|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )
|909||TORONTO||-110||Ov 8.5,+100||+100||Ov 8.5,-105|
|910||TAMPA BAY||+100||Un 8.5,-120||-110||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-26||+4.8||26-28||4.7||0.247||0.316||4.3||0.250||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||3-4||5.6||0.246||0.313||3.9||0.241||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-27||-4.4||29-21||4.6||0.258||0.326||4.8||0.252||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||2-5||4.7||0.300||0.361||3.0||0.219||0.305|
|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)||1-5||L||125||8 un||U||6||11||0||11||14||0|
|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)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||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||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ 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 (38-37) at Tampa Bay (40-37), 12:10 p.m. EDT
The return of star Jose Reyes might be what the Toronto Blue Jays need to help avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Out since mid-April with a sprained left ankle, the veteran shortstop will be activated from the disabled Wednesday when the visiting Blue Jays try to salvage the finale against a Rays team looking for its fourth consecutive win.
Toronto (38-38) entered this series averaging 6.4 runs and 8.7 hits during a franchise-tying 11-game winning streak, but it's totaled two and 10 hits in the first two. Losers in four straight at Tropicana Field, the Blue Jays have not won any of its last 19 road series against the Rays (41-37).
Reyes, however, could provide a spark to help the club get back on track.
"I'm very excited about it," he said. "I missed two months of doing what I love to do and now I know I'm going to be on the field one more time around my team."
Reyes hit .395 with a homer and five RBIs in 10 games when he was injured April 12 at Kansas City.
"He's one of those centerpieces of our team," manager John Gibbons said. "Before he got hurt he was great. He was playing really well. He's been gone a while and now maybe he can put us over the top. We'll see."
Scheduled starter R.A. Dickey (6-8, 5.15 ERA) was another of Toronto's high-profile offseason acquisitions but has been inconsistent in 2013.
The knuckleballer is 2-1 in four June starts despite a 5.01 ERA over those outings. He gave up a run in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-1 win at Texas on June 15, then allowed six and three home runs in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 7-6 win over Baltimore on Friday.
"I had a pretty good knuckleball going into the game, threw a couple of hangers up there and they got punished in bad situations," he said.
The right-hander has allowed 10 hits and no homers while going 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his last three starts versus Tampa Bay. He's yielded six runs - four earned - and worked around nine walks in 14 innings to go 1-0 against the Rays in 2013.
Slugger Jose Bautista went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's 5-1 defeat, and is 1 for 15 in the last four at Tropicana Field.
Wil Myers drove in his eighth run in nine career games for Rays, who have won five of seven. He's 3 for 8 and also has a homer in the series.
Tampa Bay's Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 5.14) looks to avoid losing three straight starts for the second time in 2013. The right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 6-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
Hernandez is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts versus Toronto. He gave up a solo homer to Adam Lind, four other hits and struck out seven in six innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays on May 7.
He's yielded two earned runs and eight hits over 14 2-3 innings to win both of his interleague starts in 2013.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 9:00:34 AM EST|