Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays (June 13-14)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays kick off a short five-game homestand with a two-game midweek mini-series against their division rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (31-32) open their mini five-game homestand with against the (34-32) Tamps Bay Rays tonight. Toronto currently sits with a (17-14) home record, while Tampa has a (13-17) road record away from Tropicana Field.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.28 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 1.23 HR/9, 8.3 K/9, .259/.325/.429

TBR – (Starters) 3.96 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1.21 HR/9, 8.3 K/9, .252/.317/.421

TOR – (Relievers) 3.79 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 1.12 HR/9, 10.2 K/9, .229/.305/.384

TBR – (Relievers) 4.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 0.89 HR/9, 7.7 K/9, .246/.320/.381

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.29 – .243/.312/.415 – 186 XBH – 7.8 K/G

Tampa – R/G 4.70 – .250/.326/.438 – 215 XBH – 10.1 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-4, 4.04 ERA) vs. J. Faria RHP (2017: 1-0, 1.42 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (4-4, 4.04 ERA, 1.218 WHIP, 10.4 K/9), ERA+ 109, FIP 3.43, SO/W 4.50

Opponents batting average against .248/.295/.442 – BABIP .315

Last appearance – (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – June 6th vs Oakland

Career vs Tampa – (1-6, 3.75 ERA, 1.058 WHIP, 9.7 K/9) – 12 G, 8 GS

Last appearance vs Rays – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – May 6th in Tampa

2017 Home Record: (2-1, 3.89 ERA, 1.240 WHIP, 10.4 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

Jacob Faria (6’4, 235 lbs – La Palma, CA)

2017 season record: (1-0, 1.42 ERA, 0.789 WHIP, 7.1 K/9), ERA+ 301, FIP 2.47, SO/W 2.50

Opponents batting average against .143/.217/.190 – BABIP .188

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – June 7th vs Chicago White Sox

**Has never faced the Toronto Blue Jays**

2017 AAA Record: (6-1, 3.07 ERA, 1.125 WHIP, 12.9 K/9) – 11 GS

 

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Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 3-2, 5.87 ERA) vs. J. Odorizzi RHP (2017: 4-3, 3.59 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (3-2, 5.87 ERA, 1.748 WHIP, 9.4 K/9), ERA+ 75, FIP 4.90, SO/W 1.54

Opponents batting average against .270/.381/.461 – BABIP .333

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – June 7th vs Oakland

Career vs Tampa – (3-3, 5.61 ERA, 1.541 WHIP, 8.9 K/9) – 12 G, 12 GS

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

2017 Home Record: (3-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.417 WHIP, 10.1 K/9) – 5 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (4-3, 3.59 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 8.0 K/9), ERA+ 113, FIP 5.02, SO/W 2.83

Opponents batting average against .233/.291/.456 – BABIP .245

Last appearance – (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – June 8th vs Chicago White Sox

Career vs Toronto – (5-2, 3.06 ERA, 1.021 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) –  13 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) – May 6th in Tampa

2017 Road Record: (1-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) – 5 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.