|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
TAMPA BAY ( MOORE )
|965||TORONTO||+130||Ov 8,-105||+125||Ov 8,-105|
|966||TAMPA BAY||-140||Un 8,-115||-135||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-11||-2.5||13-7||4.6||0.265||0.301||5.4||0.270||0.339|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||3-4||5.7||0.241||0.302||3.1||0.218||0.263|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-10||+0.1||12-9||5.0||0.261||0.326||3.8||0.224||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-4||+0.2||2-6||3.7||0.265||0.317||3.5||0.230||0.308|
|6/11/2013||WANG(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-5||W||110||9.5 ev||O||13||9||0||11||6||3|
|6/13/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-1||W||215||9 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||1|
|6/14/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||8-0||W||115||9.5 un||U||11||3||0||5||3||0|
|6/15/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||6-1||W||105||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||9||11||1|
|6/16/2013||WANG(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||7-2||W||182||10 ov||U||12||6||1||8||11||0|
|6/17/2013||JOHNSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-0||W||-165||9 un||U||3||2||0||5||8||0|
|6/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-4||L||130||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||8||5||0|
|6/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||WANG(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|6/28/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|6/13/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||1-10||L||-140||7.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||5||1|
|6/14/2013||MOORE(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||2-7||L||-165||8 un||O||7||7||0||10||7||0|
|6/15/2013||COBB(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-3||W||-170||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||8||9||1|
|6/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-5||L||-145||8 un||P||7||8||1||11||10||0|
|6/18/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||1-5||L||105||10 un||U||6||8||1||8||8||0|
|6/18/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||1-3||L||140||10 un||U||4||3||0||7||6||0|
|6/19/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||6-2||W||120||9.5 un||U||15||10||0||7||5||1|
|6/20/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||8-3||W||-105||8 un||O||14||7||0||6||5||1|
|6/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||2-6||L||100||9 un||U||9||9||0||11||3||0|
|6/22/2013||COLOME(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-7||L||140||8 un||O||7||2||2||7||10||1|
|6/23/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||3-1||W||105||9 ov||U||9||12||1||7||7||0|
|7/1/2013||MOORE(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (38-36) at Tampa Bay (39-37), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays failed to record the longest winning streak in team history, but they're plenty confident going forward, especially knowing Jose Reyes is about to come back.
A day before the possible return of their star shortstop, the visiting Blue Jays try to bounce back from their first defeat in two weeks as they face Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Riding the majors' longest winning streak since Detroit won 12 straight in 2011, Toronto (38-37) was held to four hits in 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday.
The Blue Jays could only match the club record of 11 consecutive victories, previously achieved in 1987 and 1998.
"I think that, to go on that streak, we had to believe that we were able to do that," catcher J.P. Arencibia said. "I don't think the belief has changed at all. We had a good run, game over, and come back (Tuesday)."
Jose Bautista drove home the lone run for the Blue Jays, who hadn't lost since June 10 to the Chicago White Sox. Toronto's confidence should grow with Reyes set to return to the mix.
The Blue Jays said they plan to activate him from the disabled list on Wednesday. Hitting .395 when he suffered a sprained ankle April 12, Reyes made a rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo on Monday and is scheduled to appear in a Double-A game Tuesday.
"He's playing pretty good and he's feeling pretty good," manager John Gibbons told the Blue Jays' official website.
Bautista, meanwhile, is batting .143 in his last 11 games but has six RBIs over the past three.
He's 2 for 6 against Moore (9-3, 4.13 ERA), who allowed 20 runs and 26 hits in 12 1-3 innings to lose three straight starts before ending that skid Thursday. He gave up three runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings of an 8-3 win at Yankee Stadium.
"When he's able to command his pitches and throw strikes, he's as good as it gets," New York's Brett Gardner told the Yankees' official website.
The left-hander, who turned 24 last Tuesday, is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in five starts against the Blue Jays. Moore beat them on May 8, when the only runs he allowed in five innings of a 10-4 victory came on Edwin Encarnacion's two-run homer.
Encarnacion was hitless Monday after batting .400 in the previous five games with three homers, three doubles and eight RBIs. He's walked in half of his 14 plate appearances against Moore.
Toronto counters with Mark Buehrle (4-4, 4.60), 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last three starts.
The left-hander overcame eight hits to allow two runs in five innings of a 5-2 victory over Colorado on Wednesday.
"There were just a lot of pitches I got away with," he said. "Earlier in the season that wasn't happening. Those pitches were getting hit for home runs and getting us down in a hole early."
Buehrle, who threw a perfect game against the Rays (40-37) in 2009 for the White Sox, has a 6.23 ERA without a decision in two starts versus Tampa Bay this season.
Rays rookie Wil Myers had two hits Monday, including one of his team's three homers. The highly touted prospect, who came over from Kansas City in the James Shields deal, is batting .294 with two home runs and seven RBIs in eight games since making his major league debut last Tuesday.
"He's very comfortable," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's not overwhelmed whatsoever."
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:34:32 PM EST|