1:07 pm
September 13

Rays @ Blue Jays – Game 1

Who will WIN this matchup?

Tampa Bay Rays (78-61)

@ Toronto Blue Jays (79-61)


Starting Pitchers:

Springs (TB): 7-4; 2.54 ERA

Merryweather (TOR) 0-2; 5.48 ERA


Current odds:

Tampa Bay Rays: (+101)

Toronto Blue Jays: (-120)


• The starting line-up for the Rays is as follows:


• The starting line-up for the Blue Jays is as follows:

Blue Jays lineup against the Rays on September 13: CF Springer (pictured), 1B Guerrero Jr., SS Bichette, DH Kirk, LF Hernández, 3B Chapman, C Jansen, 2B Espinal, RF Merrifield, SP Merryweather. First pitch: 1:07pm ET.

• The visiting Tampa Bay Rays hope to cool down surging Bo Bichette when their five-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays resumes Tuesday with a day-night doubleheader. Bichette had all three RBIs Monday night, including the go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth against Jason Adam, in Toronto’s 3-2 victory in the series opener.

• The Blue Jays (79-61) slipped past the Rays (78-61) and into a tie with the Seattle Mariners for the first American League wild-card spot by a half game.

• Bichette’s homer was his 24th of the season and his sixth in the past eight games. He has reached base safely in each of the past 11 games, batting .511 (24-for-47) with six doubles, one triple, seven homers and 21 RBIs. Due to those impressive numbers, Bichette was recently named AL Player of the Week.

• Monday’s victory came in the opener of an eight-game homestand for the Blue Jays, who were returning from an 8-2 road trip.

• The Rays will counter with left-hander Jeffrey Springs (7-4, 2.54) in the opener. Springs is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA in eight career games (one start) against Toronto.

• Rays shortstop Wander Franco did not start Monday, but grounded out as a pinch hitter. Cash said he was being rested.

• Jonathan Aranda, who had an RBI single in the second inning Monday, has earned more playing time. He has hit safely in eight of his 12 career major league games, going 10-for-26 (.385).

• Rays left-hander Brooks Raley will not pitch in Toronto because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

• The Rays added Cooper Criswell to the active roster Monday and selected right-handers Guerra and Kevin Herget while optioning right-handers Calvin Faucher and Luis Patino to Triple-A Durham. Criswell allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings Monday in his second career major league outing.

StreakSmarter Pick
Tampa Bay Rays