|TAMPA BAY ( COBB )|
TORONTO ( ORTIZ )
|915||TAMPA BAY||-120||Ov 9,-120||-135||Ov 9.5,+105|
|916||TORONTO||+110||Un 9,+100||+125||Un 9.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-15||-4.1||18-7||4.9||0.256||0.330||5.1||0.254||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||5-2||5.7||0.279||0.357||5.7||0.237||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-18||-3.8||16-15||4.1||0.236||0.308||4.7||0.257||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.8||5-2||6.4||0.292||0.358||4.6||0.254||0.307|
|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)||5-7||L||135||9 un||O||7||7||1||8||6||0|
|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||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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)||7-5||W||-145||9 un||O||8||6||0||7||7||1|
|5/21/2013||ORTIZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*Rays-Blue Jays Preview* ========================
Tampa Bay (23-20) at Toronto (17-26), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Evan Longoria has hit safely in every game since he saw the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month.
His production, however, hasn't always been enough to help the Tampa Bay Rays in the season series.
Longoria is enjoying a career-high 14-game hitting streak and a 23-game run of reaching base heading into Tuesday night's matchup as his Rays try to end the Blue Jays' four-game home win streak.
The third baseman began his hitting streak in the season's first meeting with Toronto (18-26) - an 8-7 loss on May 6 - and is batting .393 with three homers and 14 RBIs during it. He is also hitting .383 with 19 RBIs, 20 runs scored and a .649 slugging percentage over his previous 23 contests, and last failed to reach base April 24 against the Yankees.
"It's the best baseball I've seen him play day in and day out, offensively and defensively," manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official website before the start of this series. "Everything about his game has been superb, and it's been fun to watch."
Longoria has never faced Toronto's Ramon Ortiz (1-2, 2.35 ERA), who will start for the third time after making none since July 10, 2011.
Ortiz has allowed one run in each of the season's first two starts, pitching seven innings in Wednesday's 11-3 victory over San Francisco. It marked the veteran right-hander's first win as a starter since 2007, with Minnesota.
"The key right now is that I have a lot of confidence in all my pitches," he said. "When you have confidence in your pitch, you can throw it any count and that's what we are doing right now."
He'll still have to be careful pitching to Longoria, who is 11 for 21 with two homers and 10 RBIs in the season series, with two hits and two RBIs in Monday's 7-5 loss that opened this three-game set.
Tampa Bay (23-21) is 2-3 against Toronto after going 14-4 in last season's series. The Rays are 7-2 against all other teams during Longoria's hit streak.
The Rays bullpen has been a major culprit in the defeats to the Blue Jays, yielding 14 runs over 10 innings. Toronto scored four times in its final two innings Monday against Tampa Bay relievers, with Edwin Encarnacion doubling in three runs to snap a seventh-inning tie.
Former Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar hit a meaningless two-run homer in the ninth. Booed by the crowd of 29,885, Escobar thumped his chest and made an exaggerated safe sign as he crossed the plate, prompting more jeers.
"The booing probably promoted the reaction that he had," Maddon said. "I'm going to talk to him about that. I'm certain you're not going to see that again."
Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is hitting .407 over his last 13 games, going 9 for 23 against the Rays this season.
J.P. Arencibia will likely return to the lineup after manager John Gibbons gave the Toronto catcher Monday off.
The Rays will start right-hander Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.89), who is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA on the road compared to 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA at home.
Cobb won his lone career start against Toronto by yielding one run over seven innings in a 3-2 home victory Aug. 8.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:47:11 PM EST|