|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|913||TORONTO||+135||Ov 7,-110||+135||Ov 7.5,+115|
|914||TAMPA BAY||-145||Un 7,-110||-145||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-6||-4.1||7-2||4.2||0.264||0.305||6.7||0.283||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||5-2||4.3||0.282||0.357||5.4||0.252||0.342|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-14||-10.1||11-6||4.1||0.243||0.312||5.1||0.266||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.1||7-0||6.7||0.306||0.363||6.1||0.317||0.377|
|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)||6-4||W||125||8.5 un||O||13||7||0||10||7||0|
|5/8/2013||ROMERO(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||4-10||L||160||8 un||O||9||11||0||13||9||0|
|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||ROMERO(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||DICKEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|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)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Toronto (13-21) at Tampa Bay (14-18), 7:10 p.m. EDT
It's been nearly 14 years since the previous season's Cy Young Award winners have started against each other, though they've hardly resembled the same pitchers this season.
R.A. Dickey will try to avoid losing a fourth straight start and lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a series win over the Tampa Bay Rays as he opposes the struggling David Price on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
"Neither one of us are probably where we want to be at this part of the year," Dickey said. "I think he would say the same thing, but it's special anytime the reigning Cy Young Award winners face each other."
It hasn't happened since Atlanta's Tom Glavine faced Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees on July 15, 1999. The only other such occurrence was Aug. 28, 1989, when Frank Viola of the New York Mets opposed Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Both Dickey and Price won 20 games last season but have combined to go 3-8 with a 5.81 ERA this year.
Traded to Toronto (13-22) in December, Dickey (2-5, 5.36 ERA) is hoping to regain the form that helped him win the NL Cy Young Award with the Mets in 2012. The right-hander enters at risk of suffering his worst losing streak since early in the 2011 season.
Dickey lost his third consecutive start and was booed off the mound by the home crowd Saturday after allowing seven runs and a season-high three home runs in six innings of an 8-1 loss to Seattle.
"I did hear them, it was hard not to," said Dickey, who was pitching on an extra day of rest because of lingering neck and back soreness. "They were pretty animated. You can't blame them."
The knuckleballer outpitched Price in his last start against the Rays, allowing only an infield single as he went the distance in a 9-1 victory at Tropicana Field on June 13. That win saw Dickey run his scoreless innings streak to 32 2-3 to break the Mets' record.
Price was tagged for seven runs and nine hits that night in one of his worst efforts of his AL Cy Young Award season, but he's already had a few performances like that in 2013.
The worst came Saturday as he gave up a career-high nine earned runs and 11 hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 9-3 loss at Colorado.
The Rays (15-18) have dropped six of his first seven starts. Price (1-3, 6.25) has allowed a .302 batting average and eight home runs after limiting opponents to .226 and 16 homers last season.
"He's just been such a dominant pitcher over the years it's definitely weird to see that he's struggling so much," outfielder Matt Joyce said. "I think for him, once he gets that confidence or feeling that he needs or is looking for, he's going to take off."
Price is 11-2 with a 1.83 ERA in his past 13 starts against the Blue Jays, though he's lost the last two at home.
Jose Bautista is 11 for 31 (.355) with four homers against Price but enters this matchup homerless in 10 games since April 17. Melky Cabrera is 4 for 9 off Price and has been on a tear, going 10 for 18 with four RBIs over the last four games.
Bautista went hitless Wednesday as the Blue Jays had a season-high three-game winning streak snapped with a 10-4 loss. Toronto, which came from behind to beat the Rays on Monday and Tuesday, is looking to win a series at Tropicana Field for the first time since winning two of three April 6-8, 2007.
Evan Longoria is 6 for 12 with two homers and seven RBIs in this series and batting .500 with 13 RBIs in his last seven versus Toronto.
Kelly Johnson, 3 for 4 with a homer on Wednesday, is 15 for 35 with 12 RBIs over his last nine games.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 3:37:56 AM EST|