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in Aufbau und Regelwerk 29.12.2018 07:40
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Blake Snell has faced the Toronto Blue Jays twice this season en route to what looks like the second Cy Young Award in the 20-year history of the Tampa Bay Rays.In those two games , Snell has pitched 11 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 17.Saturday night, he faces the Jays in his final start of the year, looking for his 22nd win when he faces Ryan Borucki in the second game of the final three-game series of the season.Article continues below ...Snell has 26 starts of two earned runs or less — 20 of one run or less. He has won nine straight starts, with a 1.03 ERA and is undefeated in 10 starts in August and September. His last loss came on July 12, before he went on the disabled list.The left-hander just defeated the Blue Jays last weekend in Toronto, when he outpitched Borucki Freddie Freeman Jersey , a hard-luck loser.“I think I’ll be telling my grandkids that I played behind him,” Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said after that game.Said manager Kevin Cash: “I think he’s pretty much cemented his case that he belongs, not just in the conversation but right at the top of the list. He’s been dominant now for a couple of months.”Snell’s last win came with his team still mathematically alive in its late-season charge at a wild-card berth. That changed the next night when the Rays were officially eliminated, making the final days less meaningful.Not for Snell, who broke David Price’s franchise record of 20 victories.The Jays were playing meaningless games a long time ago, and this weekend they’re playing their final series under manager John Gibbons after word came out Wednesday that Gibbons will not be overseeing the team’s rebuild.Friday night, Toronto nipped the Rays 7-6 as Tampa Bay lost its second straight game , its fourth in five home games this week.Borucki has been a bright spot in a tough season, coming into this start 4-5 with a 3.76 ERA in 16 starts.He has faced the Rays twice, going 0-2 but allowing just four runs in 13 innings while striking out 12.Before last Sunday’s start, the lefty threw eight scoreless innings, striking out seven, in a win at Baltimore. Then he ran into Snell.“It was definitely cool, he pitched a really good game ,” Borucki said. “He had all of his stuff working, kept us off balance and did a really good job. I was just trying to keep us in it, as close as we could. I had a couple of costly errors that cost me a couple of runs, but that’s just how it goes. He’s a pretty good pitcher.”So, apparently, is Borucki, who tossed his 11th quality start out of 16.“The kid can just pitch Tyler Flowers Jersey ,” said Gibbons. “I think his breaking ball has gotten better since he has been here and he knows what he’s doing. He can throw different things in different times. … The bottom line is he can pitch. He has a feel for what he is doing and that can take him a long way.”The current Rays are just 6-for-44 (.176) with no homers against Borucki, Mallex Smith 1-for-7 (.143) and C.J. Cron 1-for-6 (.167).Devon Travis is 3-for-7 (.429) and Kevin Pillar 5-for-14 (.357) with a home run against Snell, but Kendrys Morales is 1-for-11 (.091), the hit a homer, Randal Grichuk 1-for-8 (.125) and Justin Smoak 2-for-12 (.167) against him. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesAs the Philadelphia Phillies continue to explore potential upgrades before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ has popped up on their radar.Per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies have "definite interest" in acquiring Happ , and the Blue Jays have been scouting the Phillies' minor leagues recently.Happ knows the Phillies well. He was originally selected by the organization in the third round of the 2004 draft and pitched parts of four seasons with them from 2007-10 before being traded to the Houston Astros.The Blue Jays can start looking toward 2019 and beyond. They are currently 43-52 at the All-Star break, 14.5 games out of a playoff spot in the American League.Happ, 35, is in the final season of a three-year deal he signed with the Blue Jays in November 2015. The southpaw was named to the AL All-Star team this year after posting a 4.29 ERA with 121 strikeouts over 109 innings in 19 starts.The Phillies lead the National League East with a 53-42 record, but their margin of error is slim with the Atlanta Braves at 52-42. Philadelphia starters rank sixth in MLB with a 3.72 ERA, though the group can use depth with Zach Eflin on the disabled list and Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta each sporting ERAs over 4.30.

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