|TORONTO ( GAVIGLIO )|
PHILADELPHIA ( EFLIN )
|975||TORONTO||+120||Ov 9,-115||+100||Ov 9,-110|
|976||PHILADELPHIA||-130||Un 9,-105||-110||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-15||-0.9||15-11||5.0||0.231||0.308||0.409||0.717||5.4||0.275||0.344||0.447||0.791|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||2-2||3.1||0.195||0.280||0.327||0.608||6.1||0.273||0.354||0.443||0.797|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-15||+3.1||15-18||4.1||0.232||0.314||0.370||0.684||3.9||0.239||0.311||0.355||0.665|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||2-5||3.7||0.216||0.285||0.359||0.644||4.0||0.273||0.324||0.391||0.715|
|5/15/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ NY METS||SYNDERGAARD(R)||2-12||L||140||7.5 un||O||6||6||1||16||7||0|
|5/16/2018||HAPP(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||12-1||W||-140||7 ev||O||15||9||0||4||3||0|
|5/22/2018||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||5-3||W||+100||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||4||2||1|
|5/23/2018||SANCHEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||4-5||L||+105||9 ov||P||9||8||1||9||13||0|
|5/24/2018||ESTRADA(R)||LA ANGELS||TROPEANO(R)||1-8||L||+125||9 ov||P||5||3||1||12||8||0|
|5/25/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EFLIN(R)|| |
|5/26/2018||BIAGINI(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)|| |
|5/27/2018||HAPP(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)|| |
|5/28/2018||SANCHEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||PRICE(L)|| |
|5/29/2018||ESTRADA(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|5/30/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|6/1/2018|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|5/11/2018||ARRIETA(R)||NY METS||MATZ(L)||1-3||L||-150||8 ov||U||7||9||0||9||6||0|
|5/13/2018||NOLA(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||4-2||W||-125||6.5 ov||U||8||9||0||11||9||0|
|5/16/2018||PIVETTA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CASHNER(R)||4-1||W||-110||10 un||U||9||7||0||4||5||0|
|5/17/2018||VELASQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)||6-2||W||125||8.5 un||U||11||7||0||10||11||0|
|5/18/2018||ARRIETA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-12||L||105||7.5 ov||O||7||5||3||15||7||0|
|5/19/2018||EFLIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GANT(R)||7-6||W||105||9.5 un||O||7||6||2||7||5||2|
|5/20/2018||NOLA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)||1-5||L||-120||8 ev||U||2||4||1||10||6||0|
|5/28/2018||VELASQUEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|5/29/2018||ARRIETA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)|| |
|5/30/2018||EFLIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||STRIPLING(R)|| |
|5/31/2018|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|6/1/2018|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: 2017 66-96, fifth place
MANAGER Gabe Kapler (first season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Jake Arrieta, 1B Carlos Santana, RHP Pat Neshek, RHP Tommy Hunter
SUBTRACTIONS: Manager Pete Mackanin, SS Freddy Galvis, INF Andres Blanco, OF Daniel Nava, OF Hyun Soo Kim, RHP Clay Buchholz, 1B Tommy Joseph
OUTLOOK: The decision to sign Arrieta signals the rebuild is over. The Phillies added Santana, Neshek and Hunter to a talented young roster in hopes of being competitive. A month into spring training, they added Arrieta because management thinks it's time to contend. The lineup has the potential to be dynamic if the young hitters continue to emerge and Santana does what he did in Cleveland. The bullpen should be formidable with Hunter-Neshek-Neris at the back end. If Arrieta regains his old form, Nola lives up to his promise and a couple of other starters take steps forward, the Phillies cannot only end their five-year run of losing seasons but maybe even make a surprise push for a postseason berth.
|Strength against strength: Phillies' pitching vs. Jays' hitting|
The Philadelphia Phillies' pitching staff was dominant during the first half of the team's current homestand. Those arms are looking for the same success against an interleague opponent this weekend.
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series that starts Friday night. It's the first meeting between the teams since June 16, 2016.
The Phillies started their week with a series win against the Atlanta Braves. Philadelphia's pitchers shut out Atlanta twice in the series and allowed just three runs in the other game.
Entering the weekend, the Phillies ranked third in the major leagues with a 3.36 team ERA.
"Our pitching has been really strong," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after Wednesday's 4-0 win. " ... That leads me to believe our staff is really good, to hold (the Braves) down like that, and our bullpen was able to come in and shut them down as well."
As Kapler noted, the Phillies are getting strong outings from starters and relievers. Philadelphia's bullpen has a 3.56 ERA (ranked ninth in the major leagues) and a .232 batting average against.
"There are a lot of good arms in that bullpen. A lot of ways to deploy our guys," Kapler said. " ... We got great arms, we got great mix and match options and we're always prepared and picking each other up. We don't have to look for one (pitcher) or one specific inning."
The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have one of the top offenses in baseball. Toronto averages 4.7 runs per game, and the team's 65 homers through 50 games are the fourth most in baseball.
Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.56 ERA) will be the first Phillies starter to face the Blue Jays. Eflin, a right-hander, is making his fourth start of the season.
Eflin's last start was his shortest with the Phillies this season. He went 4 2/3 innings against the Cardinals and gave up four runs (two earned) and three hits. Eflin, 24, has still only allowed three earned runs in 17 1/3 innings this year.
Eflin's only other appearance against the Blue Jays came in his major league debut. It didn't go so well. Eflin gave up eight earned runs, nine hits (three homers) and three walks against the Blue Jays on June 14, 2016.
Sam Gaviglio will be starting for the Blue Jays as he continues to try and make his case for a long-term spot in the rotation. WIth Jaime Garcia and Marcus Stroman on the disabled list, Gaviglio got the nod against Oakland last Saturday.
The 26-year-old pitched well. Gaviglio, who has never faced the Phillies in his 19 major league appearances, threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up six hits and a walk while striking out six batters.
"We wanted to go after them right away. I didn't want to get into too many deep counts and just trust the defense," Gaviglio told MLB.com after the outing.
The Phillies are 4-0 in interleague play this season and the Blue Jays are 1-1 against the National League.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2018 4:20:58 AM EST|