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Drew Smyly | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Arkansas
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (0) / DET
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Drew Smyly crashed and burned in Sunday's loss to the Orioles, yielding eight runs on 10 hits over five innings.
Ouch. Smyly did strike out six against just one walk, but it was a disappointing outing just about any other way you slice it. Chris Davis set the tone well enough in the first inning, launching a grand slam off the 27-year-old southpaw. The O's would strike for additional singular runs in the second and third innings before scoring a pair in the fifth to finish off Smyly's disappointing line. The terrifying performance pushed his ERA from 4.78 to 5.32. He will try to rebound in a home start against the Tigers next time he toes the rubber. Jun 26 - 5:17 PM

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Drew Smyly allowed four runs over seven innings in a no-decision Monday against the Indians.

Smyly started out as strong as he ended his last start, striking out five of the first nine batters he faced. It went downhill from there, as Smyly finished with those five strikeouts while allowing runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. He gave up eight hits in total without walking a batter. Smyly will carry a 4.78 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 94/19 K/BB ratio into this weekend's start against the Orioles.
Jun 20 - 10:24 PM

Drew Smyly fanned a whopping 12 hitters without walking any in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday.

Smyly had to settle for a no-decision in the 13-inning game after letting in two runs on four hits. All the damage came on a two-run bomb by Nelson Cruz. Smyly has struggled badly this season but this dominant game is an example of why pundits were high on him coming into the year. Smyly's ERA improves to a still ugly 4.75 despite his elite 10.31 K/9. Expect some improvement as the season unfolds. He should get two starts next week.
Jun 16 - 12:51 AM

Drew Smyly is not expected to make his next start until June 15 against the Mariners.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that he wants Smyly to get some mental and physical rest. 10 days will hopefully do the trick. The left-hander has allowed 17 earned runs over his last three starts and has a rough-looking 4.94 ERA in 71 total innings this year.
Jun 8 - 2:17 PM

Drew Smyly allowed four earned runs over five innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Twins.

Another ugly line for Smyly, who got roughed up for eight runs on 12 hits over four innings last time out against the Royals. The light-hitting Twins tagged him for seven hits on Sunday and also drew three walks. Smyly looks like a guy who might be going through a dead-arm period. He's lined up to face the Astros next.
Jun 5 - 6:49 PM

Drew Smyly was under siege Tuesday, allowing eight runs on 12 hits over four innings in a loss to the Royals.

Smyly allowed two runs in the first inning and one in the third before the Royals struck for five more in the fourth. The start was the second subpar showing in a row for the southpaw, who has seen his ERA inflate from 3.54 to 4.77 in that span. There was some amount of luck in his early-season success, but this feels like an overcorrection. Smyly will look to bounce back Sunday at the Twins.
Jun 1 - 12:23 AM

Drew Smyly yielded five runs in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Marlins.

Smyly had a 2.60 ERA and a 41/6 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings during April. In May, he has a 5.59 ERA and a 26/9 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. We still feel pretty good about him as a mixed-league option, though. He'll face the Royals in Kansas City next time out.
May 26 - 4:20 PM

Drew Smyly allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

Two home runs accounted for all three of the Tigers' runs against Smyly. It's an issue he's had in a handful of starts so far this year -- in four starts he's allowed two or more homers, while allowing zero combined in the other five. Despite a 3.54 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 63/14 K/BB ratio over 56 innings, Smyly is now 2-5 on the year. An interleague date with the Marlins is on tap for Thursday.
May 21 - 7:52 PM

Drew Smyly lasted just five innings but allowed only one run to pick up a win in Monday's 13-2 blowout victory over the Blue Jays.

Smyly has had a few terrific outings this season. This wasn't one of them, but he made it work despite four walks, as he struck out six and allowed four hits and a lone run. It was a solid rebound outing in a tough matchup following his worst start of the season last week in Seattle. Smyly will carry a 3.44 ERA into his old stomping grounds in Detroit this weekend.
May 16 - 11:20 PM

Drew Smyly had a rough one in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, yielding six runs on 10 hits over five innings.

The Mariners struck for a pair of big innings against Smyly, with Franklin Gutierrez rocking a two-run homer in a three-run first and Dae-Ho Lee doing it all himself with a three-run homer in the fourth. Smyly did strike out five without walking a batter, but that is about the only positive to take from the outing. This start aside, the 26-year-old southpaw has posted a fine season while pitching to a 3.63 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 46/6 K/BB ratio across 44 2/3 innings. He'll play host to the A's next time he toes the rubber.
May 11 - 1:34 AM

Drew Smyly pitched well in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing two runs on two hits over six frames.

Smyly punched out eight on the evening while walking one. All of the damage against him came via solo home runs, with Michael Saunders hitting a solo blast in the third inning and Josh Donaldson replicating the feat in the sixth. Even against a strong offense that clubs left-handed pitching, Smyly continued his very strong start to the season. He'll carry an impressive 2.60 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 41/6 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Dodgers.
Apr 29 - 9:58 PM

Drew Smyly hurled seven innings of one-run ball in the Rays' 8-1 rout of the Yankees on Sunday.

Yet another fantastic outing from the 26-year-old left-hander, who finally got a little run support and notched his first win of the 2016 season. He struck out 11 batters and gave up just one hit over eight innings this past Tuesday against the Red Sox, but the Rays didn't put a run on the board until the top of the 10th inning. Smyly fanned six Yankees on Sunday and issued just one walk. He boasts a 2.51 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 33/5 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings this year and a 2.52 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 154/36 K/BB ratio in total 143 innings since joining Tampa Bay.
Apr 24 - 4:23 PM

Drew Smyly turned in a second straight dominant outing Tuesday, striking out 11 batters while yielding just one hit over eight frames in a 3-0 win over the Red Sox.

Smyly failed to come away with a victory, as the Rays finally broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the 10th inning. That certainly doesn't take away anything from what the southpaw did, however, as he gave up just one single, walked two and notched 11 punchouts for the second outing in a row. Smyly was knocked around by the Blue Jays in his first start of the season, but he's been fantastic versus the Indians and now the Red Sox. He'll try to keep it rolling this weekend in the Bronx.
Apr 19 - 11:49 PM

Drew Smyly was filthy on Wednesday and struck out 11 in seven innings of work in a loss to Cleveland.

The gaudy number of strikeouts will surely stand out -- he now has 16 strikeouts in just 13 2/3 innings -- but they've come against the Blue Jays and Indians, two of the highest-strikeout teams in the league. That is to say, don't expect this level of performance all season against all teams. Home runs have historically been a problem for Smyly and still project to be (as they were last week). The lefty only gave up two earned runs on Wednesday, neither of which were homers, so it was an all-around solid performance that just lacked sufficient run support to be special.
Apr 13 - 10:39 PM

Drew Smyly was touched up for five runs across 6 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Smyly did strike out five and walked just one, but he served up three home runs and a double among six hits. The southpaw threw 99 pitches across his 6 2/3 frames. We'll forgive Smyly, as most left-handers have very little chances against the slew of right-handed Blue Jays sluggers. He'll try to bounce back against the Orioles this weekend.
Apr 4 - 10:39 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Taylor Motter
3Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
3Jaff Decker
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Blake Snell
6Matt Andriese
7Alex Cobb
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Tyler Sturdevant
7Erasmo Ramirez
8Ryan Garton
9Danny Farquhar