Tampa Bay Rays Roster
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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino isn't starting behind the plate on Monday. The Rays will take on the Toronto Blue Jays and left-hander Robbie Ray but will do so with Zunino on the bench. In 351 plate appearances this season, the veteran is batting .209 with a .296 on-base percentage and 31 home runs. Francisco Mejia is hitting seventh and starting in Zunino's place at catcher. The 25-year-old is batting .248 with a .306 on-base percentage and six home runs in 249 plate appearances this season. You're probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming help on Monday.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows isn't in the lineup Monday against left-handed starter Robbie Ray and the Toronto Blue Jays. Meadows is batting .232 with a .313 on-base percentage, 25 home runs, and four stolen bases in 560 plate appearances this season. Tampa Bay is starting Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, and Manuel Margot from left to right in the outfield against the Blue Jays. Arozarena is likely rostered in most leagues, but Margot could have some streaming appeal on Monday despite the tough matchup. In 431 plate appearances this season, the outfielder is batting .260 with a .314 on-base percentage, 10 home runs, and 13 stolen bases. Margot is hitting fourth.
Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe isn't starting on Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays will take on Toronto left-hander Robbie Ray but will do so with Lowe on the bench. The 26-year-old is batting .235 with a .333 on-base percentage, 34 home runs, and seven stolen bases in 571 plate appearances this season. Instead, Tampa Bay will start Joey Wendle at second against Toronto. Wendle, who is hitting sixth on Monday, is batting .271 with a .323 on-base percentage, 10 home runs, and seven stolen bases in 465 plate appearances this year. In most matchups, he'd be a quality streaming option for fantasy managers in deeper leagues. However, given the matchup with Robbie Ray, you're probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming help.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan (9-6) allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out seven during Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He was activated ahead of Sunday's start against the Tigers after spending the 10-day minimum on the injured list. The left-hander was brilliant on Sunday, limiting Detroit to two hits over five innings while fanning seven. His only mistake was surrendering a solo shot to Tigers catcher Eric Haase in the fourth inning. Tampa Bay was unable to muster any runs against Wily Peralta, saddling McClanahan with the loss. The southpaw owns a 3.51 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and a 135:36 K: BB over 115 1/3 innings in 2021. McClanahan is scheduled to start in Saturday's game against the Marlins. The 24-year-old has been the Rays most reliable pitcher, and managers can start him with confidence in the fantasy baseball playoffs.
Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Shane Baz (back) will make his major league Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays. He originally was scheduled to pitch Friday but was scratched due to back spasms. The 22-year-old posted a 2.06 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and a 12.9 K/9 across 78 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. Baz is the Rays' top prospect, but it's unclear if he will be on a pitch count for Monday's start. The Rays rookie phenom has a ton of upside and is worth rostering for the season's final two weeks. Despite the tough matchup against a loaded Blue Jays offense, Baz can be used as a streamer in Monday's slate.