Might be a good thing which the Blue Jays are departing Rogers Centre for a while. Their loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Angels has been Toronto’s 10 home defeat from 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 in contrast to 11-10 on the street.
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 with the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners. He had been exchanged by the Royals overdue in 2018 spring training to the Blue Jays for a player to be named. Gaviglio took Jaime Garcia’s turning place when Garcia went to 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) will have to pitch well to keep his spot and he’d last Saturday vs. Oakland, shutting out the A’s on six hits over 5.1 innings in a no-decision. His previous two appearances this season were both . Boston. This is his first street trip.
Philadelphia’s Zach Elfin (1-0, 1.56) also is a new addition to the rotation, making three starts considering a late April call-up from Triple-A to select the place of a wounded Ben Lively. Elfin threw quality starts his first two times to the mound, carrying a no-decision in the Marlins along with a triumph 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.