Toronto Blue Jays (55-87) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (84-59)
September 7th at 6:10 ET (Tropicana Field)
ML: Toronto Blue Jays (+220) Tampa Bay Rays (-260)
RL: Toronto Blue Jays (+1.5) Tampa Bay Rays (-1.5) O/U: 8.5
Recap Game 2
The Rays took care of business once again. They defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0, and extended their Wild Card lead to a full game. The Rays are doing what they're exactly supposed to do. Win against the below .500 teams. A 1st inning double by Avisail Garcia that scored Austin Meadows was the only run the Rays needed to prevail. Starter Brendan McKay was lights out. He pitched 3.2 innings with SEVEN strikeouts. Moreover, he didn't allow a walk. This is what the Rays needed from McKay, and he delivered.
For the Blue Jays, they've already been eliminated from the playoffs. It was a season of development for them as some of their top prospects made their much anticipated debuts. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio headline the young wave of players Toronto has. There will be reason for optimism in Toronto next season.
Toronto Blue Jays
Starter Clay Buchholz did alright in his start last night. He gave the team length (6.0 innings pitched). In addition, he only gave up 3 ER, one of them was unearned after an error. Buchholz is one of the few veterans on the Blue Jays. There's no telling if he will stay behind this season, but the Blue Jays will need some solid veterans to help the young players grow. From veteran to a debut, Anthony Kay will make his MLB debut today.
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