The TORONTO and the TAMPA BAY will both be gunning for a victory on 5/27/2019 at 1:10 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
TORONTO vs TAMPA BAY
GAME: Toronto Blue Jays (21-32) at Tampa Bay Rays (31-19)
DATE/TIME: Monday, May 27 – 1:10 PM EST
WHERE: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, Sportsnet One (Toronto), FS Sun (Tampa Bay)
PREDICTION: Rays 4, Blue Jays 2
Oddsmakers currently have the TAMPA BAY listed as point favorites versus the TORONTO, while the game’s total is sitting at .
Austin Meadows looks to follow his second four-hit performance of the season with another big effort when the Tampa Bay Rays host the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon for the opener of their three-game series. The 24-year-old Meadows went 4-for-4 with a leadoff homer and three RBIs on Sunday to improve his batting average to .341 as the Rays knocked off Cleveland 6-3.
“He certainly looks locked in – hitting the ball the other way, hitting it out of the ballpark, pulling it down the right-field line,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash told reporters of Meadows, who went 5-for-12 with two homers in three games against Toronto last month. “He’s seeing the ball well, it seems like, every time he’s walked to the plate when he’s been healthy. …. He’s been huge for us.” Yonny Chirinos is expected to make the start Monday for the Rays, who are a season-high 12 games over .500, while the Blue Jays counter with Aaron Sanchez. Toronto took out its frustration from a four-game losing streak, during which the pitching staff gave up 39 runs, by rolling to a 10-1 victory over San Diego on Sunday as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the third straight day since being recalled. Gurriel has gone 6-for-10 and scored five runs over his last three games while Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio, belted a solo homer among his first three major-league hits in Sunday’s triumph.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Aaron Sanchez (3-4, 3.79 ERA) vs. Rays RH Yonny Chirinos (5-1, 3.20)
Sanchez is winless in five outings this month but posted two quality starts in that stretch after holding Boston to two runs over six innings of a no-decision on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Californian owned a 2.32 ERA through the end of April but has gone 0-3 with a 5.54 mark this month. Kevin Kiermaier is 5-for-14 with a pair of homers against Sanchez, who went 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in two starts versus the Rays last year.
Chirinos is slated to make his fifth start of the season after going 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 25 1/3 innings in his first four. The 25-year-old Venezuelan has allowed three runs over 12 1/3 frames in his last three outings and issued just eight walks in 50 2/3 overall innings this year. Luke Maile is 2-for-5 with a homer versus Chirinos, who gave up six runs and seven hits over 2 1/3 frames in his worst performance of the season on April 12 at Toronto.
1. Blue Jays 1B Justin Smoak has belted five homers in as many games, collecting nine RBIs during that stretch.
2. Tampa Bay LF Tommy Pham has hit safely in 12 straight contests, going 15-for-49 during the streak.
3. Toronto 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. recorded three hits on Sunday after going 0-for-11 over his previous three contests.
PREDICTION: Rays 4, Blue Jays 2