Toronto takes 5-game slide into matchup with Tampa Bay
St. Petersburg, Florida; Saturday, 6 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Anthony Kay (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Rays: Charlie Morton (14-6, 3.07 ERA)
LINE: Rays -176; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Toronto enters the game as losers of their last five games.
The Rays are 36-29 against opponents from the AL East. Tampa Bay has hit 189 home runs as a team this season. Austin Meadows leads the team with 27, averaging one every 17.1 at-bats.
The Blue Jays are 21-35 against AL East Division opponents. Toronto ranks last in the majors in hitting with a .235 batting average, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the team with an average of .276. The Rays won the last meeting 5-0. Pete Fairbanks notched his first victory and Mike Zunino went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Tampa Bay. Clay Buchholz registered his fourth loss for Toronto.
TOP PERFORMERS: Meadows leads the Rays with 76 RBIs and is batting .286. Travis d'Arnaud is 8-for-30 with a double, three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 8-2, .271 batting average, 3.30 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs
Blue Jays: 2-8, .203 batting average, 4.13 ERA, outscored by 23 runs
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: (elbow), Tyler Glasnow: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (finger), Jose Alvarado: (elbow), Tommy Pham: (forearm), Eric Sogard: (foot), Brandon Lowe: (leg), Yandy Diaz: (foot), Travis d'Arnaud: (neck/shoulder).