Well, that was a tough game last night. As Toots Hibbert famously said, sometimes the pressure drops on you. The trick is to bounce back and the Jays can still win a series against a division rival if they prevail tonight. Both teams send youngsters to the bump, with the Tampa Bay looking to Jeremy Hellickson and Toronto looking to wunderkind Henderson Alvarez.
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C. Pena, 1B
J. Molina, C
S. Rodriguez, SS
K. Johnson, 2B
Hellickson's first start was quite solid, though his peripherals were unspectacular (8 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 K, 4 BB). His second start was less so (5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 K, 5 BB). Hellickson lived on hit-suppression last season (.233 BABIP) so the problematic peripherals are nothing new (2011 xFIP: 4.72) -- the mediocre results, on the other hand, he generally managed to avoid (2011 ERA: 2.95). He does have an excuse: he's faced two high-powered offences in New York and Boston. Whether you buy into pitcher hit-suppression or not, there's certainly one thing we can agree on: it will be nice to hand him his first loss off the season tonight. Go Jays Go!
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