|TORONTO ( ROWLEY )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|921||TORONTO||+187||Ov 8.5,-120||+180||Ov 8,-105|
|922||TAMPA BAY||-205||Un 8.5,+100||-190||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-46||-3.3||46-43||4.5||0.244||0.316||0.409||0.724||4.8||0.254||0.325||0.408||0.732|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||3-4||3.7||0.217||0.280||0.365||0.645||4.1||0.261||0.342||0.392||0.734|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-44||-2.2||42-46||4.3||0.250||0.318||0.421||0.740||4.2||0.234||0.299||0.382||0.681|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||2-5||3.1||0.224||0.308||0.392||0.701||4.0||0.233||0.293||0.401||0.694|
|8/8/2017||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-2||W||-135||9 ov||U||10||8||0||7||10||2|
|8/9/2017||TEPESCH(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-11||L||+155||9 ev||O||6||9||0||17||8||1|
|8/10/2017||ESTRADA(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||4-0||W||+130||8.5 ov||U||5||4||0||6||11||1|
|8/14/2017||TEPESCH(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||2-1||W||-105||10 ev||U||5||7||0||4||9||0|
|8/15/2017||ESTRADA(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||4-6||L||-105||9.5 ev||O||8||5||2||13||13||1|
|8/16/2017||STROMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)||3-2||W||-130||8.5 ov||U||7||5||0||7||9||0|
|8/17/2017||ROWLEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-3||W||+145||9 un||U||6||3||0||11||14||0|
|8/18/2017||HAPP(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||4-7||L||180||9 un||O||10||7||0||13||7||0|
|8/19/2017||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||3-4||L||220||9.5 ov||U||6||6||1||8||7||2|
|8/20/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||5-6||L||150||9 ev||O||8||10||0||8||9||1|
|8/22/2017||ROWLEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||HAPP(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|8/27/2017|| ||MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|8/14/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TORONTO||TEPESCH(R)||1-2||L||-105||10 ev||U||4||9||0||5||7||0|
|8/15/2017||SNELL(L)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||6-4||W||-105||9.5 ev||O||13||13||1||8||5||2|
|8/16/2017||FARIA(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||2-3||L||120||8.5 ov||U||7||9||0||7||5||0|
|8/17/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||ROWLEY(R)||3-5||L||-155||9 un||U||11||14||0||6||3||0|
|8/25/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||SNELL(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|TORONTO: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: John Gibbons (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, IF/OF Steve Pearce, IF Lourdes Gurriel, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Joe Smith
Who's gone? 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Michael Saunders, C Josh Thole, C Dioner Navarro, OF Junior Lake, RHP R.A. Dickey, LHP Brett Cecil, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Projected lineup: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), RF Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), DH Kendrys Morales (.263, 30, 93 with Royals), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), 1B Justin Smoak (.217, 14, 34), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53, 14 SB), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23)
Rotation: RH Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA), LH J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18), RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37), RH Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00), LH Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.69 with Pirates and Blue Jays)
Key relievers: RH Roberto Osuna (4-3, 2.68, 36/42 SV), RH Jason Grilli (6-4, 3.64), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06), LH J.P. Howell (1-1, 4.09 with Dodgers), RH Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 with Angels), LH Aaron Loup (0-0, 5.02)
Hot spots: bullpen. The Blue Jays signed only a couple high-profile free agents (retaining Bautista, adding Morales) and brought in many lower-profile veterans mostly to compete for bullpen jobs. Howell and Smith, signed to low-risk deals, are all but guaranteed jobs. But what of Dominic Leone, Mat Latos, Mike Bolsinger, Lucas Harrell and Leonel Campos? Toronto seems to be crowd-sourcing its middle innings with low-risk, right-handed options. Up to a half-dozen pitchers could be competing for one or two jobs.
Outlook: The Blue Jays' roster is enviably balanced, albeit among the older ones in the league. Toronto led the AL in ERA last year. Their entire starting rotation returns, and their veteran bullpen is set up well to support second-year closer Osuna. Ironically, the youngest player in the Jays' starting lineup, 26-year-old Travis, has the biggest health concern of the bunch. He didn't appear in a spring training game until recently because of offseason knee surgery. Encarnacion, who was good for .270/30/100 every year, will be missed. The question now is whether Morales (33), Bautista (36), Tulowitzki (32) and Martin (34) are still close enough to their primes to power another playoff run.
