Slumping Jays turn to Robbie Ray vs. Twins

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Field Level Media
25 Sep 2021, 21:40 GMT+10

The Toronto Blue Jays are tied with the red-hot Seattle Mariners, 2 games down the New York Yankees for the last wild-card spot successful the American League with 8 games to go.

And contempt losing 3 consecutive games, including the archetypal 2 of their four-game bid with the AL Central cellar-dwelling Minnesota Twins, Jays manager Charlie Montoyo isn't acceptable to propulsion the panic button.

"This is the aforesaid team," Montoyo said aft Toronto (85-69) managed conscionable 4 hits successful a 3-1 nonaccomplishment to the Twins (69-85) connected Friday nighttime successful Minneapolis. "Maybe guys are feeling a small pressure, but that's a privilege. We person earned it, to get to this constituent and to inactive person a accidental aft everything we've flooded the full year."

There's inactive plentifulness of crushed for optimism for Montoyo's squad. The Blue Jays inactive person a three-game showdown with the Yankees successful Toronto adjacent week. And Jays left-hander Robbie Ray (12-6, 2.72 ERA), possibly the front-runners for the AL Cy Young Award, volition beryllium connected the mound to effort and halt the skid successful Saturday night's Game 3 of the series.

Ray leads the American League successful ERA and strikeouts (238) heading into his 31st commencement of the season. He'll beryllium opposed by right-hander John Gant (5-9, 3.76), who volition marque his archetypal vocation quality against the Blue Jays.

"It's huge," said Jays halfway fielder George Springer of Ray getting the start. "He's been our equine each year. He's conscionable an implicit rival retired there. He's pitched successful large spots. It's awesome to person him retired there. I cognize for definite we'll flush these past fewer days and get close down him."

Springer, the 2017 World Series MVP with the Houston Astros, has been successful unit situations before.

"It's not the perfect clip to suffer 3 straight, but that's the game," said Springer, who is 0-for-20 against the Twins this season. "We person to flush it. It is what it is. We've got our feline going tomorrow. We've got to truly get down him and spot what happens."

Ray hasn't faced the Twins since his rookie play with the Detroit Tigers successful 2014, erstwhile helium compiled a 0-1 grounds and 10.80 ERA successful 3 appearances (two starts) against them. No uncertainty he'd emotion to flush his lone different commencement astatine Target Field that season, erstwhile helium allowed six runs successful conscionable 1 1/3 innings of a 20-6 loss.

Minnesota volition instrumentality a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game, which volition beryllium preceded by a peculiar ceremonial honoring Justin Morneau. The 2006 AL MVP volition go the 34th subordinate of the Twins' Hall of Fame.

Minnesota's Bailey Ober picked up the triumph successful Friday night's 3-1 victory, allowing 1 tally -- the 42nd location tally of the play by Marcus Semien - and 4 hits implicit 5 1/3 innings earlier turning the crippled implicit to the bullpen.

Four relievers past combined to no-hit the Blue Jays, with Alex Colome earning his 16th prevention with a five-pitch, 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Byron Buxton highlighted a three-run 3rd inning with a two-run homer, and Luis Arraez added an RBI triple arsenic the Twins spoiled the Target Field homecoming of Toronto starter Jose Berrios, who finished with 10 strikeouts implicit six innings.

"These are large games evidently for the Blue Jays," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "Jose took the shot connected their end. He was precise sharp. His worldly was electric. He pitched very, precise well. Our guys conscionable pitched amended today. And that's truly what it each came down to."

--Field Level Media

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