Might be a fantastic thing which the Blue Jays are leaving Rogers Centre for a while. Their 8-1 loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Angels was Toronto’s 10 home defeat from the past 13 games. Toronto hasn’t won a home series since April 17-18 vs. Kansas City and is now 12-17 at home in contrast to 11-10 on the road.
The Blue Jays are put to begin journeyman right-hander Sam Gaviglio on Friday. Despite being 28 years old, he’s in only his second season after splitting time last year with the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners. He was traded by the Royals late in 2018 spring training to the Blue Jays for a player to be named. Gaviglio took Jaime Garcia’s rotation place when Garcia went to the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Garcia hadn’t been great no matter a 2-3 record and 6.28 ERA. Gaviglio (1-0, 0.93 ERA) would have to pitch well to keep his spot and he’d last Saturday vs. Oakland, shutting out the A’s about six hits over 5.1 innings in a no-decision. His previous two appearances this year were both in relief vs. Boston. This will be his first street trip.
Philadelphia’s Zach Elfin (1-0, 1.56) is a fresh addition to the rotation, making three starts since a late April call-up out of Triple-A to select the spot of an injured Ben Lively. Elfin threw quality begins his first twice to the mound, taking a no-decision at the Marlins and a win over the Giants. He also pitched past Saturday and took a no-decision in allowing four runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings in St. Louis.
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