While it’s not going to be enough to stage a comeback, the Tampa Bay Rays have been playing quality baseball lately. With their fourth straight win, and a record of 8-2 in their last ten games, the Rays have moved to 75-63 this season. They just got moving a little too late, but at least they are showing something for a possible run next year. They’ve been tagged as a team that could be a breakout candidate the past few seasons.
Their name always seems to be included in that group. However, it hasn’t come to fruition, and after ditching Chris Archer, the team has been playing better baseball instead of regressing. I always thought Archer was an overrated pitcher to begin with, so they did a nice job shedding his contract. It’s confusing to say what the Pirates were going for when they brought him to Pittsburgh. He could have been a nice compliment for a team like the Red Sox, but the Pirates are not a postseason contender, although someone in the organization must have thought otherwise. They sent the Rays’ starting pitcher for Wednesday to Tampa in exchange for Archer.
The Rays have been utilizing a unique system in some of their games. It’s been pitcher-by-committee, with everyone getting an equal share of the action. That doesn’t go for Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow, who have been getting a normal workload and not getting pulled after 1 or 2 innings. Snell and Glasnow are in fact the only two pitchers listed in the starting rotation. Glasnow is scheduled to get the start for the Rays, while Aaron Sanchez hopes to show something before the season comes to an end in less than a month. Head below for our free Rays vs. Blue Jays pick.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Tyler Glasnow (1-4, 3.95 ERA) vs. Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 5.22 ERA)
The Rays opened with Ryne Stanek for 1 inning yesterday, and then as they’ve been doing, immediately went to the bullpen the rest of the way. It worked out perfectly well yet again, as the Blue Jays failed to get going all night long. Glasnow is going to get the full gauntlet tonight against the Jays. He is coming off a dominant performance against the Indians in Cleveland, allowing just 2 hits and 1 run across 7 innings of action.
He’s felt right at home on the road, with an ERA of 2.89, 0.70 WHIP, and .209 OBA on the road in 2018. Glasnow has already locked down the Jays once already this season. He allowed 2 hits and 1 run in 5 innings back on August 12th at the Rogers Centre. The Jays are hitting .240 against Glasnow in 25 at-bats. The Rays acquired Glasnow in the Archer trade, and it’s appeared to work out well for them thus far.
For Sanchez, it’s been a frustrating year for him in Toronto. This was supposed to be a year to prove the doubters after exiting after eight starts a year ago. However, Sanchez has regressed to a 5.22 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. He posted a 3.00 ERA in 2016 and has slipped since looking good in 30 starts. Sanchez has gotten roughed up of late, with an ERA of 12.54, 2.79 WHIP, and .500 OBA in his previous three outings. In his last 9.1 innings pitched, he’s 13 runs and 20 hits, while putting half of the hitters he’s faced on base. The Rays are hitting .320 with a .419 OBP against Sanchez in 25 at-bats. The Rays likely keeping it going against a Blue Jays team who haven’t been playing with much confidence at the plate.