last start, Happ pitched 8.2 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-0 victory over the Giants. Michael Saunders (.328, 17 Rs, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. The Rays were unsuccessful against the Mariners 6-4 the last time Smyly pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing six runs and striking out five. Brandon Guyer (.338, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and five RBIs.
The odds are Blue Jays -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Blue Jays have mostly come out on top against the Rays in their previous seven games this season, earning a 4-3 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Blue Jays are an even 10-10 against the division, while the Rays sit at 8-10.
Toronto has won 38% (6-10) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 50% (6-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 4-8 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 13-5. The Rays have an 11-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 128 this season. Toronto ranks 14th with 161 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 104 this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 142.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 16-11, well-matched with the Rays who are 14-13 when hitting one or more homers.