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Game Preview: Tuesday (5/23) at Toronto

RAYS (20-25) at Toronto (24-20)
7:07; SkyDome
RAYS TV/PAX; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Game Previews
Devil Rays
Blue Jays

Pitching Matchup:

RAYS-LH Mark Hendrickson (3-3, 3.57)

TOR-RH Roy Halladay (5-1, 3.04)

Lineups

RAYS
SS Julio Lugo: .684 OPS
LF Carl Crawford: .671 OPS
RF Jonny Gomes: 1.021 OPS
3B Aubrey Huff: .529 OPS
2B Ty Wigginton: .770 OPS
C Toby Hall: .765 OPS
DH Greg Norton: .906 OPS
1B Travis Lee: .606 OPS
CF Damon Hollins: .720 OPS

Toronto
LF Reed Johnson: .845 OPS
RF Alex Rios: 1.041 OPS
CF Vernon Wells: .958 OPS
3B Troy Glaus: .947 OPS
1B Shea Hillenbrand: .866 OPS
DH Bengie Molina: .707 OPS
C Gregg Zaun: 1.059 OPS
2B Aaron Hill: .570 OPS
SS John McDonald: .513 OPS

Gameday Tune-In honor of awful Canadian musicans, here's Bryan Adams' Summer of '69.

GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RAYS (20-25) at Toronto (24-20)
7:07; SkyDome
RAYS TV/PAX; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Game Previews
Devil Rays
Blue Jays

Editor's Note-I'm still trying to figure out how to incorporate new age spreadsheet technology into these here game previews, but hopefully I will have it figured out in the next week or so. And one other thing, you will see some new stats added to the pitching stats below. Those stats are mostly ratios pro-rated over nine innings, though BABIP is Batting Average on Balls In Play, which is exactly what it sounds like. It is essentially a stat to determine a pitcher's luck once the ball comes off the bat. An extremely high BABIP is indicative of an unlucky pitcher, a low one is just the opposite. TBF is Total Batters Faced, G:F is Groundball:Flyball ratio, indicating if a pitcher leaves too many pitches up that are skied, and lastly FIP is Fielding Independant Pitching, which is a complex formula aimed at separating a pitcher's defensive luck (or lack thereof) from his pitching ability. It is very useful, and is a good indicator of future ERA. I could list the formula, but it would boggle many a mind (hell, I'm still trying to figure it out). A lot of these stats, and many more useful ones, are explained in The Hardball Times' Statistics Glossary.

Pitching Matchup

Breakdown

RAYS-LH Mark Hendrickson (3-3, 3.57):

Scouting Report-Hendrickson gave the Rays seven innings against the world champion White Sox on Thursday, allowing four runs on seven hits to pick up his third win of the season. He has a 2-4 record with a 4.89 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.
[DevilRays.com]

This Season-40.1 IP, 6/6 G/GS, 168 TBF, 5.58 FIP, 23:15 K/BB, 1.53 K/BB, 5.13 K/9, 3.35 BB/9, 1.14 WHIP, .676 Opp OPS, .209 BABIP, 1.08 G:F, 1.56 HR/9

Career-597 IP, 115/101 G/GS, 2612 TBF, 36-35, 5.10 ERA, 4.76 FIP, 296:162 K/BB, 1.83 K/BB, 4.46 K/9, 2.44 BB/9, 1.45 WHIP, .803 Opp OPS, .310 BABIP, 1.32 G:F, 1.16 HR/9

Last Start-5/18 vs CWS (W): 7 IP, 104 Pitches, 7 H, 4 R (ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 7:11 G/F

Last Start vs TOR-5/13 (L)-7 IP, 106 pitches, 5 H, 5 R (ER), 3 BB, 5 K, HR, 8:7 G/F

All-Time vs TOR-46 IP, 8/8 G/GS, 2-4, 4.89 ERA, 28:11 K/BB, 1.43 WHIP, .285 Opp AVG, 0.98 HR/9
[Yahoo Sports]

Batter v Pitcher:
Shea Hillenbrand-24 ABs, .750 OPS, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 K
Reed Johnson-24 ABs, .735 OPS, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Alex Rios-22 ABs, 1.053 OPS, 2 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K
Troy Glaus-5 ABs, .836 OPS, 6 BB, 2 K
Russ Adams-1 for 5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Lyle Overbay-1 for 3, HR, RBI, K
John McDonald-1 for 2, BB
[ESPN.com]

Miscellaneous-Hendrickson is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA on the road at SkyDome...Hendrickson was signed and developed in the Toronto organization, spending parts of two major league seasons there before departing in 2003.

