Might be a good thing that the Blue Jays are departing Rogers Centre for a little while. Their 8-1 loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Angels has been Toronto’s 10 home defeat from the past 13 games. Toronto has not 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 set to start journeyman right-hander Sam Gaviglio on Friday. Despite being 28 years old, he is in only his second season after splitting time with the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners. He had been exchanged by the Royals late at 2018 spring training into 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 regardless with 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 did last Saturday vs. Oakland, shutting out the A’s on six hits over 5.1 innings at a no-decision. His past 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) also is a fresh addition to the turning, making three starts considering a late April call-up out of Triple-A to select the spot of a wounded Ben Lively. Elfin threw quality begins his first twice to the mound, carrying a no-decision in the Marlins along with 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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