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Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees (Sep 23-26)

After an uneven but successful west coast road trip, the Toronto Blue Jays will open up a seven game homestand against the New York Yankees.

After a 4-3 west coast road trip, Toronto is now (83-69) on the season and have won 5 of their last 10. At the moment the Blue Jays trail Boston in the American League East by a 5 games, and sit in the first WC spot, 1 game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees (79-73) are 3-7 over their last 10 games and sit 3.0 games out of the second WC spot.

The Blue Jays have a 42-32 record at home this season, while the Yankees have a 35-42 road record in 2016.
Pitching:

TOR – (Starters) 3.79 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 1.13 HR/9, 7.6 K/9, .239/.303/.397

NYY – (Starters) 4.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1.47 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .264/.316/.452

TOR – (Relievers) 4.03 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1.20 HR/9, 9.2 K/9, .251/.314/.413

NYY – (Relievers) 3.53 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 1.17 HR/9, 10.1 K/9, .219/.292/.379
Offenses:

Toronto – R/G 4.75 – .248/.328/.430 – 494 XBH – 8.5 K/G

New York – R/G 4.23 – .253/.315/.408 – 426 XBH – 7.4 K/G
History: The Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees have played each other a total of 590 times with the advantage in the all-time series going to the Yankees at 326-264. Toronto has a 138-153-94 all-time record at home. Despite being swept at Yankee Stadium in their last series, Toronto is 9-6 against the Yankees this season, including a 5-1 record at the Rogers Centre.

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2016: 7-13, 5.08 ERA) vs. B. Mitchell RHP (2016: 1-1, 6.00 ERA)

Toronto will open up the crucial series with lefty Francisco Liriano on the mound. Liriano has pitched to a (7-13, 5.08 ERA, 1.527 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) in 2016, which includes his (1-2, 3.89 ERA, 1.243 WHIP, 8.8 K/9) record since being acquired via trade.

The lefty has a career record of (2-4, 3.72 ERA, 1.510 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) when facing the Yankees, including 2.0 IP, 1H, 0ER this season.

Liriano has a home record of (5-6, 4.62 ERA, 1.447 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) when pitching at home this season.

The Yankees will hand the ball to their young starters Bryan Mitchell. Mitchell has a record of (1-1, 6.00 ERA, 1.750 WHIP, 5.3 K/9) this season.

Over his career he is (1-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 4.8 K/9) when facing Toronto, including a 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2K performance in a win this season.

Mitchell has made one start on the road this season of 4.2 IP, 5H, 3ER.

Game 2

First Pitch – 4:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2016: 9-9, 4.50 ERA) vs. C. Sabathia LHP (2016: 8-12, 4.19 ERA)

Saturday’s afternoon game will Marcus Stroman get the start for Toronto. Stroman currently sits at (9-9, 4.50 ERA, 1.305 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) this season.

Over his career he has pitched to a (5-2, 2.53 ERA, 1.031 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) against the Yankees, including a (1-1, 2.77 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) over 2 starts this season.

Stroman has a (4-2, 4.90 ERA, 1.289 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) at the Rogers Centre this season.

The Yankees will counter with veteran lefty CC Sabathia. Sabathia currently sits with a (8-12, 4.19 ERA, 1.355 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) record for 2016.

Over his career he has a (15-9, 3.45 ERA, 1.093 WHIP, 8.6 K/9) record when facing the Blue Jays, including a (0-3, 4.26 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 10.9 K/9) record this season over 3 starts.

Sabathia has a (6-4, 3.54 ERA, 1.310 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) on the road this season, including one start in Toronto where he put up a strong 6IP, 5H, 2ER in a loss. Over his career he is (7-3, 3.19 ERA, 1.132 WHIP, 8.2 K/9) when starting at the Rogers Centre.

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2016: 9-9, 3.62 ERA) vs. M. Pineda RHP (2016: 6-11, 4.89 ERA)

Toronto will send Marco Estrada to the mound for Sunday’s afternoon game. Estrada has struggled at times this season, but still has a respectable (9-9, 3.62 ERA, 1.128 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) record.

Over his career he has pitched to a (3-2, 4.09 ERA, 1.204 WHIP, 5.2 K/9) when facing the Yankees, including a (2-0, 3.79 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 4.7 K/9) record in 2016 over 3 starts.

Estrada has pitched to a (3-7, 3.76 ERA, 1.242 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) record at home this season.

The Yankees will lean on Michael Pineda to counter Estrada. Pineda has pitched to a (6-11, 4.89 ERA, 1.346 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) this season.

Over his career he has pitched well against Toronto with a (2-3, 3.25 ERA, 1.164 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) record, including a (0-1, 1.64 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) record in 2016 over 2 starts.

Pineda owns a (2-7, 5.36 ERA, 1.445 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) away from Yankee Stadium this season. He is also (1-3, 2.78 ERA, 1.082 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) in his career at the Rogers Centre.

Game 4

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

J. Happ LHP (2016: 20-4, 3.28 ERA) vs. TBD RHP (2016: 0-0, 0.00 ERA)

The series finale will see lefty J.A. Happ take the mound for the Blue Jays. Happ has an impressive (20-4, 3.28 ERA, 1.169 WHIP, 7.9 K/9) record this season.

Over his career he has a (6-2, 4.02 ERA, 1.251 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) when facing the Yankees, including a (3-0, 2.39 ERA, 1.139 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) record this season over 4 starts.

Happ has been stellar at the Rogers Centre this season with a (11-2, 3.05 ERA, 1.185 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) record.

New York’s starter for Sunday is currently TBD. The information will be updated when announced.

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN
**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.