Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles (Sep 27-29)

The Toronto Blue Jays welcome division and closest wild card rival, Baltimore Orioles, to the Rogers Centre for a big three game series.

 

After a 3-1 series win over the New York Yankees, Toronto is now (86-70) on the season and have won 6 of their last 10. At the moment the Blue Jays trail Boston in the American League East by 6.0 games, and sit in the first WC spot, 1 game ahead of Baltimore. The Orioles (85-71) are 5-5 over their last 10 games and sit 2.0 games up on the second WC spot.

The Blue Jays have a 45-33 record at home this season, while the Orioles have a 35-40 road record in 2016.
Pitching:

TOR – (Starters) 3.72 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 1.12 HR/9, 7.6 K/9, .237/.301/.393

BAL- (Starters) 4.82 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 1.30 HR/9, 7.6 K/9, .267/.336/.446

TOR – (Relievers) 4.01 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1.19 HR/9, 9.2 K/9, .251/.313/.412

BAL – (Relievers) 3.42 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 0.96 HR/9, 8.3 K/9, .244/.317/.386
Offenses:

Toronto – R/G 4.73 – .249/.329/.430 – 501 XBH – 8.4 K/G

Baltimore – R/G 4.61 – .256/.317/.445 – 508 XBH – 8.1 K/G
History: The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles have played each other a total of 597 times with the advantage in the all-time series going to the Blue Jays at 319-278, while Toronto has a 176-119 record at home. Toronto is 9-7 against the Orioles this season, including a 5-2 record at the Rogers Centre.

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

A. Sanchez RHP (2016: 13-2, 3.12 ERA) vs. K. Gausman RHP (2016: 8-11, 3.57 ERA)

The powerful right-hander Aaron Sanchez will open the series with the Orioles on Tuesday night. Sanchez has put together a magnificent season (13-2, 3.12 ERA, 1.184 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) record, all while being bounced around of late due to innings limits.

He has a career record of (4-2, 4.20 ERA, 1.600 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) when facing the Orioles, including a (3-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.458 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) record in 2016 over 4 starts.

Sanchez has pitched to a (5-1, 3.93 ERA, 1.282 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) at home this season.

Baltimore will counter with their own hard throwing righty in Kevin Gausman. Gausman has pitched to a (8-11, 3.57 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) this season, despite getting off to a slow start.

He has a (2-2, 4.15 ERA, 1.410 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) when facing Toronto, including a (0-1, 7.71 ERA, 2.036 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) over 2 starts this season.

Gausman has a (2-9, 4.36 ERA, 1.421 WHIP, 10.3 K/9) road record this season. He also has a (0-2, 5.48 ERA, 1.609 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) career record at the Rogers Centre.

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2016: 8-13, 4.88 ERA) vs. C. Tillman RHP (2016: 16-6, 3.84 ERA)

Wednesday’s game will feature Francisco Liriano taking the ball for the Blue Jays. Liriano has pitched to a (8-13, 4.88 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) record this season, including a much improved (2-2, 3.35 ERA, 1.186 WHIP, 8.8 K/9) this season with Toronto.

He has a (2-4, 5.01 ERA, 1.621 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) record when facing Baltimore; however, the lefty has not faced them since 2014.

Liriano has a (2-1, 3.91 ERA, 1.087 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) record at home in the Rogers Centre this season.

Baltimore will counter with their staff ace in Chris Tillman. Tillman has amassed a (16-6, 3.84 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) this season.

Over his career he has had a tough time with Toronto, pitching to a (5-10, 5.61 ERA, 1.359 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) record, including a (1-0, 4.32 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) over 3 starts this season.

Tillman has pitched to a (8-3, 3.06 ERA, 1.093 WHIP, 6.3 K/9) on the road this season. He also has a (2-6, 7.51 ERA, 1.636 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) record at the Rogers Centre over his career, including a 5.0 IP, 5H, 2ER performance in 2016.

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2016: 9-9, 4.34 ERA) vs. U. Jimenez RHP (2016: 7-12, 5.71 ERA)

The reserugent Marcus Stroman will take to the mound for the final game of the series. Stroman has pitched his way back to respectability while amassing a (9-9, 4.34 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) record.

Over his career he is (2-2, 5.29 ERA, 1.324 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) when facing Baltimore, including a (1-1, 7.88 ERA, 1.625 WHIP, 5.1 K/9) record this season over 3 starts.

Stroman is (4-2, 4.55 ERA, 1.237 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) at home this season.

The Orioles will hand the ball to the enigman known as Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez has pitched to a (7-12, 5.71 ERA, 1.607 WHIP, 8.0 K/9) this season.

Over his career he has amassed a (6-5, 4.84 ERA, 1.434 WHIP, 8.2 K/9) when facing Toronto, including a (0-1, 9.42 ERA, 1.953 WHIP, 8.8 K/9) record in 2016 over 4 appearances, with 3 starts.

Jimenez currently has a (3-7, 5.55 ERA, 1.467 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) on the road this season. He also has a career record of (1-3, 8.41 ERA, 2.016 WHIP, 9.7 K/9) at the Rogers Centre, which includes a 0.1 IP, 5ER shelling at the hands of the Blue Jays earlier this season.

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN
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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.