The Rays will have a chance to set the MLB record for most consecutive wins to start a season when they face the Blue Jays on Friday
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By Cam Lewis7 months ago
Remember when the Yankees came flying out of the gate last spring and pretty much had the American League East wrapped up by the middle of May? It seems the Rays came into this season with a mission of one-upping New York’s incredible start.
The Rays pounded the Red Sox by a score of 9-3 on Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep. Tampa Bay is now 13-0 to start the season, which matches the 1982 Atlanta Braves and the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers for the most consecutive wins to start a season.
The Rays will look to set a new Major League Baseball record with their 14th win in a row to start the season when they come to Toronto to open up a three-game set with the Blue Jays on Friday.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, the Blue Jays will send José Berríos to the mound while Drew Rasmussen will start for the Rays. Berríos has had a tough start to his season, as he’s allowed 12 earned runs over 9 2/3 innings across his first two starts, while Rasmussen has yet to allow a run over 13 innings of work this season.
This will be an interesting test for both teams. There’s no doubting how impressive Tampa’s start has been, but they’ve had a very easy schedule with the Tigers, Nationals, Athletics, and Red Sox to kick things off. The same is true for the Blue Jays, who sit 8-4 ahead of their series finale with Detroit. The Cardinals have been the only playoff-calibre opponent that Toronto has faced thus far.
The Blue Jays finished second in the AL East last season with a 92-70 record while the Rays wound up in third after going 86-76. Tampa edged out Toronto in the head-to-head season series 10-9 and both teams were swept in two games in the AL Wild-Card series.
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