A thrilling comeback on Saturday might be the highlight of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays. Down 9-2 going into the bottom of the 6th, the Blue Jays erased the lead and came out on top in extras by a score of 10-9. It surely looked like it was set to be a massive blowout, which the Blue Jays have become familiar with this season. However, they had other ideas on Saturday.
This day was going to be different for the Jays. Ryan Borucki was off from the start, as he was tagged for 6 earned runs in 2 innings of work. Gaviglio and Font allowed 3 more runs between the two of them, but the bleeding eventually stopped and the offense took it from there.
Teoscar Hernandez sent everyone home with a clutch 2-run walk-off dinger into the seats, his second of the contest. The Jays haven’t had much to celebrate this season, but that’s a nice feeling for a team who might be without a few contributors in a few days.
Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles, along with Eric Sogard could be on other teams come July 31st. Giles has rejuvenated his career in Toronto and is a highly sought-after reliever on the market now. Finding reliable closers isn’t the easiest, so the Jays have a serious trade chip with him. Stroman has been pitching at an elite level in the rotation, possibly setting the Jays up with a nice haul of prospects in return.
The Rays will undoubtedly be buyers at the deadline and are in the market for a starting pitcher. For a team who is 2nd in the majors with a team ERA of 3.17 from their starters, that may not make sense initially, but with Blake Snell out it makes sense now.
Remember that they’ve been without Tyler Glasnow, who was pitching beautifully before the injury. Yonny Chirinos will be depended on Sunday for the Rays, while the Jays turn to Aaron Sanchez. Head below for our free Rays vs. Blue Jays pick.
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Aaron Sanchez has been an untradeable dumpster fire for the Blue Jays this season. Following an impressive performance against the Indians, will somebody be tempted to pick Sanchez up for cheap if he does well again today? The Blue Jays are certainly hoping that’s the case. The Royals were able to deal Homer Bailey, so there could be a market for Sanchez with the inclination that a change of scenery might help him.
This is a big game for Sanchez, because if he fails again, his last outing is going to be forgotten about quickly. Sanchez allowed 5 hits and 1-run in 5 innings for a 2-1 win over the Indians. In any case, he hasn’t been able to consistently put together good work. Sanchez carries an ERA of 6.06 and 1.72 WHIP going into Sunday.
Leading up to his sharp outing against the Tribe, he gave up at least 4 runs in eight of his previous nine showings. I don’t think one good start says that Sanchez has figured it out or anything. In his last appearance against the Rays, the Blue Jays took an 8-3 loss in Tampa.
The difference maker in this game could be Yonny Chirinos against the Blue Jays. He has been fantastic against this roster, allowing just a .156 average and 1 home run in 45 at-bats. Luke Maile and Hernandez are the only hitters on the team who are hitting better than .300 against Chirinos.
Chirinos has been quite the impressive weapon for the Rays without Glasnow. He’s been effective with an ERA of 3.29 with a 1.02 WHIP in 117.2 innings. He’s allowed 3 or less runs in eight of his previous nine games. That should likely be enough against Sanchez. Expect the Jays to suffer a letdown after their emotional comeback victory Saturday night. The Rays likely get out of Rogers Centre with two wins.