|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )
|917||TORONTO||+115||Ov 8,-125||+125||Ov 8.5,+110|
|918||TAMPA BAY||-125||Un 8,+105||-135||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-16||-8.8||11-13||3.6||0.225||0.300||4.8||0.257||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.1||5-2||4.3||0.256||0.340||5.9||0.251||0.342|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-3||+3.7||5-4||5.1||0.263||0.316||3.1||0.220||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||7-0||6.1||0.278||0.333||6.3||0.316||0.375|
|4/23/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||3-4||L||-115||7.5 un||U||6||6||1||6||6||0|
|4/24/2013||MORROW(R)||@ BALTIMORE||STINSON(R)||6-5||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||8||7||2||8||7||0|
|4/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-5||L||125||8 un||P||7||5||0||9||6||1|
|4/26/2013||LAFFEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||4-6||L||130||9 ev||O||10||7||0||6||9||0|
|4/27/2013||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-5||L||135||7.5 ov||O||11||7||0||11||8||1|
|4/28/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||2-3||L||-110||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||4||4||0|
|5/6/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||8-7||W||125||7.5 un||O||12||11||0||11||6||2|
|5/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||ROMERO(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|5/9/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||MORROW(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|5/11/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||HAPP(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/23/2013||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||-180||7 un||P||7||4||0||9||5||0|
|4/24/2013||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-0||W||-135||7 un||U||8||8||0||4||4||1|
|4/25/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-5||L||120||7 un||P||5||6||0||7||5||0|
|4/26/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||4-5||L||130||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||8||3||0|
|4/27/2013||MOORE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||10-4||W||-120||7 ov||O||19||14||1||9||10||1|
|4/28/2013||PRICE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||8-3||W||-135||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||6||4||2|
|4/30/2013||COBB(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-8||L||120||7.5 un||O||8||6||1||14||8||1|
|5/1/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||8-9||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||13||6||0||15||8||0|
|5/3/2013||MOORE(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||7-4||W||-135||9 ov||O||11||8||0||11||12||0|
|5/4/2013||PRICE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-9||L||-130||9 ov||O||9||9||1||12||6||0|
|5/5/2013||COBB(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||8-3||W||105||9.5 un||O||11||4||2||10||8||1|
|5/10/2013||COBB(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Rays Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Toronto (11-21) at Tampa Bay (14-16), 7:10 p.m. EDT
One of the biggest comebacks in team history helped the Toronto Blue Jays earn a rare victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Winning two straight at St. Petersburg for the first time in nearly five years could be difficult if Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ struggles again with his control.
Happ will try to rebound from one of the worst starts of his career Tuesday night when Toronto goes for a season-best third consecutive victory.
Losers of 17 straight road series to the Rays (14-17) - the third-longest streak in AL history by one team in an opponent's ballpark - the Blue Jays (12-21) rallied from seven down after three innings to win 8-7 in Monday's opener. They ended a five-game skid to Tampa Bay and an 0-8 stretch at Tropicana Field.
It was also the fifth time in team history - and first since rallying from seven down in a 12-11 home win over the Rays on June 5, 2007 - that Toronto was victorious after trailing by seven or more.
"That's the way this game is, and you've got to continue to stay positive and come ready to play every day," said catcher J.P. Arencibia, whose two-run homer off Fernando Rodney with two outs and two strikes in the ninth was the difference.
Arencibia wasn't pleased about manager John Gibbons giving Henry Blanco the start behind the plate Monday, but he'll most likely be there Tuesday when Happ (2-2, 3.98) toes the rubber.
The left-hander only allowed two runs but walked a career high-tying seven and was pulled after 3 2-3 innings in his last outing, Thursday's 3-1 loss to Boston.
"He's the type of pitcher where he pitches up in the zone and sometimes he loses (his release point)," Gibbons said of the southpaw, whose 1.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio would be among the majors' worst if he had enough innings to qualify.
The Rays will try to send the Blue Jays to a fifth consecutive loss with Happ pitching, while attempting to avoid their first set of back-to-back home losses this season.
"It's a difficult loss, no question," said manager Joe Maddon, whose team built a 7-0 lead behind Evan Longoria's grand slam and Luke Scott's two-run shot. "But it's about how we react tomorrow."
Tampa Bay hopes Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 5.28) reacts well to his first start in nearly two weeks. The right-hander, whose turn was skipped Thursday when the game in Kansas City was postponed due to weather, was tagged for a career-high three homers in a 5-4 road loss to the Chicago White Sox on April 26. He matched a season high with five runs allowed.
Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez is 3-1 with a 4.54 ERA in six starts versus Toronto, the last coming two years ago while with Cleveland.
The right-hander will face a Blue Jays team that's totaled 18 runs and 27 hits in consecutive wins after plating three runs while losing its previous four.
The Rays' lineup, and defense up the middle, could get a boost Tuesday. Second baseman Ben Zobrist is expected to come off the bereavement list, and shortstop Yunel Escobar, a former Blue Jay who pinch hit Monday, may start for the first time since getting hit on the hand by a pitch Saturday.
Tampa Bay last dropped two straight at home in this AL East matchup on July 20 and Aug. 26, 2008. Toronto had lost 21 of 27 overall to the Rays entering this series.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:25:55 PM EST|