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Game #148 Preview: Blue Jays vs. Rays

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Tom Szczerbowski

The final game of the series with the Rays goes today at 1:07 from the Rogers Centre. If you get there early enough you can grab yourself a nice Blue Jays satchel! Chris Archer goes for Tampa Bay and it will be his sixth start against Toronto this year, although it seems I haven't previewed one of his games yet which is pretty strange. After 29 starts this year the righty has a 3.63 ERA and a 3.31 FIP, which is beginning to look like a pretty fair yearly expectation of the North Carolina native.

To be honest, I'm a pretty big fan of Chris Archer even though he plays for a divisional rival and usually dominates the Blue Jays. He takes no crap even though he's a relative newcomer to the league and is mighty fun to watch when he's got his pitches working. Unfortunately the Rays locked him up to a wicked extension, which all but guarantees that he'll be facing the Blue Jays multiple times each season for years and years to come:

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via Baseball Reference

At this point in his career Archer has pretty much settled into his repertoire as a fastball and slider pitcher, but the movement on his pitches allows him to still be successful. The sinker darts inside on right-handed hitters, while the slider tails away with nasty movement. Observe:

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via gamereax.com

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via TheScore.com

Hopeful Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes SS
  2. Jose Bautista RF
  3. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
  4. Adam Lind dh
  5. Dioner Navarro C
  6. Danny Valencia 3B
  7. Kevin Pillar LF
  8. Ryan Goins 2B
  9. Anthony Gose CF
There's no bullpen usage for today because I'm actually in Toronto for the weekend (might even be at this game!) without a computer to update the post.

Find The Link

Find the link between Chris Archer and the man in this photo.