The Rays are coming off a grueling loss to the Blue Jays, where the Rays kept trying to claw themselves back into the game, only to fall short of the big hit. They left 14 runners on base last night, and were 4-18 with runners in scoring position, striking out 11 times during those situations. The bullpen was saved for the most part, thanks to Matt Andriese pitching into the sixth and Enny Romero providing two innings on relief. Ronald Belisaro, who had two solid outings to begin his Rays tenure, gave up the deciding runs in a horrid sixth inning. After the game, Romero was optioned back to Durham and Kirby Yates has been promoted to take his place.
Tonight, the Rays will send ace Chris Archer to the mound to face off against former ace, R.A. Dickey, who has either nearly no hit the Rays or been shelled by them. Archer struggled his last time out, allowing three runs in the first two innings, but he recovered and ended up going five innings allowing only those three runs on eight hits and walking tow, while striking out three. So far this season, he is 8-4 with a 2.18 ERA and a 2.14 FIP to go along with a 31.1 K% and a 6.2 BB% over 15 starts and 95 innings pitched.
R.A. Dickey Scouting Report:
So far this season, Dickey is 3-6 with a 3.96 ERA and a 5.27 FIP, to go along with his 15.2 K% and 8.8 BB% over the course of 14 starts and 89 innings pitched. His last time out, he dominated his old team (the Mets) working into the eighth inning, allowing only one run (solo HR in the 8th to Lucas Duda) on three hits, while walking five and striking out seven.
|PITCH||VELOCITY||FREQUENCY||vs LHB||vs RHB|
93% vs LHB
87% vs RHB
3% vs LHB
8% vs RHB
3% vs LHB
5% vs RHB
|Low & Away||Sporadic|
1% vs LHB
1% vs RHB
Dickey hasn't really shown a strong difference in his splits this year, as lefties have slashed .231/.327/.462 with 7 HR to go along with a 13.7 K% and 11.9 BB% in 168 trips to the plate. Meanwhile, righties have slashed .249/.311/.429 with 8 HR to go along with a 16.4 K% and 6.5 BB% in 214 trips to the plate.
However, Dickey has struggled away from home this year as hitters are batting more than a 100 points higher against him. When on the road, hitters have slashed .311/.351/.528 while at home, hitters are slashing .189/.296/.381 against him.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Jose Reyes - SS||Kevin Kiermaier - CF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Joey Butler - DH|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|Edwin Encarnacion - 1B||Logan Forsythe - 2B|
|Dioner Navarro - DH||Steven Souza - RF|
|Russell Martin - C||Asdrubal Cabrera - SS|
|Ezequiel Carrera - LF||Brandon Guyer - LF|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Jake Elmore - 1B|
|Ryan Goins - 2B||Rene Rivera - C|
|R.A. Dickey - RHP||Chris Archer - RHP|
Other Rays Notes:
- Blake Snell is starting the Southern League All-star game tonight. The game is being hosted by the Montgomery Biscuits.
- June 23rd in team history, of which they are 5-8
- 1974 - Mark Hendrickson is born, he currently tied with Jeff Niemann as the two tallest pitchers in team history. The former NBA player was acquired by the Devil Rays in a three-team deal that sent Joe Kennedy to Colorado and Justin Spier to Toronto. Hendrickson pitched in 76 games (74 starts) over three seasons with Tampa Bay and was 25-31 with a 5.05 ERA and a 4.57 FIP over 451.1 innings pitched before being dealt to the Dodgers in June of 2006.
- 1999 - The team signs 35 year old high-school teacher and former first round pick, Jim 'The Rookie' Morris.
- 2002 - Joe Kennedy throws a complete game for Tampa Bay despite allowing six runs (five earned) in a loss to the Rockies.
- 2004 - Victor Zambrano carries a shutout into the 8th inning against Toronto, but a wild pitch allows a run to score tying the game. Extra innings would be needed and in the bottom of the 10th, the Blue Jays snapped the Devil Rays franchise record, 12 game winning stream, with a walkoff single.
- 2012 - After coming back and tying the game (which included a 5-5 performance from Jeff Keppinger and Chris Archer being used to pinch-run) in the 8th and 9th against the Phillies, the Rays suffer walkoff loss after Jim Thome crushes a pitch from Jake McGee
- 2013 - Jose Molina stole a base