The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays have been doing everything in their power to start a brawl. Steven Souza Jr has been at the center of it for the Rays as he has already gotten into multiple shouting & shoving matches with a couple of Blue Jays players since last season. Now the last time these two teams met up, Chris Archer threw a pitch behind Jose Bautista and the benches were warned...nothing else happened during that game.
That was a week ago.
Tonight the two clubs will meet back up at the Trop as they’ll kick off a three game set. The Rays are coming off a series victory over the Miami Marlins taking three of four and improving their record to 15-15 on the season. The Blue Jays meanwhile are coming off a series loss to the New York Yankees, who took two of three against them, dropping Toronto’s record to 9-19 on the season.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Tim Beckham - SS|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Kevin Kiermaier - CF|
|Russell Martin - C||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|Kendrys Morales - DH||Steven Souza - RF|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Corey Dickerson - DH|
|Steve Pearce - LF||Rickie Weeks - 1B|
|Ryan Goins - SS||Daniel Robertson - 2B|
|Devon Travis - 2B||Derek Norris - C|
|Chris Coghlan - 3B||Peter Bourjos - LF|
|Francisco Liriano - LHP||Chris Archer - RHP|
Chris Archer was excellent during his last start, which coincidentally was against the Blue Jays. He allowed just a lone run on four hits, while he walked two and struck out five before leaving with one out in the eighth.
The Rays will be hoping Francisco Liriano pitches like he did during his season debut at Tropicana Field back on April 7th when the Rays knocked him out of the ballgame after recording just one out. Liriano has been much better since that outing though, allowing just five runs over his last four starts. His last appearance was on the 29th against the Rays where he allowed a run on four hits, picking up six strikeouts but also walking four before departing with an out in the sixth inning.