Toronto Blue Jays (1-0) at Tampa Bay Rays (0-1)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Thomas Hatch (0-0) (0.00) vs. Blake Snell (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -200 / Toronto Blue Jays +175 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action from Tropicana Field.
This game will finish up the opening weekend series between these teams. On Friday in game one, Toronto powered out a 6-4 victory. In the Saturday game, we had a tight matchup until the eighth inning, and Tampa Bay evened the series with a 4-1 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Toronto’s offense went quiet on Saturday after their game one outburst. In game two, catcher Reese McGuire provided the Blue Jays’ only run with a solo homer in the seventh inning. Cavan Biggio was the only Toronto player with multiple hits on Saturday, going 2-for-3.
For the Sunday game, the Blue Jays will send out RHP Thomas Hatch in the start. This will be Hatch’s Major League debut, and Anthony Kay is expected to follow him to the mound. Hatch is the Blue Jays’ number 24 prospect and will be working on a pitch count in this one.
Over on the Rays’ side, a lot of guys in the batting order came up empty, but a few key names helped power out the win. Brandon Lowe posted a 2-for-4 line with a triple, two RBI and a run. Ji-Man Choi notched a double, a run and an RBI as well.
In the starting role Sunday, Tampa Bay will go with Blake Snell. Last season, Snell was limited by elbow injuries and only managed 107.0 innings in 23 games. Over that time, he had a 6-8 record with 147 strikeouts and a 4.29 ERA. Snell won the AL Cy Young Award in 2018 with a 21-5 record and a 1.89 ERA.
The Blue Jays are 6-1 in their last seven games following a loss and 4-1 in their last five in game three of a series. Toronto is 4-1 in their last five games on astroturf and 4-1 in their last five games versus the American League East.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 20-6 in their last 26 home games and 25-8 in their last 33 Sunday games. Tampa Bay is 12-4 in their last 16 versus the American League East and 52-23 in their last 75 home games versus a right-handed starter.
Pick: I’m leaning toward Rays in the Sunday finale. Though it’ll be very interesting to see what Hatch can do in his MLB debut for the Jays, he won’t be out there long and that will give Tampa Bay some opportunities in the later innings against the pen. If Snell truly is healthy, that’ll be yet another asset to an already talented Rays pitching staff. If the roster plays to their capabilities, Tampa is going to be a dangerous team this season.