|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
PHILADELPHIA ( PIVETTA )
|977||TORONTO||-110||Ov 8.5,-115||-115||Ov 7.5,-125|
|978||PHILADELPHIA||+100||Un 8.5,-105||+105||Un 7.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-16||-0.9||16-12||4.9||0.230||0.305||0.404||0.709||5.3||0.271||0.339||0.447||0.786|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-2||3.3||0.200||0.267||0.350||0.617||5.3||0.245||0.328||0.407||0.735|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-4||+4.8||5-7||5.5||0.254||0.336||0.436||0.772||2.9||0.225||0.277||0.360||0.637|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||2-5||3.3||0.202||0.276||0.359||0.635||3.0||0.233||0.276||0.328||0.604|
|5/15/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ NY METS||SYNDERGAARD(R)||2-12||L||140||7.5 un||O||6||6||1||16||7||0|
|5/16/2018||HAPP(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||12-1||W||-140||7 ev||O||15||9||0||4||3||0|
|5/22/2018||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||5-3||W||+100||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||4||2||1|
|5/23/2018||SANCHEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||4-5||L||+105||9 ov||P||9||8||1||9||13||0|
|5/24/2018||ESTRADA(R)||LA ANGELS||TROPEANO(R)||1-8||L||+125||9 ov||P||5||3||1||12||8||0|
|5/25/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EFLIN(R)||6-5||W||105||9 ev||O||11||5||0||7||7||1|
|5/26/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||1-2||L||165||8.5 ev||U||3||3||0||6||5||0|
|5/27/2018||HAPP(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)|| |
|5/28/2018||SANCHEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||PRICE(L)|| |
|5/29/2018||ESTRADA(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|5/30/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|6/1/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ DETROIT|| || |
|6/2/2018|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|6/3/2018|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|5/13/2018||NOLA(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||4-2||W||-125||6.5 ov||U||8||9||0||11||9||0|
|5/16/2018||PIVETTA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CASHNER(R)||4-1||W||-110||10 un||U||9||7||0||4||5||0|
|5/17/2018||VELASQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)||6-2||W||125||8.5 un||U||11||7||0||10||11||0|
|5/18/2018||ARRIETA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-12||L||105||7.5 ov||O||7||5||3||15||7||0|
|5/19/2018||EFLIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GANT(R)||7-6||W||105||9.5 un||O||7||6||2||7||5||2|
|5/20/2018||NOLA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)||1-5||L||-120||8 ev||U||2||4||1||10||6||0|
|5/28/2018||VELASQUEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)|| |
|5/29/2018||ARRIETA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||STEWART(R)|| |
|5/30/2018||EFLIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||STRIPLING(R)|| |
|5/31/2018||NOLA(R)||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|6/1/2018||PIVETTA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|6/2/2018|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|6/3/2018|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|TORONTO: 2017: 76-86, fourth place.
MANAGER: John Gibbons (sixth season of second stint, 11th overall with Blue Jays).
ADDITIONS: LHP Jaime Garcia, OF Randal Grichuk, OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, INF Yangervis Solarte, INF Aledmys Diaz, RHP John Axford, RHP Tyler Clippard, INF Danny Espinosa, RHP Taylor Guerrieri, INF Gift Ngoepe, LHP Sam Moll, RHP Sam Gaviglio.
SUBTRACTIONS: OF Jose Bautista, OF Ezequiel Carrera, RHP Dominic Leone, LHP Brett Anderson, INF Darwin Barney, RHP Leonel Campos, OF Darrell Ceciliani, RHP Taylor Cole, INF Ryan Goins, C Raffy Lopez, RHP Tom Koehler, RHP Dominic Leone, C Miguel Montero, INF Rob Refsnyder, OF Michael Saunders, RHP Bo Schultz, RHP Cesar Valdez.
