Blue Jays open second half against division rival Rays

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Jul 5, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) in the dugout against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2: Saturday, July 18th  –  1:07 ET

R.A. Dickey vs. Erasmo Ramirez

Dickey receiving the second start after the break was a surprise to me, as I thought the Jays would save him for the spacious confines in Oakland. Regardless, like Hutchison, the knuckler will look to set his season on the right track down the stretch.  Dickey now sits at 3-10 after four straight losses with an ERA of 4.87.

The issue for Dickey has been control, and it’s been over a month since he walked one batter or less in a start. The knuckleball has moved too much at times, and hitters are learning not to chase it outside of the zone. Keep in mind that Dickey did come on strong in the latter half last season, though, so it’s not out of the question.

Tampa Bay will counter with the red-hot Erasmo Ramirez. While the righty doesn’t typically work deep into games, he hasn’t allowed more than one earned run since June 10th against the Los Angeles Angels. In his most recent outing, Ramirez tossed 6.0 innings of one run ball, allowing four hits and striking out five en route to his eighth win of the season.

Next: Game 3: David vs. Goliath