- When: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
- Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto Canada
On Tuesday night, the Toronto Blue Jays will play host to the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League East matchup. Before this ballgame, we are going to make sure you have all of the details before heading over to your sportsbooks.
The Blue Jays have been one of the hottest teams in all of baseball over the past few weeks, as they have won 15 of 17 games heading into Tuesday, including Monday’s 8-1 victory over the Rays. They have taken over the first wild card spot in the American League and are coming off of a series in Baltimore where they scored 44 runs in 23 innings over the weekend. It is safe to say that this Jays team is red hot.
The Rays had been playing .500 baseball over their last 10 games before their loss on Monday, but still sit comfortably in first place in the American League East with an 8 game lead over second place Toronto.
Pitching matchup: RHP Drew Rasmussen (2-1 3.25 ERA) v.s RHP Jose Berrios (11-7 3.52 ERA)
The Rays will turn to the righty Drew Rasmussen to try and shut down this red hot Blue Jays offense. On paper, this does not look like a favorable matchup for Rasmussen. However, his last two starts have come against a solid Boston Red Sox lineup and he allowed a combined total of just 2 runs over 9 innings. Still, it will be an incredibly tall task to slow down a team that may be the hottest in the league right now.
Jose Berrios will look to keep the good times rolling in Toronto on Tuesday. Since being acquired at the trade deadline in July, Berriors has compiled a 3.64 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 81 strikeouts over 76 ⅔ innings. He has been a crucial part of the team’s excellent play as of late as Berrios has allowed just 5 earned runs in 20 ⅓ innings over his past three outings.
Players to Watch
Vladimir Guerrero JR – Okay, this may not be the sneakiest pick of all time, but Guerrero just passed Shohei Ohtani for the MLB lead in home runs with 45 on Monday and is also making a bid for a Triple Crown.
As we head into Tuesday, Vlad leads the American League in home runs and average, and sits just 4 RBIs behind Jose Abreu for the lead in that category. The last player to accomplish the feat was Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
Austin Meadows – Meadows had one of just two Rays hits on Tuesday and drove in their lone run with a solo home run. He has had an up and down season, as he does have 25 home runs and 99 RBIs, but also is hitting just .232 with a .777 OPS.
He will need to step up on Tuesday against the right-handed throwing Jose Berrios if the Rays want to get their offense going.
The Winners is…
This game should be closer than Monday. The Rays have some lefties in their lineup such as Meadows, Brandon Lowe, and Joey Wendle who should string some hits together against Berriors. But when you are hot you are hot, and that is exactly how to describe Toronto right now.
Despite the recent success of Drew Rasmussen, the Blue Jays should continue to hit and score enough runs to beat the Rays for a second straight night and close the gap a little more in the AL East.
- Rays Odds: + 115
- Blue Jays Odds: – 135
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