|TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )|
TORONTO ( ROGERS )
|965||TAMPA BAY||-135||Ov 8.5,+105||-130||Ov 8.5,+100|
|966||TORONTO||+125||Un 8.5,-125||+120||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-31||-3||33-29||4.5||0.256||0.325||4.5||0.246||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+2.8||1-6||4.1||0.268||0.333||2.3||0.211||0.237|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-13||-1.2||16-9||4.9||0.266||0.316||5.2||0.266||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||5-2||4.9||0.280||0.351||4.9||0.225||0.295|
|7/5/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||8-3||W||-205||8 un||O||14||13||0||10||7||0|
|7/6/2013||MOORE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-0||W||-135||7 un||U||6||8||0||6||7||1|
|7/7/2013||PRICE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-1||W||-230||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||8||5||0|
|7/19/2013||PRICE(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|7/21/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|7/22/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BOSTON|| || |
|7/24/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/9/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||0-3||L||-115||9 un||U||8||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/10/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||5-4||W||135||8.5 ov||O||6||6||1||9||10||2|
|7/11/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-4||L||-120||8.5 un||U||5||5||1||8||8||0|
|7/12/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||5-8||L||125||9 un||O||14||9||0||9||1||0|
|7/13/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||7-3||W||140||9.5 ov||O||12||5||0||7||8||0|
|7/14/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)||4-7||L||110||9.5 un||O||9||6||0||8||3||0|
|7/19/2013||ROGERS(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/20/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||DICKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/22/2013|| ||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|7/23/2013|| ||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|7/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Tampa Bay (55-41) at Toronto (45-49), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Though David Price didn't win his last start, he continues to throw the ball well for the wild card-leading Tampa Bay Rays.
That's usually been the case when he pitches in Toronto.
In position to record a third straight complete game, Price looks to help the Rays improve their division opponents while personally trying to remain unbeaten against the underachieving Blue Jays on the road Friday night.
Price (3-5, 3.94 ERA) is 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA since missing almost two months with a triceps strain. He allowed two first-inning runs and finished with 87 pitches in last Friday's 2-1 loss to Houston when Jarred Cosart took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his major league debut.
"That's three (starts) in a row where he's been pretty much the same guy," manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official website.
Price is 6-0 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts at Rogers Centre, but his last against the Blue Jays (45-49) came at home, where he allowed four runs - two earned - in eight innings of a 5-4, 10-inning victory May 9.
Tampa Bay starters have posted a 1.91 ERA while recording a club-record 15 straight quality starts.
Winners in 14 of 16, the Rays are 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Boston. However, they are 20-24 against AL East opponents, including 5-5 versus Toronto.
"We have to do better against the East," said Maddon, whose team begins a 10-game trip that also stops at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. "If we come out of the break, hold our own, get this thing rolling again in the right direction, we can make a lot of noise in the second half."
For that to happen, star third baseman Evan Longoria likely needs to get untracked.
Dealing with plantar fasciitis, Longoria has hit .136 with a homer and five RBIs in his last 18 games. He hit .500 (14 for 28) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his first seven against the Blue Jays, but went 1 for 8 with four strikeouts last month when the Rays took two of three at home.
Teammate James Loney is batting .324 this season versus Toronto, which is 7-13 since its franchise-tying 11-game winning streak.
Saddled with lofty expectations during the offseason, the Blue Jays are last in East - 11 1/2 games back and 8 1/2 out of the second wild-card spot.
"We know it's not going to be easy, because the division is so tough," shortstop Jose Reyes told the Blue Jays' official website. "But if we play consistent baseball and take it one game at a time, I think we'll be fine."
Reyes, who missed more than two months with an ankle injury, has batted .322 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 28 games.
All-Star Jose Bautista is batting .353 (12 for 34) with four home runs versus Price, but is 3 for 32 (.094) with none in his last eight contests.
Even with veterans R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson in the rotation, Toronto starters rank 29th with a 5.07 ERA.
Scheduled starter Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.64) is 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA in his last four, but yielded one run and struck out seven over six innings of a 5-4 win at Cleveland on July 10.
The right-hander gave up four runs, including consecutive homers to Loney, Wil Myers and Sam Fuld in the second inning of a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on June 24.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 5:22:49 PM EST|