Tampa Bay Rays
2014 Avg.
Career Avg.
Name  Matt Joyce
Born  8/3/1984
Height  6-2
Weight  205
Number  20
Position  DH
Bats  L
Throws  R
9/9/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .391 batting average (9-for-23) with three solo home runs against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Joyce hasn't been swinging well of late, going 1-for-16 over the past five days, so may not be able to take advantage of the favorable matchup.
7/26/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .333 batting average (8-for-24) with two home runs against Red Sox starter John Lackey.
Insight: Joyce is one of four Rays starters (Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist are the others) batting over .333 for their career versus Lackey.
7/19/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .467 batting average (7-for-15) against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: The total includes a double, triple and two home runs for a 1.686 OPS. Joyce is batting .270 with seven homers and 40 RBI.
6/29/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce had as many hits Sunday as he had in his previous nine games combined.
Insight: Joyce (.274, 5 HR, 33 RBI, .784 OPS) went 5-for-6 with a double, two homers, four RBI and three runs Sunday at Baltimore. He had just one home run in his previous 65 games.
6/20/2014 3:11:00 PM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce will not start Friday night, despite a right-hander on the mound for Houston
Insight: Joyce (.266, 3 HR, 26RBI) can't hit lefties and rarely starts against them, but usually gets the nod with righties on the hill. Jerry Sands (.200, 1 HR, 4 RBI in 15 at-bats) will be the DH.
Hot4/20/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: With lefty Vidal Nuno on the mound for the Yankees Sunday, Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce will take a seat.
Insight: Joyce can't hit lefties and rarely starts against them. The 29-year-old is hitting .349 with two homers, seven RBI and a 1.044 OPS in 43 at-bats this year.
Hot4/18/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce is a career .357 hitter with three solo homers against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Joyce is off to a fine start, batting .324 with a 1.002 OPS. Assuming the platoon player is in the Rays starting lineup, he should be in yours as well.
Hot4/11/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Rays DH Matt Joyce went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Joyce is 11-for-26 (.423) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI, six BBs and five Ks so far.
3/31/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Rays DH Matt Joyce has always done lousy against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: In 26 at bats, Joyce has only managed four hits against the the right-hander. Joyce (.235, 18 HR, 47 RBI in 2013) will bat seventh in today's season opener.
9/25/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is 6-for-14 (.429) with a pair of homers and a 1.671 OPS against Yankees starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Joyce has been missing in action in September, batting a miniscule .091 in 17 games, but this is a favorable matchup.
Hot8/26/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Matt Joyce is 11-for-30 (.367) with a pair of homers against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Joyce is 7-for-18 (.389) over his last six games and should be started in this favorable matchup.
8/25/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Matt Joyce has three homers over his last seven games after failing to hit one for 45 straight games (29 starts) going back to June 16. He's also batting .368 (14-for-38) over his last 14 games. That still doesn't mean you should start him Sunday against Ivan Nova, however.
Insight: Joyce is 3-for-23 (.130) lifetime against the Yankees starter, with eight strikeouts.
8/16/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Matt Joyce went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against Toronto.
Insight: Joyce had gone 45 straight games (29 starts) without a home run. He had just four RBI during his drought and a pitiful 36 on the season in 325 at-bats.
7/27/2013 9:24:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Matt Joyce hasn't had success against Ivan Nova of the Yankees in their previous meetings.
Insight: Joyce is 3-for-21 (.143) against Nova, who will start Saturday. The outfielder is batting .240 with 14 homers, 33 RBI and a .756 OPS this season and has hit .222 with a .558 OPS in July.
7/24/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Matt Joyce is taking a breather Wednesday night against Boston.
Insight: It makes sense since Joyce is only hitting .182 against lefties this year and Felix Doubront will be pitching for the Red Sox. Rookie Wil Myers is starting in his place.
7/23/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay outfielder Matt Joyce is 4-for-8 against Boston left-hander Jon Lester with a pair of home runs, six RBI and a 1.806 OPS
Insight: Considering that the Rays' outfielder is normally not even in the lineup against most lefties due to a career .200 batting average, this figures to be a statistical oddity.
7/21/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Having to face R.A. Dickey isn't exactly Matt Joyce's idea of a good time.
Insight: The Rays right fielder owns a .125 lifetime average against Dickey, which is incovenient because that's who he'll be facing Sunday in the series finale. Fantasy owners should plan accordingly.
6/29/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Rays DH Matt Joyce is 6-for-14 (.429) with a pair of home runs against Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Insight: He's hitting just .139 over the past two weeks with no power, so it would be a tough start for any fantasy owner.
Cold6/23/2013 12:11:00 PM
Description: Rays DH Matt Joyce has been pitiful against New York righthander Ivan Nova throughout his career.
Insight: He's hitting just .118 against him with five whiffs in 17 at bats. Joyce is just three for his last 20 and Sunday's meeting with Nova certainly won't help matters. Consider subbing Joyce out for another outfielder if you can afford to do so.
Hot6/15/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Matt Joyce has homered in four of the last six games.
Insight: Joyce hit his 14th of the season Saturday against the Royals and is batting .319 with eight bombs and 18 RBI since May 18.

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