Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays (5-7)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays leave the Bronx for the not-so-friendly confines of Tropicana Field to take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (9-19) are coming off a 2-1 series loss at the hands of the New York Yankees. Tampa (15-15) is coming off a 3-1 series win over the Miami Marlins. Toronto has a 5-11 road record coming into Monday, while the Rays currently own a 10-5 home record.

 

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 1.28 HR/9, 8.0 K/9, .267/.331/.447

TBR – (Starters) 3.49 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.29 HR/9, 7.4 K/9, .240/.311/.408

TOR – (Relievers) 4.81 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 1.25 HR/9, 9.2 K/9, .252/.336/.417

TBR – (Relievers) 4.08 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 0.55 HR/9, 5.9 K/9, .253/.320/.361

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 3.82 – .235/.301/.369 – 71 XBH – 8.7 K/G

Tampa Bay – R/G 4.28 – .242/.329/.399 – 81 XBH – 10.1 K/G

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 2-2, 3.97 ERA) vs. C. Archer RHP (2017: 2-1, 3.43 ERA)

Francisco Liriano (6’2, 225 lbs – San Cristobal, DR)

2017 season record: (2-2, 3.97 ERA, 1.588 WHIP, 9.9 K/9), ERA+ 105, FIP 3.53, SO/W 1.67

Opponents batting average against .244/.363/.349 – BABIP .333

Last appearance – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6  K – April 25th vs Tampa

Career vs Tampa – (3-3, 5.49 ERA, 1.465 WHIP, 8.6 K/9) – 12 G, 11 GS

Last appearance vs Tampa – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6  K) – April 25th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-1, 11.12 ERA, 2.824 WHIP, 4.8  K/9) – 2 GS

 

 

Chris Archer (6’3, 190 lb – Raleigh, NC)

2017 season record: (2-1, 3.43 ERA, 1.271 WHIP, 8.5 K/9), ERA+ 113, FIP 3.38, SO/W 2.47

Opponents batting average against .235/.309/.362 – BABIP .294

Last appearance – 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – April 30th vs Toronto

Career vs Toronto – (6-4, 3.06 ERA, 1.121 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 12 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – April 30th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (1-0, 3.66 ERA, 1.271 WHIP, 10.1  K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 4:10 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 1-1, 2.43 ERA) vs. J. Odorizzi RHP (2017: 1-1, 3.50 ERA)

Marco Estrada (6’0, 180 lbs – Sonora, MX)

2017 season record: (1-1, 2.43 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, 9.2 K/9), ERA+ 170, FIP 2.94, SO/W 3.80

Opponents batting average against .230/.287/.381, BABIP .296

Last appearance – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K on May 1st vs NYY

Career vs Tampa – (1-5, 3.31 ERA, 1.026 WHIP, 9.6 K/9) – 11 G, 7 GS

Last appearance vs Tampa – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – April 9th in Tampa

2017 Road Record: (1-1, 3.75 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 8.6  K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

Jake Odorizzi (6’2, 190 lb – Breese, IL)

2017 season record: (1-1, 3.50 ERA, 0.889 WHIP, 7.0 K/9), ERA+ 113, FIP 5.21, SO/W 3.50

Opponents batting average against .188/.243/.453 – BABIP .170

Last appearance – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K – May 1st vs Miami

Career vs Toronto – (4-2, 3.24 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, 6.7 K/9) – 12 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 4 K) – April 9th in Tampa

2017 Home Record: (1-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 6.0  K/9) – 2 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:10 EST

J. Biagini RHP (2017: 0-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. A. Cobb RHP (2017: 2-1, 4.34 ERA)

Joe Biagini (6’5, 240 lb – Redwood City, CA)

2017 season record: (0-1, 3.38 ERA, 0.964 WHIP, 8.2 K/9), ERA+ 125, FIP 2.72, SO/W 5.67

Opponents batting average against .227/.282/.303, BABIP .292

Last appearance – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 K on May 3rd vs NYY

Career vs Tampa – (0-0, 2.63 ERA, 0.878 WHIP, 5.3 K/9) – 9 G, 13.2 IP

Last appearance vs Tampa – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K – April 29th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-1, 6.30 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 9.0  K/9) – 7 G, 10.0 IP

 

**Note: All numbers are for relief appearances only. This will mark Biagini’s first Major League start of his career**

 

 

Alex Cobb (6’3, 205 lb – Boston, MA)

2017 season record: (2-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.429 WHIP, 5.9 K/9), ERA+ 101, FIP 4.36, SO/W 2.88

Opponents batting average against .298/.340/.468 – BABIP .327

Last appearance – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – May 2nd vs Miami

Career vs Toronto – (3-2, 3.38 ERA, 1.114 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) – 6 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) – September 14th, 2016 in Tampa

2017 Home Record: (1-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, 8.5  K/9) – 2 GS

 

 

 

*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.