The Toronto Blue Jays will have just one lone former player representing both teams when the World Series kicks off on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays will meet up in a World Series match-up for the ages, however, don’t expect to see many familiar faces on either lineup card.
The 32-year old southpaw has found a way to rejuvenate his career in his first season with Tampa. Loup made 24 relief appearances this season accumulating a tidy 2.52 earned run average in 25 innings of work.
Loup has also made five scoreless postseason appearances thus far including one versus the Blue Jays in the Wild Card series. The southpaw was utilized successfully on four occasions versus the Astros in the ALCS.
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The lefty was drafted by Toronto in the 9th round of the 2009 amateur draft out of Tulane University. Loup would make his MLB debut in 2012 pitching seven seasons north of the border compiling 369 relief appearances.
During his tenure with the Jays, Loup was 12-20 with a 3.47 earned run average including six saves in 318.2 innings pitched. The Jays would deal Loup to the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline in 2018 in exchange for pitcher Jacob Waguespack.
Waguespack has made 27 appearances and sports a 5.08 earned run average over parts of the past two seasons following the trade. The 26-year old pitched out of the bullpen this season but made 13 starts in 2019.
The World Series should be an entertaining display of fundamentally sound baseball as both teams play stellar defence and possess top-flight arms. The Dodgers lineup would have the long-ball advantage but that hasn’t fazed the Rays in their previous match-ups with the Jays, Yankees, and Astros.
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