Series Preview: Blue Jays Looking to Lock Down AL East vs Rays

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Sep 24, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (L) and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (R) celebrate a victory against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Across the Diamond: Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays definitely took a step back this season following the loss of Joe Maddon to the Chicago Cubs, who have been one of the best teams in the majors all season long. Their pitching has held up with the 2nd best team ERA in the American League.

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Brad Boxberger has recorded 38 saves, Chris Archer has become the defacto ace of the staff with 246 srtikeouts in 203.1 innings and he is only going to get better. Jake Odorizzi (3.38 ERA) and Drew Smyly (3.26 ERA)  have been fantastic and give the Rays 3 solid starters going into next season.

The offense? Well, they rank 7th in team BA so it is a wonder why the Rays aren’t much better than their record. The Blue Jays better be on their toes because they have a history of not doing so hot against the Rays. Can the Rays play spoiler? You bet they can. I mean, they have J.P. Arencibia right? Right?

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