Two of baseball's top hitters go head-to-head when the Tampa Bay Rays (36-15) and Toronto Blue Jays (26-24) meet at 1:10 PM ET on Thursday, at Tropicana Field. Yandy Diaz has a .322 batting average (sixth in league) for the Rays, and Bo Bichette ranks fifth at .327.

The Rays will give the nod to Zach Eflin (6-1, 3.45 ERA), who is eyeing win No. 7 on the season, and the Blue Jays will counter with Alek Manoah (1-4, 5.15 ERA).

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Rays vs. Blue Jays Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • Time: 1:10 PM ET
  • TV: MLB Network
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Venue: Tropicana Field
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo!
  • Probable Pitchers: Eflin - TB (6-1, 3.45 ERA) vs Manoah - TOR (1-4, 5.15 ERA)

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Rays Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Zach Eflin

  • Eflin (6-1) will take to the mound for the Rays and make his ninth start of the season.
  • The right-hander's last start was on Saturday, when he tossed seven innings while giving up three earned runs on four hits in a matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • The 29-year-old has an ERA of 3.45 and 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .237 in eight games this season.
  • He has earned a quality start three times in eight starts this season.
  • Eflin has eight starts in a row of five innings or more.

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Blue Jays Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Alek Manoah

  • Manoah gets the start for the Blue Jays, his 11th of the season. He is 1-4 with a 5.15 ERA and 40 strikeouts through 50 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, when he tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs while giving up six hits.
  • Over 10 games this season, the 25-year-old has a 5.15 ERA and 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings, while giving up a batting average of .276 to opposing batters.
  • Manoah has collected two quality starts this season.
  • Manoah is trying to pick up his sixth start of five or more innings this season in this outing.
  • This season, the 25-year-old ranks 66th in ERA (5.15), 72nd in WHIP (1.737), and 56th in K/9 (7.1) among qualifying pitchers.

Alek Manoah vs. Rays

  • He will match up with a Rays squad that is batting .271 as a unit (first in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .501 (first in the league) with 97 total home runs (first in MLB action).
  • Manoah has a 13.5 ERA and a 2.786 WHIP against the Rays this season in 4 2/3 innings pitched, allowing a .391 batting average over one appearance.

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