Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs San Diego Padres (Jul 25-27)

After dropping a series to the Mariners this past weekend, the Blue Jays will play host to the Padres for the first time in team history.

The Toronto Blue Jays (55-42) will welcome the San Diego Padres (43-56) to the Rogers Centre for the first time this week.  Toronto is 27-22 at home this season, with a 11-6 record during interleague play. San Diego is a paltry 19-31 on road in 2016, with a 4-7 interleague record.

Toronto is currently 3.0 GB and in 3rd place in the AL East, while the Padres are 15.5 GB and in 4th in the NL West.

Pitching staffs:

TOR- (Starters) 3.71 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 1.15 HR/9, 7.28 K/9, .238/.301/.402

SDP- (Starters) 4.63 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 1.25 HR/9, 7.73 K/9, .263/.336/.435

TOR – (Relievers) 4.10 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.17 HR/9, 8.8 K/9, .258/.318/.418

SDP – (Relievers) 4.48 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 1.13 HR/9, 8.9 K/9, .252/.330/.427

Offenses:

Toronto – R/G 4.90 – .251/.331/.437 – 329 XBH – 8.2 K/G

San Diego – R/G 4.41 – .243/.303/.405 – 298 XBH – 9.2 K/G

History: This series will make history for the San Diego Padres as they have never played a single game in Toronto despite the advent of interleague play in MLB. The two teams have played each 9 times in the past, in 3 different series’ in 2004, 2010, and 2013. The Blue Jays have a slight 5-4 all-time series lead.

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

A. Sanchez RHP (2016: 10-1, 2.87 ERA) vs. C. Rea RHP (2016: 5-4, 5.01 ERA)

Aaron Sanchez (10-1, 2.87 ERA, 1.173 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) will take the ball to get the series going for Toronto on Monday night.

While the young right-hander has never faced the Padres during his young career, he does own a (3-0, 1.23 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 5.3 K/9) record in interleague play this season.

Sanchez is a solid (3-1, 4.07 ERA, 1.356 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) at Rogers Centre this season.

The Padres will send Iowa native, Colin Rea, out to face-off against Toronto. Rea has seen his struggles this season indicated by his (5-4, 5.01 ERA, 1.459 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) record.

The sophomore pitcher has never faced the Blue Jays in his career, but does have a (1-0, 4.76 ERA, 1.059 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) during interleague play this season.

Rea holds a (2-2, 5.59 ERA, 1.757 WHIP, 7.1 K/9) record away from Petco Field in 2016.

Photo Credit: Joel Dinda (Flickr)

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2016: 8-4, 4.90 ERA) vs. A. Cashner LHP (2016: 4-7, 4.79 ERA)

Tuesday’s night match-up will see Marcus Stroman and his (8-4, 4.90 ERA, 1.337 WHIP, 6.6 K/9) record to the hill.

Stroman holds a (3-1, 4.98 ERA, 1.308 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) record at home this season.

His interleague record for 2016 is an impressive (2-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 8.0 K/9)

The big right-hander Andrew Cashner, whose name has been tied to the Blue Jays in trade talks will take to the mound to face Stroman. Cashner (4-7, 4.79 ERA, 1.457 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) is not having a great season for the Padres and will be a free agent after the season.

The Texas native has never faced the Blue Jays in his career, but hold a (0-2. 2.92 ERA, 1.216 WHIP, 6.6 K/9) during interleague play this season

Cashner has been unreliable on the road in 2016 with a (0-4, 6.59 ERA, 1.570 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) record.

Game 3

First Pitch – 12:37 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2016: 5-4, 2.94 ERA) vs. L. Perdomo LHP (2016: 4-4, 6.93 ERA)

The final game of the series will see Marco Estrada take the ball to face the Padres for an afternoon game. Estrada (5-4, 2.94 ERA, 1.006 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) looked good in his last start after coming off the DL, and will be looking to continue his excellent season.

During his career, Estrada has faced San Diego 5 times (1 GS) and has posted a (0-2, 1.54 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 3.9 K/9) record.

Rogers Centre has been good to the RHP as his (2-3, 2.50 ERA, 0.936 WHIP, 8.7 K/9) record can attest.

Estrada holds a (1-1, 3.16 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, 10.2 K/9) record during interleague play in 2016.

The Padres will counter will Luis Perdomo on Wednesday afternoon. The young Perdomo (4-4, 6.93 ERA, 1.839 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) has struggled mightily this season, but does have better numbers (3-3, 5.55, 1.574 WHIP, 7.1 K/9) as a starter for San Diego this season.

The native of the Dominican Republic has never faced the Blue Jays, and has really been hit hard (0-0, 15.43 ERA, 2.286 WHIP, 10.3 K/9) in his 7 IP during interleague play.

Perdomo has a (2-2, 5.86 ERA, 1.618 WHIP, 8.2 K/9) on the road, away from Petco Field during his rookie season.

Photo Credit: Keith Allison (flickr)

Player(s) to Watch:

Blue Jays

Edwin Encarnacion – has slowed a bit of late, but is still putting up some power numbers. EE is hitting 265/352/550 (27 HR/87 RBI) on the season, and his hitting 279/397/770 (9 HR/20 RBI) in 16 interleague games this season.

Josh Donaldson – The slugging third baseman is a fixture in this feature, which makes sense considering his 302/415/587 (24 HR/70 RBI) slash line this season. Donaldson is also hitting 439/538/742 (4 HR/15 RBI) over 17 interleague games.

Jose Bautista – Adding Bautista to this list may be a little premature, however, with him coming back from the DL, he should be well rested and ready to go for the second half. His 230/360/455 (12 HR/41 RBI) slash on the season will be a welcomed addition to he lineup.

Padres

Wil Myers – The former Tampa Bay Ray is in the midst of his best season in his young career. His current slash of 275/347/499 (20 HR/63 RBI) has been a revelation for a typically anemic Padres offense.

Matt Kemp – The former NL MVP has seen his share of struggles but, he is having a decent season for San Diego. His season slash of 260/279/486 (22 HR/67 RBI) doesn’t exactly jump off the page, however, he does have the ability to change a game in a hurry if not pitched to properly.

Melvin Upton – is another Padre having a bounce back season in 2016. After struggling over 2 seasons after signing a big free agent contract, Upton, has been much improved this in San Diego. His current slash line of 256/304/439 (16 HR/45 RBI) has rebuilt some of his value, and has his name being mentioned in some deadline trade talks.

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN
**Rea Photo Credit – Joel Dinda (Flickr) – UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0
***Perdomo Photo Credit – Keith Allison (flickr) – UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0
****Featured Image Credit: genevieve.ducret (Flickr) – UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.