Welcome to Tuesday’s Marlins (24-28, +8 RD) vs. Blue Jays (27-25, +42 RD) game thread. After making their home in Dunedin, Florida the previous two months, this is the first game of 2021 that the Jays will play in Buffalo, New York. Sahlen Field is closer to their native fanbase and able to accommodate much larger crowds.
Welcome back to our newly renovated home away from home! #WeAreBlueJays pic.twitter.com/bAAe65TOK8— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 1, 2021
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- SS Jazz Chisholm Jr.
- CF Starling Marte
- DH Jesús Aguilar
- 1B Garrett Cooper
- RF Adam Duvall
- C Jorge Alfaro
- 3B Isan Díaz
- LF Jon Berti
- 2B Luis Marte
RHP Sandy Alcantara (2021 season stats: 3.46 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 24.7 K%, 40.1 HardHit% in 65.0 IP)
Notes: The Marlins dearly missed Jazz who’s ready to return from his right ankle sprain after being sidelined for the last week...Anthony Bass earned himself a multi-year free agent deal last offseason on the strength of his road performance. Sahlen Field wasn’t a great environment for the then-Blue Jay in 2020 (6.30 ERA, 1.50 WHIP in 10.0 IP).
Blue Jays Lineup
- 2B Marcus Semien
- SS Bo Bichette
- 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
- RF Teoscar Hernández
- CF Randal Grichuk
- 3B Joe Panik
- LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
- DH Rowdy Tellez
- C Reese McGuire
LHP Robbie Ray (2021 season stats: 3.81 ERA, 5.12 FIP, 28.0 K%, 51.4 HardHit% in 52.0 IP)
Notes: Relative to the rest of the league, the Blue Jays have enjoyed lots of lineup continuity. Bo Bichette, Randal Grichuk, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien have played in all 52 games for them thus far...What a bizarre season it’s been for Ray. After battling control issues for most of his career, he owns a phenomenal ratio of 54 strikeouts to three walks over his last eight outings. However, he has also allowed 13 home runs during that span, which is more than any other MLB pitcher.
How to watch/listen/follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.
Alex Krutchik will handle the game recap article.
All four Marlins full-season minor league affiliates are also in action. Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.
Please submit your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- Which starting pitcher lasts longer? (Alcantara/Ray)
- Over/Under 19.5 sliders thrown by Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 1.5 hits for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.? (Over/Under)
- Will the Marlins load the bases at any point? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Marlins/Blue Jays)