Even after a three-game winning streak, the Toronto Blue Jays have a long way to go to get back to .500.
Toronto looks to continue their winning ways as they open a three-game set against the Texas Rangers at SkyDome.
Ted Lilly will start the series opener for the Blue Jays, and is hoping to rebound from his latest struggles.
Since pitching a six-hitter at Minnesota on April 26, Lilly has failed to get past the sixth inning in five straight starts. He’s winless since May 1, and has failed to register a decision in any of those starts.
Texas pitching coach Gil Patterson says the key to Lilly’s success is mental, not physical.
“He’s not a thrower, he’s a pitcher.” Patterson said. “He knows how to change speeds and he’s very intelligent that way. (He needs) to throw with more determination and conviction. Up to this point, he hasn’t been forceful or aggressive.”
Improved play at home, as well as previous success against Texas may help Lilly—who is 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers— as the Blue Jays have won 12 of their last 17 games at SkyDome after starting off with an 0-8 record.
Texas comes into this series having lost two straight and three of its last four games after off a 9-0 loss at Chicago on Thursday night, and have been shut out in back-to-back
The Rangers are hoping to build on their recent success against the Blue Jays, as they are 20-17 against them since the 2000 season, including a 10-9 mark at SkyDome.