|TAMPA BAY ( ODORIZZI )|
TORONTO ( DICKEY )
|965||TAMPA BAY||+140||Ov 9,+100||+140||Ov 9,-105|
|966||TORONTO||-150||Un 9,-120||-150||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-14||-3.1||17-7||4.9||0.258||0.331||5.0||0.253||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||4-3||5.6||0.286||0.365||5.0||0.226||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-18||-4.8||15-15||4.0||0.235||0.305||4.7||0.258||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.8||4-3||5.4||0.264||0.316||4.6||0.268||0.320|
|5/10/2013||COBB(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-3||W||-175||8 ev||O||8||8||0||5||7||2|
|5/11/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||8-7||W||-140||8 un||O||10||6||1||6||4||1|
|5/12/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-2||W||-150||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||6||6||0|
|5/17/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||12-10||W||100||9 un||O||17||8||0||13||3||1|
|5/18/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JURRJENS(R)||10-6||W||-110||9 ev||O||11||6||0||13||10||0|
|5/19/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-1||W||-110||8.5 ov||U||7||7||0||5||5||1|
|5/20/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||COBB(R)||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/24/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||MOORE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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)||4-5||L||140||7.5 un||O||8||7||0||9||9||1|
|5/10/2013||ORTIZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||0-5||L||190||9.5 ov||U||1||1||2||10||9||0|
|5/11/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||3-2||W||180||9.5 ov||U||8||5||1||7||8||0|
|5/12/2013||JENKINS(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||12-4||W||200||9.5 un||O||12||2||0||10||8||1|
|5/14/2013||DICKEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-6||W||-135||9 un||O||18||9||0||10||7||2|
|5/15/2013||ORTIZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||11-3||W||+105||10 un||O||11||8||1||10||9||2|
|5/17/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-5||L||120||8.5 ov||U||4||4||0||8||5||0|
|5/18/2013||MORROW(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||2-7||L||110||8.5 ov||O||8||7||2||8||3||0|
|5/20/2013||DICKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||ORTIZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Blue Jays Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (22-20) at Toronto (17-26), 1:07 p.m. EDT
A rainout this weekend gives R.A. Dickey the chance to help the Toronto Blue Jays get back to their winning ways while earning another victory at home.
The Blue Jays' next opponent, though, has had plenty of success in Toronto lately.
The surging Tampa Bay Rays will seek their 13th win in 18 games at Rogers Centre on Monday while denying the Blue Jays a fourth consecutive home victory and fifth in seven overall contests.
Dickey (3-5, 4.83 ERA) was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday's series finale against the Yankees, but rain in New York pushed the knuckleballer's start back to Monday. Toronto (17-26) was likely happy to leave the area after dropping back-to-back games following a season-best four consecutive victories.
The Blue Jays were outscored 12-2 in those two games in New York after posting a 36-15 margin in their previous four.
Getting back on track, however, could prove difficult against Tampa Bay, winner in nine of 11. The Rays (23-20) completed a three-game sweep in Baltimore with a 3-1 victory Sunday.
"To come in here (and get a sweep) indicates how much better we've been playing," manager Joe Maddon said.
The Rays have outscored the Blue Jays 93-54 in their last 17 road games in the series but needed to win their final two games against Toronto to salvage a four-game split at home earlier this month.
Those two victories kick-started Tampa Bay's current surge, and Jake Odorizzi will try to help the Rays keep rolling in his debut with the club.
The right-hander, taking the place of injured ace David Price, was acquired from Kansas City in December in the deal that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.
Odorizzi, 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Durham this season, was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in his first two major league starts in September, both against Cleveland.
"Hopefully he gets at least five or six innings in there," Maddon told the team's website. "He's not intimidated by all this stuff. He's got a nice way about him. He has a confidence about him. He's not over-amped about the whole thing. So for all those different reasons, I think he's going to be just fine."
Dickey, meanwhile, will try to build on his first win in five outings. He struck out a season-high 10 and gave up two runs over six innings in a 10-6 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday.
In his previous start, he allowed three runs over six innings to Tampa Bay but Toronto failed to hold a lead in a 5-4 defeat in 10 innings. Dickey is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last two starts against the Rays.
"I faced Tampa two starts ago, so they're pretty fresh in my mind and I have some notes that I'll reflect on," Dickey told the team's website. "But outside of that, I pretty much know what I need to do to be successful."
Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria doubled off the right-hander in that game as part of his career-high, 13-game hit streak. Longoria, batting .385 (20 for 52) during that run, is 17 for 33 (.515) during an eight-game hit streak against the Blue Jays.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 3:32:09 PM EST|