The Toronto Blue Jays are back home for the first time this season. Their Home Opener will see them welcome the Milwaukee Brewers
The Toronto Blue Jays (1-5) are coming home to the Rogers Centre for the first time this season. After two disappointing series’ to open 2017, the Blue Jays will look to rebound against Milwaukee. The Brewers (2-5) have not fared much better to start their own season; however their expectations are much lower with them being in the midst of an organizational rebuild. Their visit will also signal the return of a face familiar to Toronto fans in the form of, Eric Thames, who has returned after a successful three year stint in Korea.
History: The Blue Jays and Brewers have played each other a total of 280 times, with the advantage in the all-time series going to the Brewers at 161-119, including a 77-65 record when playing in Toronto. Since 1998, when the Brewers moved to the National League, the two teams have seen each other a total of 13 times. Milwaukee is 8-5 against the Blue Jays during that time; however, Toronto did win the last season series (2014) 3-1.
Pitching: 2017 Totals
TOR – (Starters) 4.83 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 1.70 HR/9, 8.5 K/9, .250/.323/.467
MIL – (Starters) 5.13 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 1.08 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .279/.350/.457
TOR – (Relievers) 4.37 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 0.40 HR/9, 8.7 K/9, .259/.354/.365
MIL – (Relievers) 3.41 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 0.56 HR/9, 7.4 K/9, .263/.391/.395
Offenses: 2017 Totals
Toronto – R/G 3.33 – .201/.279/.297 – 13 XBH – 8.3 K/G
Milwaukee – R/G 4.14 – .215/.292/.412 – 24 XBH – 11.6 K/G
First Pitch – 7:07 EST
J. Happ LHP (2017: 0-1, 3.86 ERA) vs. W. Peralta RHP (2017: 1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Toronto will send lefty, J.A. Happ to the mound for the home opener. Happ is coming off an excellent 7 IP, 3 ER performance against the Orioles in his last start, but was touched for 2 homeruns.
Over his career the veteran starter has a (3-4, 6.13 ERA, 1.656 WHIP, 8.4 K/9) record against the Brewers. But has not faced the club since the 2014 season. Happ was excellent during inter-league play last season with a (4-0, 2.45 ERA, 1.325 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) record.
The Illinois native put together a stellar (11-2, 2.90 ERA, 1.167 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) record at home in the Rogers Centre for 2016.
The visiting Brewers will send out Wily Peralta to face-off against, Happ. Peralta is coming off a win in which he went 5 IP, 3 H, and 0 R against a tough Colorado Rockies club.
The right-hander has only faced the Blue Jays once, and that was back in 2014. During that start he was tagged for 4 ER over 6 IP at the Rogers Centre.
Peralta did not fare to well on the road last season with a (2-6, 4.39 ERA, 1.590 WHIP, 5.9 K/9) record. And he was even worse when facing junior circuit teams during inter-league play with a (0-2, 7.04 ERA, 1.957 WHIP, 4.1 K/9) record for 2016.
First Pitch – 7:07 EST
M. Stroman RHP (2017: 1-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. C. Anderson RHP (2017: 0-0, 1.50 ERA)
Toronto’s starter for their second home game own the team’s only win thus far in 2017. Marcus Stroman was excellent in his first start of the season in beating the Rays with a 6 IP, 1 ER performance.
Stroman has never faced the Milwaukee Brewers over his career.
The fiery right-hander made five starts last season during inter-league play compiling a (2-0, 2.86 ERA, 1.240 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) record. He also had a (4-3, 4.59 ERA, 1.260 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) at the Rogers Centre in 2016.
The Brewers will counter with another RHP in Chase Anderson. Anderson, like Peralta, is coming off an excellent 6 IP, ER start against the Rockies during his first start.
Like is counter-part for the evening he has never faced his opponent.
The former Oklahoma Sooner was (2-6, 4.92 ERA, 1.386 WHIP, 6.6 K/9) on the road last season. But did perform very well during inter-league play with a (2-1, 3.42 ERA, 1.310 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) record.
*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.