The Blue Jays continue their 4 game series in Tampa Bay this afternoon against the Rays, looking for a win today to guarantee at least a series split. The game gets underway shortly, set for 1:10 EDT.
Blue Jays’ Starter
Trent Thornton makes the short rest start for the Jays, after having last pitched in game 2 of Thursday’s double header. That start was his first back from the Injured List, and he was out after getting just 2 outs. On 32 pitches, he got touched up for 6 runs on 5 hits and a walk. But it wasn’t quite as bad as that line looks, as the first 3 hits were bloops just into the outfield. As the inning continued to drag on, fatigue became quite evident as the last two hits were pretty solid on very bad pitches.
The Rays will counter with a 24 year old making his Major League Debut in Josh Fleming. Fleming entered the 2020 season as “another prospect of note” outside of the Rays’ Top 56 on Fangraphs, so their expectations likely aren’t that high. This is Fangraphs’ brief write-up of him.
“Fleming is a strike-throwing lefty with a heavy sinker, a curve, and a change. He’s pitched his way to the upper levels as a starter. If a velo bump comes in a bullpen move, he’s going to be a big leaguer”
Fleming spent most of 2019 in AA, with 4 appearances at AAA as well. In total across 20 starts plus 5 relief appearances, Fleming went 12-7 with a 3.57 ERA. In 148.2 innings, he allowed 151 hits with just 27 walks, striking out 108.
Blue Jays’ Lineup
Jose Abreu and Trent Grisham are the co-winners of the Monster Bat award, as they both launched 3 home runs yesterday. Abreu went 4-4 with 4 RBI and a walk in the White Sox’ 7-4 win over the Cubs. Grisham went 4-5 while driving in 6 runs in the Padres’ 13-2 whipping of the Astros.
Abreu, for his efforts, put up a .385 WPA which gave him the WPA King trophy as well.
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