|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
TORONTO ( ROWLEY )
|963||TAMPA BAY||-155||Ov 9,-110||-155||Ov 9,+105|
|964||TORONTO||+145||Un 9,-110||+145||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-42||-0.4||42-43||4.3||0.252||0.318||0.423||0.742||4.2||0.234||0.300||0.382||0.682|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||1-6||2.3||0.197||0.271||0.298||0.569||3.1||0.207||0.273||0.374||0.647|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-44||-2.8||44-42||4.5||0.245||0.316||0.410||0.726||4.8||0.252||0.323||0.408||0.731|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||1-6||4.1||0.223||0.295||0.391||0.686||2.3||0.196||0.279||0.306||0.585|
|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)||2-3||L||120||8.5 ov||U||7||9||0||7||5||0|
|8/17/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||ROWLEY(R)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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)||3-2||W||-130||8.5 ov||U||7||5||0||7||9||0|
|8/17/2017||ROWLEY(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||STROMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Blue Jays' Rowley soldiers on with career, faces Rays|
TORONTO -- Chris Rowley made history Saturday, becoming the first graduate of West Point to pitch in the major leagues.
The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander won the game, holding the Pittsburgh Pirates to one run in 5 1/3 innings.
Rowley (1-0, 1.69 ERA) makes his second start Thursday in the finale of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Rogers Centre.
Tampa Bay will start right-hander Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84 ERA).
The Rays showed signs of emerging from an offensive slump when they defeated the Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday in the second game of the series.
They reverted to their recent ways Wednesday, though, with a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay needs a win Thursday to escape with a split against its American League East rival.
The Rays stranded nine baserunners Wednesday.
"Tight ballgame," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We had our opportunities but just weren't able to capitalize."
The Rays (60-62) have been held to two or fewer runs eight times over their past 12 games, going 3-9 in that span.
The Blue Jays (58-62) are 9-5 in their past 14 games and have allowed two or fewer runs in five of their past seven contests.
The Rays adjusted their lineup for the Wednesday game, moving Corey Dickerson from the leadoff spot to sixth in the order with Brad Miller batting first.
"Maybe just a change of scenery for both the guys that got flip-flopped will do some good," Cash said. "I like the way that Brad has gotten on base. That helps. And Corey, to be able to drop him down, give him a blow in some of those big pressure situations, might help get him going also."
Miller is not likely to remain in the leadoff spot, but Dickerson is likely to remain lower in the order for a while.
"Giving him some time to get some stuff in order," Cash said.
Miller was 1-for-4 with one RBI on Wednesday while Dickerson was 2-for-4 with a double.
It was Dickerson's first multi-hit game since Aug. 3. In his 10 previous games, he was 4-for-44.
Archer ended a run of 15 consecutive starts in which he had pitched at least six innings when he lasted 5 1/3 frames against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. He allowed seven hits, two walks and three runs while striking out eight in a 3-0 loss.
He will be making his 23rd career start against the Blue Jays.
Archer is 6-4 with a 3.13 career ERA against the Blue Jays, his most frequent opponent. In three starts against Toronto this season, he is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA. He has made 10 career starts at the Rogers Centre, going 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA.
Rowley allowed five hits and one walk while striking out three against the Pirates.
"Awesome, really, and we've been looking for that," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He looked very confident out there. He had good life on his fastball, good sink to his fastball. Threw some good breaking balls. A debut is never easy, but I thought he did a tremendous job. He ought to feel proud of himself and excited."
Rowley received a standing ovation at Rogers Centre when he was replaced in the sixth inning.
"That was really, really cool," Rowley said. "Having my family here to share it with me, walking off and all those people standing, that was something that was really special for me. I don't think anybody really expects to experience that in their life, but it was pretty special."
|Last Updated: 9/26/2017 1:27:56 PM EST|