7:07 pm
September 14

Rays @ Blue Jays

Who will WIN this matchup?

Tampa Bay Rays (79-62)

@ Toronto Blue Jays (80-62)


Starting Pitchers:

Rasmussen (TB): 10-4; 2.57 ERA

Stripling (TOR) 7-4; 3.03 ERA


Current odds:

Tampa Bay Rays: (-108)

Toronto Blue Jays: (-111)


The starting line-up for Tampa Bay is as follows:


The starting line-up for Toronto is as follows:

Blue Jays lineup against the Rays on September 14: CF Springer, DH Guerrero Jr., SS Bichette, 3B Chapman, 1B Biggio, C Jansen, LF Tapia, 2B Espinal, RF Bradley Jr., SP Stripling (pictured). First pitch: 7:07pm ET.

The Toronto Blue Jays will attempt to clinch their five-game set with the visiting Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth contest on Wednesday night. The teams split a day-night doubleheader Tuesday with the Rays taking the opener 4-2 and the Blue Jays winning the second game 7-2. Toronto captured the series opener 3-2 on Monday.

The Blue Jays (80-62) hold the top American League wild-card position, a half-game ahead of both the Rays (79-62) and the Seattle Mariners (79-62).

The Rays lead the season series with the Blue Jays 7-6, a key footnote as head-to-head results will be the first tiebreaker if the teams end up with the same record.

Stripling is 0-3 with a 4.13 ERA in eight career games (three starts) against Tampa Bay. He lost his lone appearance against the Rays this year after yielding four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings on July 3.

Rasmussen is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in six career outings (five starts) against the Blue Jays, including 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in two starts at Toronto. He last faced the Blue Jays on Aug. 2 at St. Petersburg, Fla., taking the loss despite allowing only one run on six hits in six innings.

The Rays put Brandon Lowe on the injured list between games Tuesday because of back discomfort. The second baseman missed two months earlier this season due to a stress reaction in his back, and more recently he was sidelined because of an elbow/triceps ailment.

Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Aranda led off the seventh inning in Game 2 on Tuesday with his first career major league homer. He extended his hitting streak to six games, a span in which he is 6-for-15 (.400) with two doubles, a homer and two RBIs.

Rays right-hander Kevin Herget entered Game 2 with one out in the seventh inning to make his major league debut. He allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

George Springer hit a two-run home run for Toronto earlier in the seventh inning of Game 2. It was his 20th of the season and his first since Aug. 28, a span of 15 games.

Rays right-hander Yonny Chirinos, making his first start and second outing after an absence of more than two years while undergoing Tommy John surgery, pitched four scoreless innings in Game 2.

Ji-Man Choi homered off Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah in the third inning of Game 2, ending a six-game homerless streak for the Rays. It was his first long ball since Aug. 26.

StreakSmarter Pick
Tampa Bay Rays