|TAMPA BAY: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Kevin Cash (third season)
Who's new? OF Colby Rasmus, OF/1B Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jumbo Diaz, C Wilson Ramos, C Derek Norris, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Who's gone? 2B Logan Forsythe, IF/OF Steve Pearce, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Mikie Mahtook, C Hank Conger, IF/OF Taylor Motter, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Steve Geltz, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, RHP Dylan Floro
Projected lineup: DH Corey Dickerson (.245, 24, 70), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.246, 12, 37, 21 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (.273, 36, 98), 2B Brad Miller (.243, 30, 81), RF Steven Souza (.247, 17, 49), LF Colby Rasmus (.206, 15, 54 with Astros), SS Tim Beckham (.247, 5, 16), 1B Logan Morrison (.238, 14, 43), C Curt Casali (.186, 8, 25)
Rotation: RH Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-6, 3.69), RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 in five starts), LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.54), RH Matt Andriese (8-8, 4.37)
Key relievers: RH Alex Colome (2-4, 1.91, 37/40 SV), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians), RH Danny Farquhar (1-0, 3.06), LH Xavier Cede'o (3-4, 3.70), RH Erasmo Ramirez (7-11, 3.77), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.51)
Hot spots: Shortstop and catcher. Tim Beckham and the combination of Curt Casali and newly signed Derek Norris are holding down the fort while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos recover from injuries. Beckham and Casali or Norris can at least try to make the situation awkward by hitting. That wasn't their strong suit last year, but the Rays will need someone to bat eighth and ninth while Ramos (knee surgery; out until July) and Duffy (Achilles surgery; out until May) heal.
Outlook: How do you fix a team that ranked eighth in the AL in ERA and 14th in runs scored? If you're the Rays, you trade away your second-best hitter (Forsythe) for a pitcher who will start the season in Triple-A (De Leon), then sign an outfielder with a .641 OPS (Rasmus) to be your second-highest paid player. Expectations for a team with the third-lowest payroll in the game shouldn't be high to begin with. Getting Duffy and Ramos back from the DL will help, but not enough to slow rumors of Archer, Cobb and Odorizzi getting traded if they pitch well.
|Rays' Archer, Blue Jays' Rowley get rematch|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer and Toronto Blue Jays rookie Chris Rowley will face off for a second consecutive start when the American League East rivals open a three-game series Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Archer (8-7, 3.84 ERA) got through seven innings for the second time since the All-Star break and gave up three runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Thursday. Unfortunately for Archer, two of the hits he gave up were home runs to former AL MVP Josh Donaldson, and Toronto went on to win 5-3.
Rowley (1-0, 2.61 ERA) is set for just his third career start Tuesday. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits in five innings during a no-decision against the Rays on Thursday. He struck out three but walked five, which accounted for his high pitch count (90).
Archer has faced the Blue Jays 23 times in his career, producing a 6-4 record with a 3.16 ERA.
Tampa Bay (61-65) is 14-22 since the break, falling into fourth place in the East. The Rays have struggled to score runs during that stretch but began to show signs of breaking out of their slump in the final two games of the weekend series against the Mariners, a 7-6 Seattle win followed by a 3-0 Tampa Bay victory.
"We have to continue to fight and come ready to play every day," Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. said. "We know what this lineup is capable of doing and we've had a rough stretch, but we are going to continue battling."
One guy helping the battle is center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Since returning from the disabled list Friday after missing two months due to a fractured hip, the former Gold Glove winner is 5-for-14 (.357) with a double and a home run.
"When KK is getting good at-bats and getting on base, it's a big thing for this offense," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We are happy to have him back and we need him right now."
Despite the recent struggles and the losing record, Tampa Bay is just four games out of the second American League wild-card position.
The Blue Jays (59-65) are only five games out in the wild-card race, but they come into Florida reeling after getting swept by the Chicago Cubs in a three-game weekend series.
Toronto's 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Sunday might be a tough one to bounce back from after the Blue Jays scored twice in the top of the 10th inning to take a 5-3 lead, only to see it evaporate behind a wild outing from closer Roberto Osuna.
Osuna, who has an major-league-high eight blown saves this season, threw three wild pitches and hit a batter along with giving up two hits, including the game-winner, a bases-loaded single to Alex Avila.
The whole episode left manager John Gibbons almost speechless.
"I don't think I've ever seen anything like it," Gibbons said. "We played hard to get to that point, and I don't even know how to react, to be honest with you."
Before the weekend in Chicago, the Blue Jays took three out of four against the Rays in Toronto and were on the verge of getting out of last place.
This is the final series between the teams this year. Toronto holds 9-7 advantage in the season series.
|Last Updated: 11/17/2017 3:01:43 PM EST|