The Blue Jays will attempt to do something they have not done since April 8th, 2007 tonight in Tampa and that is win a series at Tropicana Field. Tampa has been a real house of horrors for the Blue Jays and series after series they leave with little to show for their efforts. The 19 consecutive non-winning series in Tampa could come to an end tonight as the Blue Jays take an 2-1 advantage into the finale.
Brandon Morrow will take on Chris Archer which could make for an interesting game. Morrow has been fairly solid at Tropicana Field in 5 starts going 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA, 30 innings pitched, 30 SO but he has allowed a lot of walks at 22. In Morrow’s final spring start vs the Mets, Morrow went 5.2 innings with 8 SO, 2 walks, 2 hits and 0 ER. If that Morrow shows up the Blue Jays could be in good position to end the 7 year series drought. However the newly extended Chris Archer will be a tough competitor. He has 3 career starts vs the Blue Jays and had been fantastic going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA, 16.1 IP, 10 SO and 5 walks.
The Blue Jays will benefit from adding in as many LH batters as possible as Archer dominates RH batters but has been subject to getting hit hard by lefties with an .816 OPS vs a .450 OPS against righties. Still Archer is a tough opponent and will be no easy task for the Jays.
If the good Morrow shows up tonight, it will give the Blue Jays potent offense a chance to wear down Archer and try to close the first series win in 7 years. The Blue Jays will get to add Adam Lind to the mix tonight which could provide an offensive boost with the RHP on the mound. Even with a loss the Blue Jays will return to the Rogers Centre tomorrow to face the New York Yankees with a 2-2 record after a road series against a tough division rival and that in itself will be a positive start for the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays announced lineup: