|TAMPA BAY ( MOORE )|
TORONTO ( REDMOND )
|965||TAMPA BAY||-165||Ov 7.5,-115||-185||Ov 7.5,-105|
|966||TORONTO||+155||Un 7.5,-105||+175||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-47||+1.1||52-50||4.2||0.256||0.326||4.2||0.242||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.1||4-3||4.6||0.267||0.316||3.0||0.213||0.295|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-23||-5.1||24-18||4.6||0.266||0.319||5.1||0.260||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||3-4||3.9||0.254||0.305||3.9||0.255||0.298|
|9/15/2013||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||4-6||L||-220||7.5 un||O||6||8||0||10||5||1|
|9/24/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-0||W||-105||7.5 un||U||9||6||0||4||11||2|
|9/25/2013||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||8-3||W||-160||7.5 un||O||15||9||0||8||7||2|
|9/26/2013||COBB(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||4-0||W||-130||7.5 un||U||11||6||0||3||3||0|
|9/27/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||3-6||L||-130||7.5 ov||O||7||5||3||8||7||2|
|9/28/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||2-7||L||-165||7.5 ov||O||6||4||0||12||8||0|
|9/29/2013||MOORE(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-0||W||+105||8 un||U||9||8||1||5||7||0|
|9/18/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||+100||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||9||7||0|
|9/19/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-2||W||+110||8 un||P||10||8||0||5||4||0|
|9/20/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-6||L||187||8.5 ev||O||10||9||0||12||8||2|
|9/21/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||4-2||W||135||8 un||U||9||7||1||5||4||1|
|9/22/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-5||L||140||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||6||1||0|
|9/23/2013||HAPP(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||135||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||8||10||0|
|9/24/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-2||W||160||8 un||U||9||8||0||10||10||0|
|9/25/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||5-9||L||130||8 ev||O||15||14||0||13||7||2|
|9/26/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||2-3||L||115||7.5 un||U||6||7||0||9||3||2|
|9/27/2013||DICKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||6-3||W||+120||7.5 ov||O||8||7||2||7||5||3|
|9/28/2013||HAPP(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||7-2||W||+155||7.5 ov||O||12||8||0||6||4||0|
|9/29/2013||REDMOND(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|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 (90-70) at Toronto (73-87), 1:07 p.m. EDT
Taking their playoff fate down to the last game of the regular season is nothing new for the Tampa Bay Rays.
After dropping the first two in Toronto, the Rays remain eager for the chance to potentially earn an AL wild-card berth with a victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Tampa Bay (90-71) carried a seven-game winning streak and owned a one-game lead in the wild-card race heading to Toronto, but it's been outscored 13-5 in the first two of the set. That's allowed streaking Cleveland to move one-game ahead of the Rays for the overall wild-card lead and surging Texas to tie them for the second spot.
Tampa Bay has been in control of at least one playoff spot since July 7, but a loss in the finale could dash its postseason dreams. The Rays, though, are still in control of their postseason destiny.
If Cleveland beats Minnesota, and Tampa Bay and Texas remain tied after Sunday's games, the Rays and Rangers would meet in a one-game playoff for the second wild-card spot Monday in Arlington. Should the Rays win Sunday, and Indians and Rangers both lose, Tampa Bay would host Cleveland in Wednesday's wild-card game based on a 4-2 regular-season record between the clubs.
If all three finish the regular season tied, the tiebreaking scenario would have the Indians hosting the Rays on Monday, with the winner earning one wild-card berth and the loser playing at Texas on Tuesday for the final spot.
"I'm excited for (Sunday)," said Rays star Evan Longoria, who is 1 for 8 in the set. "We like to make it interesting, that's for sure."
Tampa Bay won the wild card on the final day of the 2011 season when Longoria's 12th-inning homer beat the New York Yankees to cap a seven-run comeback. Boston's loss at Baltimore that night put the Rays into the postseason.
"We've been here before, we've been in these moments," manager Joe Maddon said after Saturday's 7-2 loss. "We never do things seemingly easily so let's just play (Sunday) and see what happens.
"I'm totally confident in our guys. I really believe that you're going to see the best side of (scheduled starter) Matt Moore (Sunday)."
Moore (16-4, 3.23 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA against the Blue Jays this season, and owns a 2.97 ERA in six career starts in the series.
After yielding six runs in four innings of an 8-2 loss to Texas on Sept. 19, the left-hander allowed three hits and overcame six walks and three wild-pitches to last five in a 7-0 win at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.
"You cannot be more effectively wild than he was," Maddon said.
The Rays have hit .197 in the first two games at Toronto (74-87), and could face a stiff test against St. Petersburg, Fla. native Todd Redmond (4-2, 3.77) on Sunday.
"We have a chance to knock them out," said Redmond, whose parents were once Rays season-ticket holders. "That's baseball. Hopefully we can pull it off."
Redmond, who allowed a homer to Longoria in six innings of a 2-1, 10-inning loss at Tropicana Field on Aug. 18, is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five starts overall. He's yielded two or fewer runs in each of the last three, most recently Tuesday when he gave up a pair of solo homers in 5 2-3 innings of a 3-2, 10-inning victory at Baltimore.
"I didn't have my best stuff compared to my last couple of outings, but I was able to battle," Redmond told the Blue Jays' official website. "That's part of pitching, you have to learn how to deal with the ups and downs."
With two hits and three RBIs on Saturday, Toronto's Adam Lind is 8 for 18 (.444) with six RBIs in his last five games versus Tampa Bay.
He's 1 for 7 with three strikeouts against Moore.
|Last Updated: 2/17/2018 9:40:20 PM EST|