|MINNESOTA ( MEJIA )|
TORONTO ( SANTOS )
|965||MINNESOTA||+110||Ov 9.5,-110||+115||Ov 9.5,-110|
|966||TORONTO||-120||Un 9.5,-110||-125||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-37||-7||36-32||4.7||0.248||0.318||0.406||0.724||5.0||0.260||0.330||0.421||0.750|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.1||4-3||6.1||0.265||0.359||0.403||0.762||7.1||0.290||0.358||0.460||0.817|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-24||-13.6||14-17||3.9||0.232||0.299||0.393||0.691||4.9||0.258||0.324||0.417||0.740|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||4-3||5.4||0.272||0.337||0.455||0.792||5.1||0.251||0.305||0.436||0.742|
|7/9/2018||BERRIOS(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||3-1||W||-205||8.5 ov||U||11||12||0||7||7||0|
|7/10/2018||SLEGERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||4-9||L||-165||10 ev||O||9||6||0||15||9||1|
|7/11/2018||LYNN(R)||KANSAS CITY||SMITH(R)||8-5||W||-205||9.5 ev||O||15||9||1||9||8||1|
|7/12/2018||GIBSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||5-1||W||+130||8 un||U||7||5||0||7||7||1|
|7/13/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||TAMPA BAY||EOVALDI(R)||11-8||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||15||7||2||13||8||0|
|7/14/2018||BERRIOS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||6-19||L||-135||8 ov||O||11||11||0||20||4||2|
|7/15/2018||ROMERO(R)||TAMPA BAY||STANEK(R)||11-7||W||-105||9 un||O||10||9||1||14||11||1|
|7/20/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||5-6||L||-125||8.5 ev||O||10||11||0||8||5||1|
|7/21/2018||LYNN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||2-4||L||-140||9.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||11||0|
|7/22/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KELLER(R)||3-5||L||-135||9.5 ev||U||3||3||1||4||2||0|
|7/23/2018||MEJIA(L)||@ TORONTO||SANTOS(R)|| |
|7/24/2018||SANTANA(R)||@ TORONTO||BORUCKI(L)|| |
|7/25/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ TORONTO||GAVIGLIO(R)|| |
|7/26/2018||LYNN(R)||@ BOSTON||JOHNSON(L)|| |
|7/27/2018|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|7/28/2018|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|7/29/2018|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|7/30/2018|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/10/2018||STROMAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||6-2||W||125||8.5 ov||U||8||7||0||8||7||3|
|7/11/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||5-9||L||150||8.5 un||O||8||4||2||12||10||0|
|7/12/2018||HAPP(L)||@ BOSTON||PRICE(L)||4-6||L||160||9 ov||O||11||6||1||8||4||0|
|7/13/2018||BORUCKI(L)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||13-7||W||195||9.5 un||O||14||10||4||12||11||0|
|7/14/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||2-6||L||187||9.5 ov||U||7||9||2||11||6||0|
|7/15/2018||STROMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||JOHNSON(L)||2-5||L||135||10 ev||U||8||9||1||6||5||0|
|7/27/2018|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/28/2018|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/29/2018|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/30/2018|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|MINNESOTA: 2017: 85-77, second place, lost to Yankees in wild-card game.
MANAGER: Paul Molitor (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Jake Odorizzi, DH-1B Logan Morrison, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Zach Duke, SS-3B Erick Aybar, RHP Michael Pineda.
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Bartolo Colon, C Chris Gimenez, DH-1B Kennys Vargas, LHP Hector Santiago, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Buddy Boshers, RHP Michael Tonkin.
OUTLOOK: After their massive 26-win turnaround last season, earning Molitor the AL Manager of the Year award and a new contract through the 2020 season, the Twins were already on the upswing with their 25-and-under core of Berrios, Buxton, Sano, Rosario and Kepler. Then, after spring training began, they traded for Odorizzi and signed Morrison and Lynn, all at market-bargain prices. They've already had some setbacks, with finger surgery for Santana expected to keep him out for most or all of April, and the gut-punch news of Polanco's suspension, plus the uncertainty that surrounds Sano. But this is a team, even with the bold offseason moves made by AL heavyweights Boston and New York, and the strength of reigning AL Central champion Cleveland, that has the talent and spunk to be right in the playoff mix. With Hughes and Tyler Duffey on track for long-relief roles and a spate of well-regarded prospects set to fill out the rotation at Triple-A Rochester, this is as much starting pitching depth as the Twins have had in years. After using 16 different starters in 2017, they needed that. Rodney, Reed and Duke were important additions to bolster the bullpen, too, after Minnesota relievers ranked 22nd in the majors with a collective 4.40 ERA.
|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.
|Twins dip into minors, Blue Jays into bullpen for series-opening starters|
TORONTO -- The Minnesota Twins have their starting pitcher figured out for Monday at the Rogers Centre, but the Toronto Blue Jays' situation is a little more complicated.
The Twins will recall left-hander Adalberto Mejia (0-0, 9.00 ERA) from Triple-A Rochester to make the start in the opener of a three-game series.
He will replace right-hander Fernando Romero, who started July 15 against the Tampa Bay Rays and was demoted after the game.
The Blue Jays, meanwhile, will have reliever Luis Santos (0-0, 7.88) start an expected game-long procession from the bullpen to replace Marco Estrada, who is still on the disabled list with a left glute strain.
Estrada is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start Monday with Double-A New Hampshire instead.
Estrada has not pitched since leaving his July 3 start against the Boston Red Sox after 12 pitches with the injury. He had been listed as the possible starter for Monday.
"He threw a side and he felt much better, but we figured where he's at, how long it's been, he's better off doing it down there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
The Blue Jays (46-52) are coming off a three-game sweep of the lowly Baltimore Orioles after scoring four eighth-inning runs in a comeback 5-4 victory on Sunday.
The Twins (44-53) lost 5-3 on Sunday and were swept in a three-game series by the struggling Kansas City Royals.
In Meija's only major-league start of 2018, he gave up four runs in four innings in a June 30 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
"A tough day to gauge somebody," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "You hope he's a better version of what we saw the majority of last year, which means everything from trusting his catcher more to not trying to strike everybody out to not trying to make the perfect pitch all the time. He's got pitches. We all know that."
Mejia made four appearances, including two starts, after his return to Rochester. In his start Tuesday, he allowed seven earned runs in six innings against Louisville. He held Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to one run in six innings of his previous start. Overall at Triple-A, he is 5-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 14 games (11 starts) this season.
The Twins also completed their rotation for the three-game series by announcing that Ervin Santana will make his first start of the season Wednesday in the finale. He had surgery in early February to remove a calcium deposit from his right middle finger.
"It's going to be a little bit of changing it up in terms of where to slot him in," Molitor said. "We thought keeping him on his regular rest would be good."
Santana llowed one run in six innings Friday pitching for Rochester.
Mejia is 4-7 with a 4.74 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) during his major-league career. He has faced the Blue Jays once, a start on Sept. 16 last season at Minnesota in which he allowed three runs and five hits in three innings to take the loss.
Santos was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Toronto last season, but this season has appeared in only five games in two stints with the Blue Jays. At Triple-A Buffalo this season, he is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 17 games (two starts). He has 100 career starts in the minors.
Santos has appeared twice against the Twins, going 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA.
Twins first baseman Logan Morrison (left hip) returned from the DL on Sunday and was 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
The Blue Jays had Lourdes Gurriel Jr. back from the seven-day concussion DL and he started at second base, going 2-for-3 with an error. He failed to turn a double play in the fifth and Baltimore eventually scored a run in the inning.
|Last Updated: 8/15/2018 9:06:31 PM EST|