Hyun Jin Ryu (5-2, 2.69 ERA) vs. Tyler Glasnow (5-1, 7.71 ERA)
It’s win or go home time for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in Tampa Bay. They were 3-1 losers on Tuesday, as they fell victim to the hot hand of Blake Snell. Snell was outstanding, as he held the Blue Jays in check for 5.2 innings. He conceded just 1 run and no earned runs during his time on the hill.
Sometimes you’re feeling it and Snell was certainly feeling it in Game 1. Matt Shoemaker gets some credit for his performance as well. The Blue Jay did all he could on the bump to give his team a good chance at a win. Both pitchers have nothing to be ashamed of in that game.
The Blue Jays had a chance to tie things up in the 9th with the tying run at the plate, but were stopped with a runner on third base. And just like that, the Blue Jays are only one loss away from being removed from the postseason. A win for the Rays and they’re off to the postseason bubble in Arlington.
That’s when the real postseason begins and the dead weight is gone from the playoff picture. Having said that, it doesn’t mean we can’t have an upset or two in the first-round. The Blue Jays hope to be one of those teams, but it’s going to take two straight wins in Tampa for it to happen. They have their ace on the bump on Wednesday, so this is the Blue Jays’ best chance of forcing a Game 3.
Charlie Montoyo took an interesting approach by giving Ryu the call in Game 2 instead of Game 1. Most people expected that we were going to see Ryu on Tuesday instead of today. Shoemaker was good, so Montoyo gets to avoid criticism for that move.
It was the Toronto offense asleep at the plate that was the difference in the first contest. They will need to get their bats turned around against Tyler Glasnow in this one if they want to extend the series. Head below for our free Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays pick for September 30, 2020.
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It will be necessary for the Blue Jays to get another solid pitching performance on Wednesday. With Ryu getting the call in this one, there is confidence in the organization that the Blue Jays can accomplish that against the Rays in Game 2. The Blue Jays had to pay a pretty price to acquire Ryu, but his effort so far has shown why they paid him what they did.
The former Dodger recorded an ERA of 2.69 and 1.15 WHIP through 12 games and 67 innings. In two starts against the Rays, Ryu conceded 4 earned runs through 9.2 innings of work. He started off the season leading the Blue Jays to a 6-4 win over the Rays in the Trop. So, the Blue Jays’ season might begin and end in Tampa.
Ryu might have something to say about that, though. He enters Wednesday feeling good with an ERA of 1.42 and 1.16 WHIP in his previous three tilts. In his previous 13 innings on the bump, Ryu gave up just 2 earned runs against the Phillies and Yankees. Those are two capable offenses, but Ryu was in good form against both of them. The difference in this game will hinge on the performance of Rays’ hurler Tyler Glasnow.
Glasnow has notched an ERA of 4.08 and 1.13 WHIP. He has been up and down without too much consistency. Glasnow hasn’t been at his best at the Trop, with an ERA of 4.85 compared to a 3.45 ERA on the road. His effort in the past in the playoffs has been iffy, as Glasnow has recorded an ERA of 7.71 and 1.71 WHIP in 7 innings of work. The power numbers have been good for the Jays versus Glasnow, with 6 home runs and 10 RBI in 63 at-bats. At this price, I will take my chances with Ryu against Glasnow as an underdog.