Laffey will make his second start for the Jays after impressing against the Boston Red Sox in his first start of the season. On June 26, Laffey threw six inning of shutout ball, giving up three hits and striking out a pair of batters.
Against Boston, Laffey continually got ahead in the count, throwing first pitch strikes like clockwork. The soft tossing lefty will need to implement a similar strategy if he hopes to give a Rogers Centre crowd a happy national birthday this weekend, as falling behind against sluggers like Mark Trumbo, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout will almost certainly spell disaster.
Laffey also did himself a favor by consistently keeping the ball on the ground, another thing he will need to do once again if he hopes to build on last start's success.