For starters: Chris Archer looking to complete the sweep
The Rays will try this afternoon to complete the three-game sweep of the Blue Jays, who currently sit tied atop the AL East standings with the Red Sox.
The Jays have been swept twice this season, once by the White Sox and once by the Rays.
Chris Archer (8-17) will try to avoid tying Tanyon Sturtze’s record for losses set in 2002.
That Archer is pitching at home helps, since his 2.61 ERA at the Trop is the second lowest home ERA in the AL. His 5.79 ERA on the road is the third highest in the AL.
Overall, Archer has lowered his ERA from 4.66 to 4.10 during his nine post-All-Star Game starts. Archer is 4-5 with a 3.05 ERA in those games. Archer is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts this season against the Jays.
The Rays face left J.A. Happ, who is 17-4 with a 3.23 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA in four starts this season against the Rays.
Here are the lineups: