|TORONTO ( STROMAN )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRUITT )
|965||TORONTO||-125||Ov 8.5,+105||-110||Ov 8.5,+100|
|966||TAMPA BAY||+115||Un 8.5,-125||+100||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-47||-4.3||47-43||4.5||0.244||0.315||0.409||0.724||4.8||0.254||0.326||0.410||0.736|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||4-3||4.1||0.222||0.275||0.376||0.651||4.9||0.289||0.366||0.450||0.815|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-44||-1.2||43-46||4.3||0.251||0.320||0.424||0.744||4.2||0.233||0.299||0.382||0.681|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||3-4||3.9||0.253||0.333||0.452||0.786||4.4||0.238||0.287||0.411||0.699|
|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)||5-6||L||185||8 ov||O||7||4||1||12||9||0|
|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|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||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|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ 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 look to stay hot against Blue Jays|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash believes his team is capable of another run now that the offense apparently has broken out of a month-long slump.
The Rays (62-65) will go for their third straight victory Wednesday when they face the Toronto Blue Jays in the second contest of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay is four games behind the Minnesota Twins for the final American League wild-card spot but must pass five teams to get there.
Austin Pruitt (6-4, 5.37 ERA) will make the start for Tampa Bay. the right-hander will have to be better than he was in his most recent outing, when he gave up six runs on 11 hits in seven innings during a loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday.
Pruitt is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in three previous appearances against the Blue Jays, but this will be his first start vs. Toronto.
"When you see them a lot, you kind of get an idea of how to attack them," Pruitt said about the Blue Jays to MLB.com. "It can also work against you because they know what you have."
Tampa Bay has had several players breakout offensively over the last few games, including center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, who is 7-for-20 since returning from the disabled list, and catcher Wilson Ramos.
On Tuesday, the Rays amassed 12 hits, and even the guys that didn't have hits made contributions, such as Brad Miller. The struggling second baseman, who is batting .186, drew two walks and scored a run.
"Brad's coming into the ballpark to work every day and find a way to get going," Cash said. "I know he's tinkered with his stance at times. Whether it's upright, leg kick, hands low/high, whatever ... He's trying everything to find that sweet spot and get the comfort.
"For whatever reason, it hasn't come. He's had some good swings and some good at-bats where he's drawn walks, but I know Brad more than anybody, and he's itching to get some big hits."
Toronto (59-66) will send Marcus Stroman (11-6, 2.99 ERA) to the mound in an effort to stop a four-game losing streak.
Stroman's last start came against the Rays on Aug. 16, and he earned the win while giving up two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 career starts versus Tampa Bay.
The Blue Jays hope Josh Donaldson keeps swinging a hot bat against the Rays. He hit a home run Tuesday and has five in the past five games against the AL East rival.
Toronto manager John Gibbons moved Donaldson to shortstop, switching Jose Bautista to third from right field in order to get Norichika Aoki into the lineup. Aoki homered Tuesday, impressing his manager.
"I didn't know he had any power," Gibbons joked when asked about Aoki. "He hit a big home run down there in Houston and then got us on the board (Tuesday) against one of the toughest guys we face (Chris Archer). He's been good."
|Last Updated: 11/20/2017 3:01:17 PM EST|