Might be a fantastic thing that the Blue Jays are leaving Rogers Centre for a little while. Their 8-1 loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Angels was Toronto’s 10 home defeat in the previous 13 games. Toronto has not won a home series since April 17-18 vs. Kansas City and is currently 12-17 at home compared to 11-10 on the road.
The Blue Jays are put to start journeyman right-hander Sam Gaviglio on Friday. Despite being 28 years old, he is in only his second season after splitting time last year with the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners. He had been traded by the Royals overdue in 2018 spring training to the Blue Jays for a player to be named. Gaviglio took Jaime Garcia’s rotation spot when Garcia went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Garcia had not been great no matter a 2-3 record and 6.28 ERA. Gaviglio (1-0, 0.93 ERA) would need to pitch well to keep his place 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 new addition to the rotation, making three starts considering a late April call-up out of Triple-A to select the place of an injured Ben Lively. Elfin threw quality begins his first two times to the mound, taking a no-decision in the Marlins and a win over the Giants. He also pitched last Saturday and took a no-decision in allowing four runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings in St. Louis.
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