Might be a fantastic thing which the Blue Jays are departing Rogers Centre for a little while. Their 8-1 loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Angels was the 10 home defeat of Toronto from the past 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 set to begin 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 late at 2018 spring training to the Blue Jays for a player to be named. Gaviglio took Jaime Garcia’s turning spot when Garcia went on 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 need to pitch well to maintain his place and he’d last Saturday vs. Oakland, shutting the A’s about six hits over 5.1 innings at a no-decision. His past two appearances this season were both in relief vs. Boston. This will be his first road trip.
Philadelphia’s Zach Elfin (1-0, 1.56) is a fresh addition to the turning, 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 twice to the mound, carrying a no-decision in the Marlins and a win over the Giants. In addition, he 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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