Drew Smyly
SP TB
3 days ago

Smyly will remain in the starting rotation despite his continuing struggles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old southpaw is now sporting an unsightly 2-11 record and 5.64 ERA that ranks as the highest of all pitchers who've thrown at least 90 frames this season. However, despite those numbers and the fact that he's given up at least four earned runs in five consecutive starts, Smyly is not a candidate for demotion at this time according to manager Kevin Cash. "Actually we talked to Drew (Tuesday), checked in, we had a good conversation," Cash said. "Drew is trying to work through this. He knows he's in a funk. At different parts of the season, I think different things have kind of left him, different pitches that he hasn't been able to find. ... We're excited to get his work in and to see him back out there Saturday in Oakland."

Drew Smyly
SP TB
5 days ago

Smyly (2-11) allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a loss Monday to the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Smyly last managed a quality start on June 15. This now marks the sixth time Smyly has allowed twice as many baserunners as innings pitched. His WHIP is up to a career high 1.36, and his 5.64 ERA won't be going down as long as he is allowing baserunners with such consistency.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
2 weeks ago

Smyly (2-10) allowed seven runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks over four innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

After pitching two scoreless innings, Smyly gave up four runs in the third inning, and things continued to go downhill from there, leading to his 10th loss of the year. He's now allowed at least four earned runs in seven of his last eight starts, and his ERA is up to 5.47. His next start will be after the All-Star break.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
3 weeks ago

Smyly (2-9) allowed six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and four walks while striking out eight to take the loss Friday against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Smyly held the Tigers in check for three innings before struggling to handle them the second time through the batting order. He's only been able to post one quality start over his last seven starts, and he now has a 5.33 ERA on the season. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Angels.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
4 weeks ago

Smyly (2-8) got tagged for eight runs on 10 hits (including three home runs) and a walk over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Orioles. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

He's still missing plenty of bats, as Smyly generated 17 swinging strikes among his 90 pitches, but it's what happens when he doesn't miss them that's the problem. He's now surrendered at least one homer in seven straight starts and 19 home runs total in 15 outings and 89.2 innings on the season for a brutal 1.91 HR/9 rate. He'll get no respite in his next start either, as he'll face the Tigers' array of right-handed sluggers at home Friday.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
1 month ago

Smyly didn't factor into the decision Monday in Cleveland, as he gave up four runs on eight hits over seven innings while striking out five without a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Smyly has an incredible 17 strikeouts and no walks over his last two starts, yet hasn't picked up a win over that span. His 4.78 ERA isn't very impressive, but luck hasn't been on the 27-year-old's side as he has accrued an atrocious 2-7 record thus far. His strikeout potential (9.99 K/9) makes Smyly an interesting option, though his next projected matchup Sunday in Baltimore is far from ideal.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
1 month ago

Smyly notched a career-high 12 strikeouts but was still saddled with a no-decision Wednesday versus the Mariners. He gave up four hits and a two-run homer to Nelson Cruz over 6.2 innings.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw was brilliant save for one pitch, throwing 67 of 101 pitches for strikes and inducing a whopping 19 swings-and-misses. Considering he'd been blasted for 19 hits and 12 earned runs over his previous two starts, Wednesday's outing was a sight for sore eyes for both the Rays and Smyly's fantasy owners. His whiff total was not only a career high, but also represented his third start this season with double-digit strikeouts. He'll try to stay on the right track next Monday versus Josh Tomlin and the Indians.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
1 month ago

Smyly will have his next start pushed back as a mental break, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

It doesn't appear as though there are any issues physically, but the Rays will look to give Smyly some time to clear his head after a dreadful stretch dating back to the start of May. It remains unclear at this point if he'll have his turn in the rotation skipped or if Smyly will instead get the ball early next week, but Chris Archer and Matt Moore will each have their next scheduled starts moved forward by a day as a result.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
2 months ago

Smyly allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks across just five innings Sunday versus the Twins. He struck out seven en route to a no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander allowed three extra-base hits Sunday, but unfortunately they all came in the third inning, when he allowed three runs and elevated his pitch count enough to limit himself to just two more frames. Smyly has fallen on rough times after a strong start to the season, as he has just one win in his last seven starts and has seen his ERA balloon over two full runs to 4.92 during that time. Things don't get any easier for Smyly, as he will face a hot Astros team in his next scheduled start Saturday.

Drew Smyly
SP TB
2 months ago

Smyly (2-7) lasted just four innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits while walking one and striking out three in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander's rough month came to a head Tuesday night in what was his worst defeat of the year. Smyly has now struck out a season low in consecutive weeks. It's hard not to wonder if Smyly's early-season success was simply a mirage. It's probably wise not to count much on the 26-year-old until he makes some sort of adjustment.