This is a 1* free play on the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night (7:10 EST).
JA Happ (2-2, 3.98 ERA) gets the call for the visitors. Happ is coming off an outing to forget in which he gave up two runs and three hits over 3 2/3's innings of work vs. the Red Sox on Thursday; he struck out two and walked seven on 95 pitches. The southpaw has now walked nine opponents in his last 9 2/3's frames of work. Unfortunately a date vs. the Rays is not what the doctor ordered for Happ, and while past failures don't necessarily mean one will falter again in the future, it's still significant to note that he is 0-1 and has given up nine runs in 9 1/3's frames of work in his last two starts vs. Tampa Bay. The Rays counter with Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 5.28 ERA); Hernandez was actually putting together a great start vs. the Royals on Thursday, but it was cut short due to rain; he'd give up one run and three hits over three innings of work, striking out two and walking one off 42 pitches. It was unfortunate for the Rays' veteran, but he'll now look to get untracked at home where he's 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in his two starts thus far. I had the Rays last night and that of course did not end too well for me. The Blue Jays were down 7-0 and got a two out, two run home run in the top of the ninth inning to win 8-7. With that victory, Toronto stopped a five-game slide to the Rays and an 0-8 streak at Tropicana Field. "It's a difficult loss, no question," said Rays' manager Joe Maddon afterwards. "But it's about how we react tomorrow." Good news for Rays fans today is the expected return of second baseman Ben Zobrish and shortstop Yunel Escobar. The Rays haven't dropped two straight at home in this series since 2008 and I simply don't foresee that happening today. Expect the Jays to make an immediate return to mediocrity after the improbable come back last night and for Hernandez to outduel his counterpart. Consider a second look at the home side in this one.