The Tampa Bay Rays (95-61) host the Toronto Blue Jays (86-69) at 1:10 PM ET on Sunday, with both teams hoping to win the series.

The Rays will give the nod to Taj Bradley (5-7) versus the Blue Jays and Yusei Kikuchi (10-6).

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Rays vs. Blue Jays Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Sunday, September 24, 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: Bradley - TB (5-7, 5.27 ERA) vs Kikuchi - TOR (10-6, 3.74 ERA)

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Rays Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Taj Bradley

  • The Rays will send Bradley (5-7) to the mound for his 21st start this season.
  • The right-hander's last appearance was on Tuesday, when he threw five innings against the Los Angeles Angels, giving up one earned run while allowing three hits.
  • The 22-year-old has pitched in 20 games this season with a 5.27 ERA and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .249.
  • In 20 starts this season, he's earned a quality start in one of them.
  • Bradley has started 20 games this season, and he's lasted five or more innings 13 times. He averages 4.8 innings per appearance.
  • He has finished two appearances without allowing an earned run in 20 chances this season.

Taj Bradley vs. Blue Jays

  • The Blue Jays have scored 707 runs this season, which ranks 16th in MLB. They have 1357 hits, eighth in baseball, with 176 home runs (18th in the league).
  • The Blue Jays have gone 9-for-21 with a double, a home run and four RBI in one game against the right-hander this season.

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Blue Jays Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Yusei Kikuchi

  • Kikuchi makes the start for the Blue Jays, his 31st of the season. He is 10-6 with a 3.74 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The lefty's most recent time out came on Tuesday against the New York Yankees, when he went five innings, surrendering one earned run while giving up four hits.
  • In 30 games this season, the 32-year-old has an ERA of 3.74, with 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are batting .248 against him.
  • Kikuchi is trying to pick up his 10th quality start of the year in this game.
  • Kikuchi will look to pitch five or more innings for his fourth straight appearance. He's averaging 5.3 innings per outing.
  • In four of his appearances this season he did not allow an earned run.
  • This season, the 32-year-old ranks 24th in ERA (3.74), 28th in WHIP (1.242), and 15th in K/9 (9.6) among qualifying pitchers.

Yusei Kikuchi vs. Rays

  • The opposing Rays offense has the fourth-ranked slugging percentage (.443) and ranks fourth in home runs hit (221) in all of MLB. They have a collective .258 batting average, and are sixth in the league with 1362 total hits and fourth in MLB play scoring 818 runs.
  • Kikuchi has thrown 11 innings, giving up six earned runs on 12 hits while striking out 14 against the Rays this season.

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