1. Rays

For starters: Chris Archer looking to complete the sweep

Published Sep. 4, 2016

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:


Bautista RF

Donaldson 3B

Encarnacion 1B

Navarro DH

Martin C

Tulowitzki SS

Saunders LF

Pillar CF

Travis 2B

Happ LHP


Forsythe 2B

Kiermaier CF

Longoria 3B

Miller 1B

Duffy SS

Souza RF

Dickerson LF

Wilson C

Casali DH

Archer RHP