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Game 2 Notes: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays

The Rays hope to get back to the .500 mark and earn their first victory of the season.

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The Rays lost yesterday in their most evenly matched game of the series as both teams sent their aces to the hill. The Blue Jays came away with the victory, as their ace delivered a better game, but the Rays hold the better chance in the series as they'll send arguably the best 2-3-4 in baseball against one of the worst 2-3-4.

For more, check out the complete series preview

The Starting Pitchers:

Drew Smyly vs R.A. Dickey

2015 Season W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG HR GS/G IP fWAR
R.A. Dickey 11 11 3.91 4.48 14.3% 6.9% .240 25 33 214.1 2.0
Drew Smyly 5 2 3.11 3.91 28.0% 7.3% .228 11 12 66.2 0.9

Drew Smyly will be making his season debut after a stellar spring hoping to build onto his tremendous success since joining the Rays organization. He missed the bulk of the 2015 season due to a shoulder injury that he chose to rehab and pitch through, rather than undergo the knife.

R.A. Dickey Scouting Report:

Dickey is embarking on his 13th year in the majors, and his 21st in professional baseball as he was drafted in 1996 by the Rangers. However, for much of that time he was your average Quad-A pitcher attempting to make it to the majors with a high 80's fastball and average-to-below average secondary pitches. One of those secondary pitches happened to be a hard knuckle ball, a pitch that took him over a decade to perfect while in organized baseball.

Finally, in 2010 his career saw a renaissance as he put up 2.7 fWAR in 2010, eventually culminating in a Cy Young award in 2012. He would then be traded to the Blue Jays following that season and has been a solid workhorse for them these past three seasons atop their rotation. Dickey will turn 42 in October, and is currently in the final year of his contract, so this may very well be the beginning of the final year of his career.

His arsenal:

Knuckleball High 70's

92.3% vs LHB


86.6% vs RHB

Anywhere in the zone Anywhere in the zone
Fastball Low 80's

3.1% vs LHB


8.5% vs RHB

Anywhere in the zone Attempts to keep it on the inner half
Sinker Low 80's

3.9% vs LHB


4.6% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Sporadic
Change-up Low 70's

0.8% vs LHB


0.3% vs RHB

Below the zone Below the zone

His splits:

vs LHB 417 .290 .225 .288 .378 11 11.5% 7.7%
vs RHB 467 .322 .254 .317 .429 14 16.7% 6.2%
HOME 461 .271 .196 .269 .346 13 16.1% 8.5%
AWAY 423 .346 .288 .340 .469 12 12.3% 5.2%

Today's Lineups

Kevin Pillar - CF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Logan Morrison - 1B
Jose Bautista - RF Evan Longoria - 3B
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Corey Dickerson - DH
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Desmond Jennings - LF
Chris Colabello - 1B Brad Miller - SS
Michael Saunders - LF Steven Souza - RF
Ryan Goins - 2B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Josh Thole - C Curt Casali - C
R.A. Dickey - RHP Drew Smyly - LHP