Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians (May 8-10)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays kick off a nine-game home stand by welcoming the American League Central’s, Cleveland Indians.

 

The Toronto Blue Jays (11-20) are coming off a 2-1 series win over the Tampa bay Rays. Cleveland (17-13) is coming off a 2-1 series win over the Kansas City Royals. Toronto has a 4-8 home record coming into Monday, while the Indians currently own a 11-7 road record.

 

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.28 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 1.39 HR/9, 8.2 K/9, .265/.331/.452

CLE – (Starters) 4.83 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 1.28 HR/9, 9.5 K/9, .257/.316/.434

TOR – (Relievers) 4.29 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 1.11 HR/9, 9.5 K/9, .234/.320/.383

CLE – (Relievers) 1.83 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 0.20 HR/9, 10.96 K/9, .202/.283/.275

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 3.80 – .230/.294/.370 – 81 XBH – 8.7 K/G

Cleveland – R/G 4.27 – .243/.323/.401 – 88 XBH – 7.9 K/G

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 2-2, 3.89 ERA) vs. T. Bauer RHP (2017: 2-3, 7.67 ERA)

Marcus Stroman (5’8, 180 lbs – Medford, NY)

2017 season record: (2-2, 3.89 ERA, 1.347 WHIP, 6.9 K/9), ERA+ 105, FIP 3.67, SO/W 3.00

Opponents batting average against .287/.335/.413 – BABIP .336

Last appearance – (3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) – May 3rd vs NYY

Career vs Cleveland – (0-0, 3.52 ERA, 1.304 WHIP, 8.8 K/9) – 3 G, 2 GS

Last appearance vs Cleveland- (7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 9 K) – August 21st, 2016 at Cleveland

2017 Home Record: (0-2, 4.29 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Trevor Bauer (6’1, 190 lb – North Hollywood, CA)

2017 season record: (2-3, 7.67 ERA, 1.593 WHIP, 10.3 K/9), ERA+ 58, FIP 4.96, SO/W 2.58

Opponents batting average against .287/.355/.546 – BABIP .347

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) – May 1st vs Detroit

Career vs Toronto – (1-1, 6.27 ERA, 1.554 WHIP, 9.2 K/9) – 4 G, 3 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 13 K) – August 19th, 2016 in Cleveland

2017 Road Record: (1-2, 7.31 ERA, 1.563 WHIP, 9.6 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Bolsinger RHP (2017: 0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. C. Carrasco RHP (2017: 3-2, 2.18 ERA)

Mike Bolsinger (6’1, 215 lbs – Chicago, IL)

2017 AAA record: (1-1, 1.46 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, 13.1 K/9), SO/W 6.00

Opponents batting average against .000/.000/.000 – BABIP .000

Last appearance – (2.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) – July 18th, 2016 vs Milwaukee

Career vs Cleveland – (Has Never the Indians over his Career)

Making first appearance at the MLB level this season.

 

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Carlos Carrasco (6’2, 190 lb – Barquistimeto, VE)

2017 season record: (3-2, 2.18 ERA, 0.823 WHIP, 8.5 K/9), ERA+ 204, FIP 3.37, SO/W 4.88

Opponents batting average against .184/.232/.340 – BABIP .214

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 5 K) – May 3rd vs Detroit

Career vs Toronto – (2-1, 6.26 ERA, 1.522 WHIP, 11.7 K/9) – 5 G, 4 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 14 K) – June 30th, 2016 at Toronto

2017 Road Record: (3-0, 1.83 ERA, 0.763 WHIP, 9.2 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 2-2, 4.44 ERA) vs. D. Salazar RHP (2017: 2-1, 4.34 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (2-2, 4.44 ERA, 1.747 WHIP, 10.3 K/9), ERA+ 92, FIP 4.74, SO/W 1.50

Opponents batting average against .255/.387/.412 – BABIP .333

Last appearance – (3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) – May 5th vs Tampa

Career vs Cleveland – (5-6, 3.54 ERA, 1.571 WHIP, 10.4 K/9) – 19 G, 14 GS

Last appearance vs Cleveland- (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – August 19th, 2016 at Cleveland

2017 Home Record: (2-1, 1.59 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, 11.6 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Danny Salazar (6’0, 195 lb – Santo Domingo, DR)

2017 season record: (2-3, 4.28 ERA, 1.485 WHIP, 13.1 K/9), ERA+ 104, FIP 3.27, SO/W 3.06

Opponents batting average against .264/.351/.403 – BABIP .390

Last appearance – (4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – May 5th vs Kansas City

Career vs Toronto – (2-1, 2.65 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) – 3 G, 3 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 10 K) – August 31st, 2015 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (1-2, 4.64 ERA, 1.781 WHIP, 13.5 K/9) – 4 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.