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Game #3 Preview: Hatch/Kay vs Snell

Blue Jays (1-1) vs Rays (1-1)

Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Despite a rough loss yesterday afternoon, the first place Blue Jays will go for the series win over the last place Rays this afternoon. Gametime is set for 1:10 EDT, so grab a drink and grab a seat, because it’s starting soon.

Blue Jays’ Starter(s)

The Blue Jays will go with Thomas Hatch to kick things off for a couple innings, followed by Anthony Kay. This will be Hatch’s Major League debut, after coming over from the Cubs at last year’s trade deadline for David Phelps. He made 6 starts for the Fisher Cats after the trade, going 2-3 with a 2.80 ERA, averaging nearly 6 innings per start. The Jays seem to be quite high on his arm, and he may eventually become a weapon for the Jays out of the pen.

AK47 came over from the Mets in the Stroman trade last summer, and made a few appearances for the Jays down the stretch. In 2 starts and a relief appearances, he picked up his first career win, struck out 13 and walked 5 over 14 innings while keeping the ball on the ground and in the yard. Don’t expect him to be as much of a groundball pitcher going forward though, as that wasn’t his MO in the Minors.

Rays’ Starter

The Rays are going with 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell, showing how deep their rotation is by sending him out there third. Snell did have a bit of a fall from grace last season, as he dealt with elbow surgery, and a bit of issues with the hyper-ball in giving up more home runs. Overall, he was 6-8 with a 4.25 ERA over 23 starts, a far cry from his 21-5 record and 1.89 ERA from the year prior.

Snell received a cortisone shot in the spring in the same elbow he had surgery on a year ago. There is some concern around the Rays’ world that he still isn’t right, with Snell himself admitting a few days ago that “I still feel like I’m in the third week of Spring Training, I’m not 100%”. With that prognosis, don’t expect him to go much more than 5 innings, and don’t expect him to be his fully dominating self.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Rays’ Lineup

Yesterday’s Heroes

Leury Garcia went 3-4 with a pair of home runs, driving in 4 runs to pick up the Monster Bat award. He helped lead his White Sox to the 10-3 win over the rival Twins, a pair of teams that are going to be very interesting to watch this season.

Dylan Bundy pitched 6.2 strong innings yesterday, holding the opposing A’s to just a single run on 3 hits and no walks, striking out 7 along the way. His Pitcher of the Day efforts earned him the win in the Angels’ 4-1 win over the rival Athletics.

JaCoby Jones hit a big two run home run in the top of the 9th, giving his Tigers the 6-4 edge over the Reds, a score that held up to be the final. The WPA King was work .364 WPA, narrowly edging out second place Phil Gosselin’s .355 (both rounding to .36).

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