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Today In The AL East: July 18

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Before we get into today’s match-ups, here is a quick summary of last night’s games:

Blue Jays 6 Rays 2- Home runs from Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak fuelled a five-run fifth-inning. Drew Hutchison gave up just two earned runs in six innings, before Bo Schultz and Roberto Osuna shutout the Rays the rest of the way.

Tigers 7 Orioles 3- Ubaldo Jimenez gave up three home runs and could not make it out of the fifth inning. Victor Martinez, Jose Iglesias, and J.D. Martinez did the damage. Anibal Sanchez gave up just two earned runs over six innings.

Angels 1 Red Sox 0- Though Los Angeles managed just two hits; one was a Mike Trout walk off home run. C.J. Wilson pitched eight shutout innings in a pitching duel with Wade Miley.

Yankees 4 Mariners 3- A 7th-inning solo shot off the bat of Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees the edge in a tightly-contested game. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller pitched shutout innings to seal the deal. Kyle Seager hit two homeruns off Masahiro Tanaka, but the Mariners failed to score at any other time.

Today’s Games:

Tampa Bay @ Toronto:

SP: Erasmo Ramirez SP: R.A. Dickey
1. John Jaso (DH) 1. Jose Reyes (SS)
2. Joey Butler (LF) 2. Josh Donaldson (3B)
3. Evan Longoria (3B) 3. Jose Bautista (RF)
4. James Loney (1B) 4. Edwin Encarnacion (DH)
5. Logan Fosythe (2B) 5. Justin Smoak (1B)
6. Brandon Guyer (RF) 6. Russell Martin (C )
7. Kevin Kiermaier (CF) 7. Kevin Pillar (CF)
8. Tim Beckham (SS) 8. Ezequiel Carrera (LF)
9. Curt Casali (C ) 9. Devon Travis (2B)


The Rays lineup features six right-handed hitters as David Dejesus and Grady Sizemore get the day off. This is a bit surprising, as R.A. Dickey always seems to perform better against righties. Though R.A. Dickey continues to struggle this season, he is coming off a solid start against the White Sox.

Ezequiel Carrera will play left field in-place of Chris Colabello. This is my ideal "Starting Nine" for the Blue Jays, which will battle against the Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez. In two starts against Toronto this season, Ramirez has failed to record an out in the fifth-inning. The Jays scored nine runs in 3.1 innings on April 15th. When he is not facing the Blue Jays, Ramirez has been pretty successful for the season. He currently boasts an ERA of 3.63, with an FIP of 3.87. Still, like most Jays games, this could turn out to be a battle of the bats.

Mariners @ Yankees:

SP: Hisashi Iwakuma SP: Michael Pineda
1. Brad Miller (SS) 1. Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)
2. Kyle Seager (3B) 2. Brett Gardner (LF)
3. Robinson Cano (2B) 3. Alex Rodriguez (DH)
4. Nelson Cruz (RF) 4. Mark Teixeira (1B)
5. Seth Smith (LF) 5. Brian McCann (C )
6. Austin Jackson (CF) 6. Chase Headley (3B)
7. Mark Trumbo (DH) 7. Garrett Jones (RF)
8. Logan Morrison (1B) 8. Didi Gregorius (SS)
9. Mike Zunino (C ) 9. Rob Refsnyder (2B)

Michael Pineda, who has the 8th best FIP among qualified starters, will duel with another very good pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma. Though he has spent the majority of the season on the disabled list, Iwakuma was stellar in his last outing as he pitched eight scoreless innings against the Angels.

The Yankees appear to have the edge on offence, with a 108 wRC+ against right-handed pitching. The Mariners continue to struggle offensively, so they may need another great start out of Iwakuma to stay in the game.

Orioles @ Tigers: Chris Tillman vs. David Price

Though the Orioles will avoid facing Miguel Cabrera, they will have to face one of the best pitchers in baseball in David Price. The southpaw has been his dominant self this year, with a 2.83 FIP in eighteen starts.

Baltimore will counter with the struggling Chris Tillman. The righty currently has a 5.4 ERA and 4.38 FIP, giving the Tigers a huge advantage on the mound. Even without Miggy, the Tigers still seem to have a solid lineup against right-handed pitching.

Red Sox @ Angels: Rick Porcello vs. Garrett Richards

It will be a battle between two groundball specialists tonight in Los Angeles. Both pitchers have an identical 3.91 xFIP, but Porcello’s ERA is over two runs higher. The two-teams have very similar numbers against right-handed pitching this year, making this game seem like a bit of toss up. The Angels figure to have a guy named Mike Trout in the lineup. Trout is good at baseball.