Drew Smyly SP TB 4 days ago

Smyly (1-3) took the loss Friday despite recording eight strikeouts against the dangerous Blue Jays lineup. He surrendered only two hits, two earned runs and a walk over six innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The recurring exercise in frustration that has been Smyly's 2016 season to date continued Friday, as he was saddled with his third loss despite a fourth consecutive quality start. After not surrendering a homer in three straight games, it was the long ball, along with a lack of run support, that did in the 26-year-old southpaw Friday. Michael Saunders and Josh Donaldson touched up Smyly for solo shots in the third and sixth inning, respectively, nullifying an effort from Smyly in which he induced an impressive 15 swings-and-misses and threw 63 of 99 pitches for strikes. He'll try to break his string of bad fortune in his next trip to the mound, next Wednesday versus the Dodgers.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 week ago

Smyly (1-2) surrendered six hits, an earned run and a walk over seven innings in Sunday's 8-1 victory over the Yankees. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The lefty was finally rewarded with a victory on his third consecutive quality start, thanks to some rare offensive support. Despite the fact that he'd pitched 15 innings of four-hit ball while only allow two earned runs over his previous pair of starts combined, Smyly had walked away with a loss and no-decision in those games. The 26-year-old managed to keep the Yankees frustrated all afternoon, throwing 64 of 93 pitches for strikes and notching first-pitch strikes on 17 of the 28 batters he faced. Smyly has clearly been the most effective of the Rays' top four starters so far this season, his rather lackluster record notwithstanding.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Smyly (0-2) threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out 11 against the Red Sox on Tuesday. He did not factor in the decision, however, as the game went into extra innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smyly was in a pitching duel with Boston's bullpen after starter Joe Kelly left in the first inning with stiffness in his right shoulder. Smyly struck out 11 for the second straight start -- tying his career high -- but, still was unable to capture that elusive first win of 2016. The 26-year-old has always displayed a knack for striking out hitters, but he has yet to stay healthy for an entire season. If Smyly can avoid the DL, he should be a top option in all formats.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly allowed two runs on three hits during Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Indians.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cleveland actually put up three runs with Smyly on the mound, but he was only charged with two thanks to a throwing error by Logan Forsythe. It's been a rough start for the lefty, as he's now given up seven total runs through two starts. The Rays could struggle to score runs this season, making things tough on their starting pitchers. Smyly suffered major shoulder issues last season, but did look strong with four wins last September. However, Fantasy owners will want to see better starts from the 26-year-old before fully trusting in him.

Drew Smyly SP TB 4 weeks ago

Smyly will not start as scheduled Saturday with the news that the Rays' matchup with the Orioles has been postponed.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smyly was set to face the Orioles on Saturday, but rain canceled both his start and the game. Smyly will not simply pushed back to Sunday, and is now set to make his next start Wednesday against the Indians.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Smyly (0-1) gave up five runs on six hits -- three of them homers -- and a walk over 6.2 innings against the Jays on Monday. He struck out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After getting off to a strong start, Smyly allowed homers in three consecutive innings. Fortunately, he won't have to face the Blue Jays every time out, but this certainly won't be the last time he sees them, and the rest of the AL East isn't short on offensive talent either. That said, Smyly's demonstrated excellent strikeout upside and should have better starts ahead. His next one will come against the Orioles on Saturday.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Smyly (3-1) threw four innings of no-hit ball and surrendered only one walk in Wednesday's 4-3 spring victory over a Red Sox split squad. He struck out seven.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 26-year-old southpaw commemorated his final tune-up for the regular season with his best outing of the exhibition slate, striking out a spring-high seven. Smyly has whiffed 21 hitters in 20 March frames, and finishes spring training with a 3-1 record and 2.70 ERA.

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Smyly (2-1) surrendered five hits, five earned runs and a walk over six innings in Friday's 6-1 spring loss to the Twins. He struck out four.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 26-year-old was touched up for three homers, two of them coming off the bat of Trevor Plouffe. Smyly blasted a shot over the left-field wall in the second, and came back with a two-run homer that left the park by way of left field in the sixth inning. Smyly, who's surrendered double-digit homers in three of his past four seasons, has now given up four over 16 spring training innings.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Smyly will pitch in an intrasquad game Sunday, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The southpaw has enjoyed a solid spring and will throw on three days rest after going 4.2 innings against the Phillies on Wednesday. The session is part of manager Kevin Cash's plan to keep his pitcher, and the team as a whole, on a regular routine, with their trip to Havana on tap. "We just want to make sure we load up everybody with ABs and innings on the field because we're going to have basically three days now where we're not going to be able to control that as well," Cash said.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 months ago

Smyly yielded three hits, one earned run and a walk over 4.2 innings in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Phillies. He also struck out four but did not factor into the decision.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The five-year veteran continued his outstanding spring, and currently leads all Rays pitchers with two victories during the exhibition slate. Smyly surrendered his first earned run over three appearances on a third-inning homer to right field by Cedric Hunter, but looked sharp otherwise, throwing 45 of his 66 pitches for strikes. The southpaw is currently slotted third in a Rays rotation spearheaded by ace Chris Archer that has a chance to be dominant should their collective health hold up.