OUTLOOK: The powerful Yankees and reigning division champion Red Sox are considered playoff favorites in the AL East, so the expectation is the Blue Jays will be left to compete for the second wild card. If Donaldson and Smoak help the offense rebound from last season's injury-induced stumble, when Toronto scored an AL-low 693 runs, and the starting pitching stays strong and healthy, the Blue Jays might be able to mount a playoff push. Health concerns remain plentiful, however. Besides Tulowitzki's troublesome heel, Travis will need scheduled downtime to rest his surgically repaired right knee. Stroman was slowed by a sore shoulder in spring training, and Sanchez will be closely monitored after making just eight starts last year because of blister issues.
|PHILADELPHIA: 2017 66-96, fifth place
MANAGER Gabe Kapler (first season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Jake Arrieta, 1B Carlos Santana, RHP Pat Neshek, RHP Tommy Hunter
SUBTRACTIONS: Manager Pete Mackanin, SS Freddy Galvis, INF Andres Blanco, OF Daniel Nava, OF Hyun Soo Kim, RHP Clay Buchholz, 1B Tommy Joseph
OUTLOOK: The decision to sign Arrieta signals the rebuild is over. The Phillies added Santana, Neshek and Hunter to a talented young roster in hopes of being competitive. A month into spring training, they added Arrieta because management thinks it's time to contend. The lineup has the potential to be dynamic if the young hitters continue to emerge and Santana does what he did in Cleveland. The bullpen should be formidable with Hunter-Neshek-Neris at the back end. If Arrieta regains his old form, Nola lives up to his promise and a couple of other starters take steps forward, the Phillies cannot only end their five-year run of losing seasons but maybe even make a surprise push for a postseason berth.
|Blue Jays' Happ at home pitching in Philadelphia|
J.A. Happ will be familiar with his surroundings when he takes the mound Sunday in Philadelphia.
The Toronto Blue Jays left-hander will be making his 20th career start and 30th appearance at Citizens Bank Park, facing the team he debuted with in 2007. Happ will try to pitch the Blue Jays to a series win against the Phillies in the finale of a three-game set.
Happ (6-3, 3.97 ERA), 35, has been a reliable arm for the Blue Jays this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six of his 10 outings, and Toronto is 7-3 in his starts. Happ has a 1.102 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 59 innings.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the veteran is "as steady as you can be."
"He's old reliable. He just does his job, doesn't talk a whole lot, just goes out there. He's kind of reinvented himself, too," Gibbons said. "He used to be strictly a power guy. Command was an issue for him. Then he made some adjustments, and he has a much better feel for pitching. Doesn't throw as hard as he used to, but he can still throw it by some pretty good hitters."
Happ has been phenomenal in his last two starts after allowing seven runs against the Seattle Mariners on May 10. He has given up just two runs, five hits and three walks in his last two outings -- wins over the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels.
Sunday's start will be Happ's fifth against the Phillies, and he has been dominant against the team that drafted him. Happ is 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA when facing his former team. The Phillies have a .174 batting average and .566 OPS against him.
Nick Pivetta will start for the Phillies in the series finale, trying to keep them atop the National League East. The Phillies (29-20) have a half-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the division after Saturday's win. It's the latest the Phillies have been in first place since they won the NL East in 2011.
Pivetta is coming off one of his best starts of the season. He threw seven shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, striking out seven.
Pivetta has been excellent in three starts after a rough outing against the Washington Nationals on May 4. Pivetta has combined to allow just one run, 10 hits and two walks in his last three times on the mound. He has 25 strikeouts during that 19-inning stretch.
"Games like Washington are going to happen. It's really what you do after that when you're really going to find yourself," Pivetta told MLB.com after his last outing. "It's just going out there, 'What do I need to do?' Having fun in the game still. We're winning, playing great, just build off the energy that we have going on in here. It makes my life a lot easier. I don't have to think about a lot of things."
Pivetta, a second-year major leaguer, has never faced the Blue Jays.
|Last Updated: 6/24/2018 3:16:18 PM EST|