Monday, June 20, 2016

Smyly, Tomlin face off at Progressive Field

The Rays and Indians kick off a three-game series at Progressive Field on Monday night.
Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.75) will start for the Rays and he'll be opposed by Josh Tomlin (8-1, 3.27).
Smyly is coming off a no-decision against the Mariners on Wednesday that saw him strike out a career-high 12 hitters in 5 2/3 innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 14 appearances against the Indians. He is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in six career appearances at Progressive Field.
The left-hander said he had a better feel for his offspeed pitches than he had during his recent outings.
Tomlin pitched well Tuesday at Kansas City when he held the Royals to one run on seven hits in seven innings. He has received a no-decision in back-to-back outings after going 8-1 through his first 10 starts. In three June starts he has given up four runs over 19 2/3 innings.
Tomlin is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.
Three things to know about this game:
• The Rays have hit five home runs in 32 road games, second in the Major Leagues to the Blue Jays (59 in 37 games). They are on pace for 144 home runs on the road, which would break the Major League record held by the Barry Bonds-powered 2001 Giants (138). Bonds hit 36 of his Major-League record 73 that year on the road.
• Smyly has surrendered 15 home runs this season, including eight in his last five starts spanning 28 innings pitched. Tomlin has given up at least one homer in 10 of his 12 outings this year. He has allowed 13 home runs in the 2016 season.
• Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes is hitting .364 (4-for-11) with two RBIs and a pair of home runs off Smyly in his career. He is the only active Tribe member with double digit career at-bats against Smyly hitting north of .214.

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