The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off of their most dominant win of the season in which they pummeled the Seattle Mariners 10-2 to snap their four-game losing streak. The Jays are looking to continue their winning ways on Monday as they play the first of three games against the Tampa Bay Rays.
If they win, it will be their first two-game winning streak in over three weeks.
Mark Buehrle takes to the mound as he’s in search for his second win of the season. The good news is that Buehrle has had success against the Rays in the past: he holds an 8-3 record in 13 starts. The Jays could definitely use a classic Buehrle performance tonight, similar to the one the Brendan Morrow delivered yesterday against the Mariners.
The bad news is the Rays have won 17 straight home series vs. Toronto, which is the third-longest streak in MLB since 1900. To spice things up, John Gibbons has decided to start Henry Blanco over J.P. Arencibia to give Blanco a chance to catch the lefty. Arencibia is not happy with the move at all.
The Jays will be playing former teammates in Kelly Johnson, Jose Molina and Yunel Escobar (injured, but could play in series.) They also go up against Jeremy Hellickson, who is having a similar season to Buehrle’s — he is 1-2 and hasn’t found his grove yet.
This is a huge series for the Jays as they could make small steps towards moving up the division. The Rays are currently 14-16, so a sweep for the Jays would put them neck-and-neck with them.
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