The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday 7-5 in the first of three games at the Rogers Centre. The Jays will look for back-to-back wins today as they send out 39-year-old pitcher Ramon Ortiz, who is in search of his own two-game winning streak.
Ortiz is coming off of his first win as a starter in over six years, as he went seven innings and the Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 11-3 in his last time out. Today, he’ll look to earn back-to-back wins as a starter since his days with Minnesota Twins. He’ll go up against the Rays’ Alex Cobb, who is having a great season on the mound with a 4-2 record and an ERA under three.
It will be key match-up for Ortiz, who is trying to keep his spot as a starting pitchers in the big leagues. Josh Johnson is set to return to the Jays in a few weeks as he had a warm up start in the minors on Monday and pitched very effectively. Once Johnson returns, it should be interesting to see where Ortiz fits in their plan.
If Ortiz continues to pitch the way he has been, this could be a start to something more in the future for him. If he continues to perform well as a Jay, his success could open up many more opportunities for him around the league if he’s able to earn enough stock to be considered a trade piece.
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