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Rays look to complete sweep of Blue Jays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Blue Jays are 22-14 (.611) all-time on Memorial Day, the second-best winning percentage on this holiday behind Seattle's 27-12 (.692) mark. In the last 16 Blue Jays' Memorial Day games, the home team has won 16 consecutive games.
  2. At 31-19, the Rays are off to their second-best 50-game start in franchise history (34-16 in 2010). Tampa Bay has been in playoff position for 59 days this season, the most of any team in the majors.
  3. These teams have met once this season, when Tampa Bay won two of three games in Toronto in April. The Rays went 7-2 against the Blue Jays at home in 2018 -- Tampa's pitching staff held the Jays to a .210 batting average and 2.9 runs per game over those nine games.
  4. Since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has hit a home run in each of his first three games back. Prior to his recall, Gurriel was slashing .175/.250/.275 with zero home runs in 44 PA.
  5. Austin Meadows reached base five times last game, the second time he has done so in a game this season. The only other players in MLB with multiple games of reaching base at least five times this season are Ryan Braun (2), Bryce Harper (2), and Jorge Polanco (2).
  6. In his four starts this season, Yonny Chirinos has a 2.49 ERA and a .193 opponent batting average in 25.1 innings. Aaron Sanchez has a 2.70 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 20.0 IP across four day time starts in 2019.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/27/2019 thru 5/29/2019

The Tampa Bay Rays will be going with their best pitcher, Blake Snell, on Wednesday as they try to complete a sweep of the three-game series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

Snell (3-4, 3.07 ERA) will be facing Toronto rookie right-hander Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.42) in the series finale.

The Rays defeated the Blue Jays 3-1 on Tuesday night -- before a Rays record-low attendance of 5,786 -- when they used five pitchers, including opener Ryne Stanek, who pitched two innings, followed by 3 2/3 innings from Ryan Yarbrough, who earned the win.

Snell, the American League Cy Young Award winner in 2018, will be facing the Blue Jays for the second time this season.

The left-hander did not factor in the decision in the Blue Jays' 3-1 victory on April 13 at Toronto. Snell pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only a walk and a single.

The Rays are 4-6 this season in games started by Snell after going 22-9 in his starts last season. He is 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA in nine career starts against the Blue Jays and 2-0 with a 0.40 ERA in his last four starts against them. He is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in three starts against them at home.

Snell, who missed time with a broken toe, has been coming on strong, going 1-1, with a 1.48 ERA over his past four starts. He still would like to go deeper into games. He has completed seven innings once this season, on April 2 against the Colorado Rockies.

"I want to complete seven every time," he said Tuesday. "In order to do that I've got to be more consistent. I can't have deep counts to start the game as well as ending the game."

Thornton took the loss to the Rays in his third career major league start on April 12. He allowed eight hits, five runs and two walks in three innings against the Rays. Tampa Bay hit three home runs against him, two into the 500 level.

In Thornton's past three starts, he is 1-0 with a 3.06 ERA with 10 hits and nine walks allowed and 21 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.

The Blue Jays continue to scuffle as they try to put on a brave face in what they hope is a rebuilding program that eventually bears fruit someday. Already they have recent graduates from the minor league system like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Cavan Biggio, Danny Jansen and Rowdy Tellez.

Blue Jays first-year manager Charlie Montoyo, who coached four years with the Rays after a successful managing career in their organization, uses the success of Tampa Bay as an example.

"You're teaching winning," Montoyo said. "That's what the Rays did. In the minor leagues, we were teaching championship baseball the whole way, so when those guys get here, they've been through playoffs already. That's what we're trying to do here now. (Bo) Bichette (who is injured) and Vlad (Guerrero) and all those guys won in Double-A, which is great. They know how to win together. I think that's huge."

The young Blue Jays are not learning much about winning at the major league level. The team is 7-19 in May.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 29, 2019

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