Blue Jays at Tampa Bay, 5-7 August

Monday, August 05 2019 @ 05:15 PM EDT

Contributed by: Magpie

The road trip (5-2 so far!) concludes in Florida.

The Rays have won their last 6 games and they've needed every one of them. At the moment they're locked in a very tight battle for one of the two Wild Card spots. The Rays are two games behind Cleveland, which holds the first one, and essentially deadlocked with Oakland for the second.

Have they endured any misfortune? You bet they have. Last year's Cy Young winner, Blake Snell, has gone 6-7 and is currently on the IL. So is Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 1.86), who along with Austin Meadows, their best hitter, was part of last year's haul for Chris Archer. Neither Snell nor Glasnow is expected back before the end of this month, at the earliest. Yet another starter, Yonny Chirinos, hit the IL today and is expected to miss four weeks.

Have they had any good fortune? Well, they found Travis d'Arnaud wandering around the scrap heap, and the former Jays prospect is hitting .283/.359/.543 since becoming a Devilish Fish. If the Mets had seen that coming, I'm betting they might not have released him

Matchups? Well, it's Tampa. who knows.

Mon 5 Aug. Waguespack (2-1, 4.80) vs Morton (12-3, 2.78)
Tue 6 Aug  Thornton (4-7, 5.23) vs TBD
Wed 7 Aug  TBD vs McKay (2-1, 4.38)