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Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays, Mon 9/20 >>

We think this is going to be a pretty sleepy game in this battle of AL East contenders. Toronto will start Robbie Ray, who is right in the thick of the AL Cy Young conversation. In three September starts, Ray’s ERA is 2.00. In August it was 1.76, and in July it was 1.99.

He’s been nearly untouchable recently, and he has consistently shut down this Tampa lineup this season. In 34 innings against the Rays this year, he’s given up only seven total runs and 21 hits. That’s an ERA of 1.85. 

The Rays will counter with Shane Baz on the mound, who has been dominant in AAA this season. The top prospect has a 1.76 ERA in AAA this year, so it certainly seems like he’s ready for the big leagues.

Tampa is coming off a game where they got shutout by the Tigers on Sunday, and that was against journeyman veteran Wily Peralta. If they can’t touch Peralta, we don’t see how they’ll be able to touch Ray. The Rays also once again have one of the league’s best bullpens. Take the under in the opener of this crucial series. 

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