Drew Smyly
SP TB
2 months ago

Smyly is a candidate to be moved this offseason from a Rays team looking to cut salary, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old left-hander struggled through the majority of the campaign, amassing a career-high 12 losses and 4.88 ERA in the process. Smyly's 1.27 WHIP was also his highest in a full season, while the 32 homers he surrendered were nearly double his previous high of 18, which came in his Rays/Tigers tenures in 2014. His first half was particularly poor, with the lefty tallying only a pair of victories against 10 losses, along with a 5.47 ERA. Although he rebounded in the second half to forge a 5-2 record and generate a more respectable 4.08 ERA, the approximate $7 million he stands to be awarded in arbitration would likely prove too costly for a team looking to shore up the bullpen with some proven arms this offseason.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
2 months ago

Smyly will not start Sunday against the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Chase Whitley will get the nod instead in the season finale. That means Smyly is presumably done for the year, unless the team decides to throw him out there for his first relief appearance of the season this weekend. The 27-year-old Smyly has labored through his most recent outings, having exceeded his innings total from 2015 by more than 100 frames.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
2 months ago

Smyly (7-12) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts over five innings in the loss Monday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Smyly has completed six innings just once in his past five starts and has allowed 30 hits in just 25.1 innings and a 5.33 ERA in that span. Although he didn't allow a home run for the first time in that stretch on Monday, he did give up two doubles, both of which would eventually come around to score. Smyly's 4.88 season ERA can largely be pinned on his susceptibility to the extra-base hit, as he has given up 32 homers in just 30 starts this season.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
2 months ago

Smyly pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three Yankees in Tuesday's no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

The lefty turned a 2-1 lead over to the bullpen, only to watch Brad Boxberger promptly give up four runs in the seventh, throwing Smyly's fine outing by the wayside. It was certainly a disappointing outcome for the hurler, who has won five straight decisions, especially considering he was only at 87 pitches and could have work his way into the seventh. On the bright side, Tuesday's performance earned Smyly his first quality in his last four outings while lowing the 27-year-old's ERA to 4.86, its lowest mark since Aug. 26. He'll go for his eighth win of the season when he takes the hill for his next start Monday against the White Sox.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
3 months ago

Smyly (7-11) threw 5.2 innings while allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, earning a win against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

The two runs came on a two-run blast by Toronto catcher Russell Martin in the sixth, which caused Smyly to be removed from the game. It's been somewhat of a disappointing season for Smyly, who entered the day with a 6-11 record and an ERA of 5.05 after never having an ERA above 4.00 his last four seasons. He'll look to keep things rolling against the Orioles on Sunday.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
3 months ago

Smyly lasted just 3.2 innings Wednesday in a start against the Orioles, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks, receiving no decision. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Smyly recorded just 11 outs on 88 pitches Wednesday, but was spared the loss as the Rays chased Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy after just 3.2 innings as well, and eventually won the game 7-6. Smyly has disappointed expectations this season, sporting a 5.05 ERA over 28 starts. His 1.28 WHIP suggests some back luck, but he's also given up 30 home runs, good enough for fifth most in the major leagues. He'll try to right the ship on Monday against the Blue Jays.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
3 months ago

Smyly allowed five runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two over five innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

All the runs he allowed came off the two homers he yielded. First, a solo bomb to Xander Bogaerts and then a grand slam to Hanley Ramirez. Smyly worked his way through five, but by that time, he had lost the lead. Fortunately, Tampa Bay tied the game in the eighth to get Smyly off the hook. He will face another tough matchup in his next start versus the Orioles on Tuesday.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
3 months ago

Smyly didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Astros but recorded eight strikeouts and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over six innings.

EDGE Analysis

The lefty continued his recent stretch of strong pitching, going at least six innings for the seventh straight outing while giving up two earned runs or less for the sixth time over that span. Smyly's eight strikeouts also served as his second-highest total in that category since July 1 and the effort brought nudged his ERA down for the seventh consecutive start. Although his chance at a fourth consecutive victory was lost when closer Alex Colome imploded in the ninth by giving up back-to-back homers, Smyly's season has undeniably taken a 360-degree turn for the better in the second half of the campaign.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
3 months ago

Smyly (6-11) allowed four runs on five hits, including two home runs, and a walk while striking out seven in 6.2 innings during Sunday's win over the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

It's the eighth time in 24 starts that Smyly has served up multiple homers in a game but this was the first time he managed to win one of those outings, as the Rays' offense gave him plenty of support. He's now won four straight decisions thanks in large part to Tampa scoring 6.8 runs/game for him during that stretch, although his 3.03 ERA and 29:8 K:BB in 32.2 innings over those five games deserve some credit too. He'll next take the mound Friday in Houston, which may not help him get his long ball issue under control.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
4 months ago

Smyly (5-11) was dominant in a winning effort on Monday, allowing just one run in seven innings. He surrendered just one hit, walked two, and struck out four against the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Smyly allowed a first-inning homer to Alexei Ramirez and then proceeded to hold the Padres hitless for the next six innings. The lefty has had his share of troubles this season, but in his last five starts he has allowed a total of just eight runs. Smyly will try to keep his hot streak in tact when he takes the mound against the Rangers on Sunday.