07/28/08 7:07 PM EDT
|Tampa Bay Rays||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Akinori Iwamura - 2B||Joe Inglett - 2B|
|B.J. Upton - CF||Marco Scutaro - SS|
|Carl Crawford - LF||Alex Rios - CF|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Lyle Overbay - 1B|
|Carlos Pena - 1B||Rod Barajas - C|
|Cliff Floyd - DH||Matt Stairs - DH|
|Dioner Navarro - C||Scott Rolen - 3B|
|Eric Hinske - RF||Adam Lind - LF|
|Jason Bartlett - SS||Brad Wilkerson - RF|
The Jays haven't had a fun time playing the Rays this season; they are 2-7 vs the Rays. If Rays make the playoffs they should send us a nice card or something. Hopefully it turns around tonight.
AJ pitchers against James Shields (9-6, 3.66). Shields is 3-1 this month with a 3.49 ERA and he is 4-0, 2.40 in his career against us. AJ is 3-2 with a 4.68 ERA for July. Once again he may be making his last start for us.
I'd like to see Lind a little higher than 8th in the order, considering Rolen and Barajas haven't been hitting at all this month. Jays have won their last 5 series at home....if they want to get close we need to win this one. A sweep would put them just 5.5 games back from the Rays with 58 games left. A little way back but not insurmountable.
I should get to watch most of the game tonight....Join me in the Game Thread.