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Welcome to tonight’s Blue Jays LIVE Game thread vs Tampa Bay Rays!
Tonight, the Blue Jays will try for their 8th (!) win in a row and help Mark Buehrle win his 9th game of the season. Over the last week or so, there has been a lot of buzz around the Blue Jays. Die hard fans are being vindicated while fair weather fans are cheering louder. It’s a great time to be a Blue Jays fan. Nevermind that it is only the end of May!
There are still 4 months of baseball to play. But, who cares?! The Blue Jays are in first place in the toughest division in pro sports! Period.
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The Blue Jays will send Mark Buehrle to the mound to continue the team’s good fortunes. I am a little surprised that more has not been made about the phenomenal start Buehrle has put together. Maybe it isn’t getting the attention some other pitcher’s success might because we are waiting for Buehrle to come back down to his career norms. When the Blue Jays first acquired him, the positives were that he is consistent. You know what you’re going to get. The negative is also that he is consistent. So, there are those who expect that his numbers will come back down.
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To be honest, it’ll take a REALLY bad patch for that to happen. I don’t want to be around if and when it does happen. Man, people will be upset!
Tonight might actually be a good night for Buehrle to continue his hot season. He is up against a Rays team that is struggling to score runs. As well, he is 9-5 life time against the Rays. The Rays’ hitters have seen lots of Buehrle over the years. David DeJesus has the most at bats against him (25) while Evan Longoria has had the most success. Longoria has a .421 average in 19 at bats with a homerun and 5 RBI.
The Rays will counter with the newly activated Alex Cobb. His first start after coming off the DL was against the Oakland A’s. He went 6 2/3 innings in the Rays’ win. The Jays will be in tough against Cobb. Lifetime, he has the edge with a 2-1 record and a 2.95 ERA. The Blue Jays hitters don’t have a whole lot of experience against Cobb either. Melky Cabrera has the most at bats with just 6. And, this longball happy Jays lineup has not hit a homerun against him.
Tamp Bay Rays lineup:
Toronto Blue Jays lineup:
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