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Game #2 Preview: Shoemaker vs Yarbrough

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Blue Jays (1-0) vs Rays (0-1)

Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

After the win last night, the first place Blue Jays continue their 3 game set against the last place Rays this afternoon. Gametime is set for 3:10 EDT.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Matt Shoemaker makes his return to the mound after going down over a year ago with a torn ACL. He was pitching quite well at the time of injury, as through his 5 starts he was 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA over 28.2 innings.

It’s probably worth pointing out that his two best starts last year were against the Orioles and Tigers, where he went 7 shutout innings against each. But he was still very much serviceable in his starts against the Red Sox and Twins, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) over 11.2 innings. I would expect more of that pitcher this year compared to the 1.57 ERA.

Rays’ Starter

The Rays will counter with Ryan Yarbrough, the lefty who has spent a good portion of his career as the bulk guy, but seems to have evolved into a full fledged starter. His last 9 appearances last year were strictly as a starter, compared to just 11 of his 57 career appearances prior.

In 141.2 innings last year, Yarbrough went 11-6 with a 4.13 ERA, although his FIP had him pegged a bit better at 3.55. He does a decent job keeping the ball in the park, but his true value comes from limiting the walk, as he allowed just 1.27 per 9 innings last year, 3rd best among pitchers with at least 100 innings (1st was last night’s start Hyun-Jin Ryu at 1.18).

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Rays’ Lineup

Yesterday’s Heroes

Max Muncy went 3-4 with a walk and a pair of solo home runs to pick up the Monster Bat award. The Dodgers once again trounced the rival Giants, this time 9-1, and are showing that they’ll probably win NL West by 30 games this year.

Kyle Hendricks went the distance in the first complete game shutout of 2020, holding the rival Brewers off the board as the Cubs won 3-0 to earn Pitcher of the Day honours.

Everyone got the first glimpse of the free runner in last night’s Athletics-Angels game, and that’s also where we find our WPA King. By the time Laureano led off the 10th inning with a bean ball that put 2 runners on (not confusing) he already had a game changing triple in the bottom of the 8th that tied the game and set the Athletics up for a go ahead run (which did come, before the Angels tied it in the 9th). Overall, Laureano went 2-3 with that triple, a walk and HBP, plus a game tying home run in the bottom of the 4th. That all adds up to a very solid .685 WPA.

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