|TAMPA BAY ( FARIA )|
TORONTO ( STROMAN )
|915||TAMPA BAY||+135||Ov 8.5,-110||+125||Ov 8.5,-120|
|916||TORONTO||-145||Un 8.5,-110||-135||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-41||+0.6||42-42||4.4||0.252||0.319||0.425||0.744||4.2||0.233||0.301||0.381||0.682|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||2-5||2.3||0.187||0.257||0.308||0.565||3.9||0.210||0.279||0.354||0.633|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-44||-3.8||44-41||4.5||0.245||0.316||0.409||0.726||4.8||0.253||0.324||0.409||0.733|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||2-5||4.4||0.217||0.303||0.378||0.681||3.6||0.230||0.301||0.381||0.682|
|8/2/2017||PRUITT(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||3-0||W||175||8.5 ev||U||9||10||1||5||7||1|
|8/3/2017||SNELL(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||5-3||W||130||9.5 un||U||8||10||0||9||6||3|
|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)|| |
|8/17/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||BIAGINI(R)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|8/2/2017||HAPP(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||5-1||W||-215||10.5 ov||U||8||9||0||8||10||1|
|8/4/2017||VALDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||7-16||L||145||9 ev||O||10||3||0||18||7||0|
|8/5/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||4-3||W||155||9 ov||U||9||10||0||5||4||0|
|8/6/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||6-7||L||100||9 un||O||8||9||1||16||11||2|
|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)|| |
|8/17/2017||BIAGINI(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||HAPP(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|8/20/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Rays hope to build on breakout game vs. Jays|
TORONTO -- After a prolonged team slump, the Tampa Bay Rays suddenly were hitting again Tuesday in a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
They produced 13 hits, and they hope the offense continues into the third game of a four-game series Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre.
The Rays had scored only 12 runs in their previous 10 games, eight of them losses, including a 2-1 defeat to Toronto on Monday.
"It was outstanding to get some runs on the board," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "The guys felt really good. I think there was a genuine feel like a little bit of relief. They know what they've gone through, and they haven't changed the way they've gone about it.
"I think I was most impressed at the looseness we had throughout the game. The hope is it gets us going, for sure. There's a lot of smiles, a lot of cheering going right now. That's important. ... We're all aware of what we've gone through over the last 10 games."
The teams are 7-7 in the season series.
The Rays will start right-hander Jake Faria (5-3, 3.19 ERA) Wednesday against Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (10-6, 3.00).
In ending their four-game losing streak Tuesday, the Rays managed their biggest hit total since they had 14 knocks against the Texas Rangers on July 15. They had not scored six runs since Aug. 1 against the Houston Astros.
Tampa Bay once again had success against Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada, who allowed 10 hits and six runs. He is 0-4 with a 10.61 ERA against the Rays this season and is 0-7 with a 7.75 ERA in his past eight starts against them.
"Just one of those teams that has my number, I haven't been able then figure them out," Estrada said. "I felt OK today and thought I did make some decent pitches, and next thing you know, I'm down six runs."
The Rays figure to have a more difficult time with Stroman.
Stroman is 3-2 with a 1.94 ERA over his past nine starts overall. He took his first loss since July 3 on Friday when he allowed four unearned runs in eight innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with his defense betraying him. The damage was done in a four-run third inning when the Blue Jays committed two errors.
"I just did my best job to battle," Stroman said after the game. "The defense has had my back all year. They've made unbelievable plays for me all year. I felt like I should have done a better job in that situation of buckling down and getting my team out of that. Just a tough inning, but my stuff felt great."
Stroman will be trying for his second win of the season against Tampa Bay. He is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two starts against the Rays this season and is 4-4 with a 4.17 ERA in nine career starts against them.
Faria will try for his second win in two starts against the Blue Jays. His only previous appearance against Toronto Jays came June 13 when he allowed six hits, one walk and one run while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings in his second career start.
It was the second of three straight starts in which he had pitched six innings or longer and allowed one or no runs to begin his career.
Faria gave up a career-high five runs Friday against the Cleveland Indians, the second time in 12 career starts that he allowed more than three runs.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:07:37 PM EST|