The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays meet on Saturday as part of MLB games at Rogers Center.
The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for another win to strengthen their five-game winning streak. The Rays have scored 30 points in their last three games and at least four points in eight of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 11 of their last 12 games by scoring at least one point. Austin Meadows led the Rays with 18 hits and 15 RBIs while Avisail Garcia and Tommy Pham combined 30 shots and 11 RBIs. Blake Snell receives the ball and is 2-1 with a tie-point average of 2.84 and 27 strikeouts this season. Snell is 4-2 with a 3.00 lead and 48 strikeouts over his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Blue Jays have allowed 23 points in their last three games and four or more points in seven of their last 11 games. The Toronto Blue Jays are 2-10 this season while allowing at least one inning. Offensively, Freddy Galvis led the Blue Jays with 18 hits and nine RBIs, while Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk combined 18 shots and 11 RBIs. Clay Buchholz recovers the ball and was 7-2 with a 2.01 silver and 81 strikeouts last season. Buchholz is 9-8 with a 2.67 silver and 137 strikeouts over his career against the Rays.
The Ray are 13-3 in their last 16 games in the second game of a series, 6-0 in Snells' last 6 starts and 20-6 in Snell's last 26 starts. The Blue Jays are 1-6 in their last 7 games in the second game of a series, 2-5 in their last 7 games against the AHL and 1-5 in their last 6 games . The Rays are 5-0 in Snell's last 5 starts against the Blue Jays and 4-0 in Snell's last 4 starts against the Blue Jays. The least is 14-6-1 in the last 21 Blue Jays overall. The least are 20-7-2 in the last 29 starts of Snell.
Buchholz has not been trustworthy for years and he has not played in a major league match since September of last year. Snell took over where he had stopped last season, allowing him only one point in his last 13 innings and a two-digit knockout withdrawal in his last two games. I've already said that the Tampa Bay Rays were not a team on which I was trying to realize how hot they were at the door. So until this stretch gets colder, I will continue to support them with confidence.