The Tampa Bay Rays head into play with a 10-4 record, top in the American League East.
They head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays, who are struggling at 4-9 on the season.
Blake Snell is scheduled to pitch for the Rays, while Clay Buchholz is set to come off the 10-day disabled list to make his first start of the season for the Blue Jays.
The Rays are averaging a relatively modest 4.6 runs per game but have the best ERA in MLB at 1.98. The Blue Jays are eighth in the league in scoring at 5.8 runs per game but are a mediocre 16th in ERA at 4.44.
Austin Meadows heads the Tampa Bay offense with a team best four home runs and 13 RBI to go along with a .341 batting average.
Vandy Diaz is second on the team with three home runs, while Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Lowe each have left the park twice.
All told, the Rays are hitting .256 for the season and have won their games mainly due to a stellar pitching staff.
Toronto is hitting a woeful .198 as a team. An unlikely candidate, Freddy Galvis, is leading the team with a .395 average,
four home runs and nine RBI. Rowdy Tellez and Randal Grichak each have three home runs, but Grichak is batting only .178.
Justin Smoak, who hit .242 with 25 home runs last season, is hitting only .212 with two homr euns.
Examining the scheduled starters and the bull pen, Blake Snell is off to a good start at 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA.
He’s struck out 27 in only 19 innings this season. Clay Buchholz went 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 games last season with the Diamondbacks,
but hasn’t pitched yet this season and has appeared in only 18 games over the past two seasons.
The game is likely to be low scoring. Toronto’s hitting woes aren’t likely to be solved against a dominate Tampa Bay pitching staff. The Blue Jays will be fortunate to reach three runs.
The combination of the Rays offense and Blue Jays pitching should hold Tampa to four or five runs. Expect a game total of 7 runs or less with the Rays coming on top.