TOR-RH Roy Halladay (5-1, 3.04):

Scouting Report-A couple of difficult innings in his last start ended Halladay's complete-game streak at two games, but his four-game winning streak remained in tact. Doc uncharacteristically surrendered two one-run leads against the Angels, a team that has been a nemesis, beating him four times in eight career decisions. Halladay still ranks among the AL leaders in wins, innings pitched and ERA. He is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in two starts against the Rays this season, including a complete game three-hitter on May 13.
[BlueJays.com]

This Season-56.1 IP, 8/8 G/GS, 222 TBF, 3.89 FIP, 31:10 K/BB, 3.10 K/BB, 4.95 K/9, 1.60 BB/9, 1.07 WHIP, .638 Opp OPS, .260 BABIP, 2.89 G:F, 0.80 HR/9

Career-1172.2 IP, 192/167 G/GS, 4902 TBF, 84-44, 3.67 ERA, 3.78 FIP, 841:309 K/BB, 2.72 K/BB, 6.45 K/9, 2.37 BB/9, 1.25 WHIP, .307 Opp OBP, .299 BABIP, 1.32 G:F, 0.79 HR/9

Last Start-5/18 at ANA (ND): 7 IP, 93 Pitches, 8 H, 4 R (ER), 2 BB, 7 K, HR, 9:5 G/F

Last Start vs RAYS-5/13 (W)-9 IP, 89 pitches, 3 H, 1 R (ER), 1 BB, 3 K, HR, 18:5 G/F

All-Time vs RAYS-104.2 IP, 17/14 G/GS, 5-4, 3.61 ERA, 71:25 K/BB, 1.25 WHIP, .271 Opp AVG, 0.69 HR/9
[Yahoo Sports]

Batter v Pitcher:
Travis Lee-23 ABs, .826 OPS, HR, RBI, 4 K
Greg Norton-13 ABs, .846 OPS, 2B, 2 K
Jonny Gomes-11 ABs, 1.000 OPS, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 6 K
[ESPN.com]

Miscellaneous-Roy Halladay has not been beaten in his last six starts, and has won four of those starts...His lone loss this year came against Scott Kazmir and the Rays, 5-2 on April 9th, though he did win his last start against the Rays on May 13th, throwing a complete game three-hitter and throwing just 89 pitches

Game Notes-The Blue Jays have won three straight and five of six at Rogers Center...Jays second baseman Aaron Hill has a hit in each of his last eight games, and is 11 for 26 in that span of time, though he is still batting just .229 on the year.

Lineups

RAYS
SS Julio Lugo: .684 OPS
LF Carl Crawford: .671 OPS
RF Jonny Gomes: 1.021 OPS
3B Aubrey Huff: .529 OPS
2B Ty Wigginton: .770 OPS
C Toby Hall: .765 OPS
DH Greg Norton: .906 OPS
1B Travis Lee: .606 OPS
CF Damon Hollins: .720 OPS

-The top of the lineup is getting better, and it isn't like there is much alternative, and Gomes in the three hole is a given. But why is Aubrey Huff still batting cleanup? Sure, he may be getting back into it, but on the whole, he still has a .529 OPS, and that cannot be true of the cleanup man, he should be batting in the seven hole, and everyone from the five hole to the seven hole should move up a spot. The bottom two are fine.

Toronto
LF Reed Johnson: .845 OPS
RF Alex Rios: 1.041 OPS
CF Vernon Wells: .958 OPS
3B Troy Glaus: .947 OPS
1B Shea Hillenbrand: .866 OPS
DH Bengie Molina: .707 OPS
C Gregg Zaun: 1.059 OPS
2B Aaron Hill: .570 OPS
SS John McDonald: .513 OPS

-An impressive lineup for Toronto today. The front five are absolutely mouth-watering. The Jays are also finally getting some sense knocked into them by putting Gregg Zaun in the lineup more often and moving Bengie Molina to DH. The final two in the order? Well, this isn't the '27 Yankees.

Gameday Tune-In honor of awful Canadian musicans, here's Bryan Adams' Summer of '69.

GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!