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Game #65 Preview: Ray vs Richard

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Diamondbacks (33-32) vs Blue Jays (23-41)

Arizona Diamondbacks v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

In repetition of words I have typed far too frequently this year, the Blue Jays will spend their Sunday afternoon attempting to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Diamondbacks. Gametime is set for 1:07 ET, but there may be more entertainment after the game when the kids run the bases, so you can see someone in Jays’ garb running the bases.

Blue Jays’ Starter

The Jays will send left hander Clayton Richard out to the mound. Richard, the former Padre, has fairly extensive appearance against the Diamondbacks, although the team he faced is fairly different than the one he is facing today. SS Nick Ahmed is the only one he has faced more than eight times in his career, and he has just 5 singles in 18 PA. But you’ll probably hear about his 10-6 career record and 4.40 ERA in 20 career starts against them like it means something.

Through three starts on the season with the Jays, Richard has achieved decent results, albeit with pretty poor process. He is 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA over 3 starts, but he has thrown just 12.2 innings. In those 12.2 innings, he has allowed 5 runs on 9 hits, 9 strikeouts and 9 walks, plus a pair of home runs. So while the ERA may be nice, the FIP is a lot more of a troublesome 6.15.

Diamondbacks’ Starter

Left hander Robbie Ray will head to the mound today, making his 14th start of the season. Ray is off to an excellent start to his season, currently sitting at 4-3 record with a 3.62 ERA. His FIP is sitting at an even nicer 3.25, thanks to an excellent strikeout rate (91 in 69.2 innings), so despite a walking more than a batter every other inning, in keeping the home runs in check, he is able to still be a very effective pitcher for Arizona.

Lineups

Yesterday’s Heroes

JaCoby Jones went 3-4 with a pair of home runs, driving in 5 total runs to earn the Monster Bat award. That offensive output was more than enough for his Tigers, and they took down the Twins 9-3.

The Pitcher of the Day award was a tight race, as two pitchers had complete games where they allowed 1 run, while the longest shutout went 7.2 innings. I’ll give Nick Pivetta the award though, as he pitched his complete game without any walks or home runs allowed. He allowed the 1 run on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts, leading his Phillies to the 4-1 win over the Reds.

The title of WPA King goes to Adrian Sampson, the other pitcher who threw a complete game yesterday. Sampson just barely (by .003 WPA) edged out Lucas Giolito, holder of the 7.2 shutout innings. Sampson gets the award after holding the Athletics to 1 run in the Rangers 3-1 victory, another tight battle that Sampson emerged victorious in. His WPA on the day was .504.

Find the Link

Find the link between Robbie Ray and Chris George.

Stats are courtesy of Fangraphs