|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
TAMPA BAY ( FONT )
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-19||+2.2||20-17||4.9||0.241||0.313||0.414||0.727||4.9||0.259||0.328||0.428||0.757|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||2-5||4.6||0.282||0.333||0.452||0.785||3.7||0.209||0.285||0.352||0.638|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-12||+1.2||8-14||4.0||0.244||0.310||0.391||0.701||3.5||0.218||0.285||0.340||0.625|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.1||5-2||4.6||0.262||0.302||0.419||0.721||4.7||0.254||0.312||0.377||0.690|
|5/30/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||4-6||L||175||9 un||O||6||4||1||11||5||1|
|6/1/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ DETROIT||HARDY(L)||2-5||L||-105||9 ov||U||7||9||0||11||5||0|
|6/2/2018||HAPP(L)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||4-7||L||-135||9 ev||O||6||3||0||9||5||0|
|6/3/2018||SANCHEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||8-4||W||105||9 ev||O||11||6||0||6||6||0|
|6/5/2018||ESTRADA(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-7||L||+130||9.5 un||U||3||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/6/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||0-3||L||+130||9.5 un||U||4||4||0||8||8||0|
|6/11/2018||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||YARBROUGH(L)||4-8||L||-105||8 un||O||8||3||2||9||7||0|
|6/12/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||STANEK(R)||1-4||L||105||8 ov||U||5||6||1||7||5||0|
|6/13/2018||HAPP(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||FONT(R)|| |
|6/20/2018|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|5/30/2018||EOVALDI(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||6-0||W||120||8 ev||U||10||10||0||1||3||4|
|5/31/2018||STANEK(R)||@ OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)||3-7||L||130||7.5 ov||O||7||6||2||7||7||0|
|6/1/2018||ROMO(R)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)||3-4||L||120||8 un||U||11||7||0||11||10||0|
|6/2/2018||ARCHER(R)||@ SEATTLE||GONZALES(L)||1-3||L||110||7.5 ev||U||5||5||1||9||9||0|
|6/3/2018||SNELL(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||1-2||L||105||7.5 un||U||5||7||1||4||4||0|
|6/5/2018||EOVALDI(R)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||2-4||L||240||7 un||U||5||2||0||4||2||0|
|6/6/2018||VENTERS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||2-11||L||140||7.5 un||O||7||6||2||15||7||0|
|6/14/2018||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GERMAN(R)|| |
|6/15/2018||EOVALDI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|6/16/2018|| ||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|6/17/2018|| ||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/18/2018|| ||@ HOUSTON||COLE(R)|| |
|6/19/2018||SNELL(L)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|6/20/2018|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: 017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Kevin Cash (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Denard Span, 1B C.J. Cron, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, OF Jake Bauers.
SUBTRACTIONS: 3B Evan Longoria, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Jake Odorizzi, OF-DH Corey Dickerson, OF Steven Souza Jr., 1B Logan Morrison, 1B-DH Lucas Duda, RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Tommy Hunter, OF Peter Bourjos, INF Trever Plouffe, RHP Chase Whitley.
OUTLOOK: The Rays sport a new look after a winter of trimming payroll. In addition to the departures of Cobb and Odorizzi, the heart of a batting order that hit a club-record 228 homers ' Longoria, Dickerson, Souza and Morrison ' is gone, too. Archer, a two-time All-Star, is set to make his franchise-record fourth opening day start, and Colome is back at closer, too. The question that remains unanswered is, for how long? Cash and general manager Erik Neander aren't making any bold predictions but they insist that despite all the changes, the Rays have a chance to be a lot more competitive than it appears on paper.
|Happ hopes to exorcise Trop demons as Rays host Jays|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tropicana Field has not been kind to J.A. Happ.
Five years ago, Happ took a line drive directly to his head, hitting him behind his left ear and fracturing his skull. He fell to the ground hard enough that he strained ligaments in his knee, and it would be three months before he returned to the mound.
Happ will start for Toronto in Thursday's series finale, and while he's been back to the Trop nine times since his injury there, he's won only once, in that same 2013 season, in just his third game back from injury.
Happ is off to a solid 8-3 start with a 3.71 ERA, and he's 4-0 in his last five starts, taking a full run off his season ERA along the way. One of his three losses this season came against the Rays, giving up three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings in a May 4 loss where he walked more batters (four) than he struck out (three). On Friday against Baltimore, he was especially sharp, throwing seven innings and allowing only two hits and a single unearned run.
And while he's struggled at Tropicana Field, his overall career numbers against the Rays are better, with a 3-4 record and 5.05 ERA -- he has just one win in 10 appearances against Tampa Bay over the last four seasons.
Tampa Bay, trying to push through a rash of injuries to its starting pitching, continues to experiment regularly with "openers," using relievers as part of bullpen days to start about half their games in recent weeks. Nowhere is the Rays' desperation more glaring than with Thursday's starter, Wilmer Font, who is already playing for his third team this season.
Font pitched six games with the Dodgers, then four with the Athletics, and he's now made five appearances with the Rays. He's 0-3 on the season with a 9.59 ERA, but in his five games with Tampa Bay, he's fared much better, with a 3.24 ERA and 0-1 record. In those five games, he's thrown 8 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. In his last outing, also a makeshift start, he lasted into the third inning Friday against Seattle, but gave up two runs on two hits, getting five of his seven outs via strikeout.
Font has actually faced Toronto already this season while with Oakland -- staked with the ninth inning and a 9-0 lead, he gave up a two-run home run to Yangervis Solarte.
The two American League East rivals went into Wednesday's game within a half-game of each other in the standings, still well ahead of last-place Baltimore.
Toronto gets Thursday off before beginning an interleague stretch at home, with three games against the Nationals, then two against the Braves. The Rays, meanwhile, go on the road for the next week, with four games at the Yankees and three at the Astros, then returning home with seven of their next nine again against the Yankees and Astros.
|Last Updated: 7/19/2018 12:00:24 PM EST|