SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays meet Thursday in MLB action at Rogers Centre. The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last 8 games. The Toronto Blue Jays look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 7 games. The Rays have won 6 of their last 7 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 71 hits and 33 RBI, while Yandy Diaz and Harold Ramirez have combined for 114 hits and 40 RBI. Jeffrey Springs gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Springs is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays have scored 18 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 9 of their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have won 6 of their last 10 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Bo Bichette leads the Blue Jays with 79 hits and 41 RBI, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Santiago Espinal have combined for 143 hits and 79 RBI. Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 5.08 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. Kikuchi is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a clear pitching edge here, as Jeffrey Springs has a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through 60 innings this season. Yusei Kikuchi not only has an ERA over 5 on the season, but he’s allowed 23 hits and 16 earned runs in his last 15.1 innings. Kikuchi is getting killed this month, and he isn’t a pitcher you should be thrilled to back in his current form. Give me the Rays.