Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Texas Rangers (May 26-28)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays play host to the Texas Rangers, who will be returning to the Rogers Centre for the first time since being swept out of the 2016 ALDS.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (21-26) head home to the friendly confines of the Rogers Centre to take on the Texas Rangers (24-23) for a three-game weekend series. Toronto currently sits with a (10-11) home record, while Texas has a (8-15) record away from Globe Life Stadium.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.37 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 1.24 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .264/.334/.432

TEX – (Starters) 3.65 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 1.30 HR/9, 6.4 K/9, .245/.317/.404

TOR – (Relievers) 3.95 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1.05 HR/9, 9.7 K/9, .232/.317/.379

TEX – (Relievers) 5.21 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 1.14 HR/9, 7.7 K/9, .281/.349/.436

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.21 – .239/.304/.399 – 137 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Texas – R/G 4.79 – .240/.315/.415 – 138 XBH – 8.3 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Bolsinger RHP (2017: 0-2, 6.32 ERA) vs. A.J. Griffin RHP (2017: 4-1, 5.02 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (0-2, 6.32 ERA, 1.787 WHIP, 6.9 K/9), ERA+ 68, FIP 5.84, SO/W 1.09

Opponents batting average against .279/.408/.426 – BABIP .313

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) – May 20th at Baltimore

**Has never faced the Texas Rangers**

2017 Home Record: (0-2, 6.10 ERA, 1.645 WHIP, 6.1 K/9) – 2 GS

 

 

A.J. Griffin (6’5, 230 – El Cajon, CA)

2017 season record: (4-1, 5.02 ERA, 1.195 WHIP, 7.9 K/9), ERA+ 87, FIP 5.95, SO/W 3.30

Opponents batting average against .241/.291/.510 – BABIP .233

Last appearance – (3.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – May 20th at Detroit

Career vs Toronto – (2-0, 2.39 ERA, 1.063 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) –  5 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) – May 2nd, 2016 at Toronto

2017 Road Record: (4-1, 3.99 ERA, 0.989 WHIP, 8.0 K/9) – 5 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 3-2, 3.30 ERA) vs. Y. Darvish RHP (2017: 5-2, 2.83 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (3-2, 3.30 ERA, 1.133 WHIP, 10.1 K/9), ERA+ 128, FIP 3.27, SO/W 4.35

Opponents batting average against .230/.281/.410 – BABIP .292

Last appearance – (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) – May 21st at Baltimore

Career vs Texas- (1-1, 2.63 ERA, 0.958 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) – 4 GS

Last appearance vs Texas – (6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – May 3rd, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (1-0, 2.52 ERA, 1.080 WHIP, 10.1 K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

Yu Darvish (6’5, 220 lbs – Habikino, JA)

2017 season record: (5-2, 2.83 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, 9.6 K/9), ERA+ 154, FIP 3.80, SO/W 2.52

Opponents batting average against .204/.286/.345 – BABIP .250

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) – May 21st at Detroit

Career vs Toronto – (3-2, 2.45 ERA, 1.049 WHIP, 11.5 K/9) –  7 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 K) – July 18th, 2014 at Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-1, 2.59 ERA, 1.274 WHIP, 9.6 K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

J. Biagini RHP (2017: 1-2, 3.75 ERA) vs. A. Cashner RHP (2017: 2-0, 2.43 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (1-2, 3.75 ERA, 1.028 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 113, FIP 2.92, SO/W 3.75

Opponents batting average against .218/.273/.293 – BABIP .267

Last appearance – (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – May 23rd at Milwaukee

Career vs Texas- (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.900 WHIP, 2.7 K/9) – 2 G, 3.1 IP

Last appearance vs Texas – (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) – May 14th, 2016 at Texas

2017 Home Record: (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.512 WHIP, 6.6 K/9) – 8 G, 1 GS

 

 

Andrew Cashner (6’6, 235 lbs – Conroe, TX)

2017 season record: (1-4, 3.18 ERA, 1.412 WHIP, 4.2 K/9), ERA+ 137, FIP 5.04, SO/W 0.84

Opponents batting average against .241/.347/.364 – BABIP .254

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – May 23rd at Boston

Career vs Toronto – (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.167 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) –  1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – July 26th, 2016 at Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-3, 4.43 ERA, 1.388 WHIP, 4.4 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.