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Robbie Ray’s postseason debut for Toronto sure looked familiar

Toronto Blue Jays' Robbie Ray pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning of Game 1 of a wild card series playoff baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Arizona Diamondbacks fans know full well what to expect when Robbie Ray is pitching. Toronto Blue Jays fans are starting to get there.

Ray, who was traded by the D-backs at the trade deadline to Toronto, made his postseason debut for the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Entering the game, Ray had a 4.79 ERA in 20.2 innings. His 1.74 WHIP is not quite as nuclear as the 2.00 mark he had in Arizona, but is still a glaring issue it appears he’s still working out the kinks on.

Ray entered in relief after Blue Jays opener Matt Shoemaker threw three scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, with the score tied 0-0.

Against his first batter, Ray gave up a triple to Tampa’s Randy Arozarena that saw him go behind in the count 2-0. After striking out Nate Lowe next, he walked Willy Adames, and worst of all, ball four was a wild pitch that scored Arozarena.

He got another strikeout before falling behind 3-0 to Manuel Margot, eventually taking the eight-pitch at-bat to a foul out by Margot to end the inning.

Ray threw a first-pitch ball to all five batters and a total of 27 pitches in the inning,

Blue Jays Twitter summed up the experience well that D-backs fans are all too familiar with.

Ray recovered from there, getting six straight outs. He finished with five strikeouts over 3.0 innings, holding that one earned run from the fourth inning that wound up earning him the loss.


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