Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Oakland Athletics (June 5-7)

The Toronto Blue Jays open up a six-game West Coast swing with three games in Oakland against the Athletics.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (28-29) kick off a six-game west coast road trip with three games against the Oakland Athletics (24-32) starting on Monday night. Toronto currently sits with a (11-15) road record, while Oakland has a (16-12) record at home in O.Co.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.31 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 1.29 HR/9, 8.2 K/9, .260/.330/.432

OAK – (Starters) 4.49 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 1.05 HR/9, 7.7 K/9, .245/.316/.395

TOR – (Relievers) 3.99 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 1.21 HR/9, 10.1 K/9, .233/.311/.396

OAK – (Relievers) 4.68 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 1.13 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .252/.327/.404

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.36 – .245/.312/.416 – 170 XBH – 7.7 K/G

Oakland – R/G 3.98 – .235/.304/.426 – 180 XBH – 9.1 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 10:05 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 0-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. S. Manaea LHP (2017: 4-3, 3.91 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (0-3, 4.50 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 10.4 K/9), ERA+ 96, FIP 5.09, SO/W 7.67

Opponents batting average against .250/.276/.524 – BABIP .273

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – May 30th vs Cincinnati

Career vs Oakland- (4-0, 3.17 ERA, 1.159 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 9 G, 7 GS

Last appearance vs Athletics – (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – July 17th, 2016 in Oakland

2017 Road Record: (0-1, 3.86 ERA, 0.714 WHIP, 11.6 K/9) – 1 GS

 

 

Sean Manaea (6’5, 245 lbs – Valparaiso, IN)

2017 season record: (4-3, 3.91 ERA, 1.034 WHIP, 10.1 K/9), ERA+ 102, FIP 3.31, SO/W 2.84

Opponents batting average against .179/.276/.301 – BABIP .235

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) – May 31st vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (0-0, 3.60 ERA, 0.600 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) –  1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) – July 17th, 2016 in Oakland

2017 Home Record: (2-0, 3.27 ERA, 1.136 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 10:05 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-3, 3.86 ERA) vs. J. Hahn RHP (2017: 3-6, 5.11 ERA)

Marco Estrada (6’0, 180 – Sonora, MX)

2017 season record: (4-3, 3.86 ERA, 1.203 WHIP, 10.2 K/9), ERA+ 110, FIP 3.58, SO/W 4.32

Opponents batting average against .242/.292/.438 – BABIP .303

Last appearance – (3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – June 1st vs New York Yankees

Career vs Oakland- (0-1, 11.25 ERA, 2.500 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 1 G, 1 GS

Last appearance vs Athletics – (4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – June 3rd, 2013 in Milwaukee

2017 Road Record: (2-2, 3.82 ERA, 1.168 WHIP, 10.0 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 3:35 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 3-2, 5.94 ERA) vs. J. Cotton RHP (2017: 3-6, 5.11 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (3-2, 5.94 ERA, 1.800 WHIP, 9.5 K/9), ERA+ 73, FIP 4.93, SO/W 1.40

Opponents batting average against .274/.406/.425 – BABIP .350

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – June 2nd vs New York

Career vs Oakland- (5-4, 4.23 ERA, 1.252 WHIP, 10.3 K/9) – 16 G, 14 GS

Last appearance vs Athletics – (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) – July 3rd, 2016 in Oakland

2017 Road Record: (0-1, 9.64 ERA, 2.786 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Jharel Cotton (5’11, 195 lbs – St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands)

2017 season record: (3-6, 5.11 ERA, 1.439 WHIP, 8.0 K/9), ERA+ 78, FIP 4.62, SO/W 1.91

Opponents batting average against .257/.343/.435 – BABIP .299

Last appearance – (5.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) – June 1st vs Cleveland

*Has Never Faced the Toronto Blue Jays*

2017 Home Record: (1-3, 8.27 ERA, 1.742 WHIP, 7.0 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.