Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers (June 19-22)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays begin a seven game road trip with a four game series against the rival, Texas Rangers.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (33-35) head out on the road for seven games starting on Monday in Arlington. They will see the Rangers (34-34) for four games this week. Toronto has not been great on the road at (14-18), but will be looking to improve that record. Texas (20-15) holds their own at Globe Life Park.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.48 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 1.27 HR/9, 8.3 K/9, .266/.329/.441

TEX – (Starters) 4.10 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 1.46 HR/9, 6.4 K/9, .255/.325/.431

TOR – (Relievers) 3.85 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 1.15 HR/9, 10.2 K/9, .228/.302/.384

TEX – (Relievers) 4.73 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 1.42 HR/9, 8.0 K/9, .266/.338/.438

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.28 – .245/.313/.417 – 200 XBH – 7.8 K/G

Texas- R/G 4.87 – .242/.315/.417 – 204 XBH – 9.1 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 8:05 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-5, 4.54 ERA) vs. A. Bibens-Dirkx RHP (2017: 2-0, 3.28 ERA)

Marco Estrada (6’0, 180 – Sonora, MX)

2017 season record: (4-5, 4.54 ERA, 1.316 WHIP, 10.2 K/9), ERA+ 99, FIP 3.73, SO/W 4.60

Opponents batting average against .269/.313/.474 – BABIP .338, 2017 bWAR 1.4

Last appearance – (3.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – June 13th vs Tampa

Career vs Texas (2-1, 2.40 ERA, 0.933 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 5 GS

Last appearance vs Rangers – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – May 27th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-3, 4.15 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 10.4 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (6’1, 210 lbs – Salem, OR)

2017 season record: (2-0, 3.28 ERA, 1.014 WHIP, 4.7 K/9), ERA+ 140, FIP 5.16, SO/W 1.86

Opponents batting average against .200/.263/.367 – BABIP .189, 2017 bWAR 0.5

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) – June 11th at Washington

Career vs Toronto – (0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 11.3 K/9) –  1 G, 4 IP

Last appearance vs Toronto – (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – May 26th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (1-0, 4.91 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 3.7 K/9) – 3 G, 1 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 8:05 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 3-2, 5.36 ERA) vs. N. Martinez RHP (2017: 1-3, 4.67 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (3-2, 5.36 ERA, 1.632 WHIP, 9.7 K/9), ERA+ 84, FIP 4.39, SO/W 1.75

Opponents batting average against .258/.362/.438 – BABIP .325, 2017 bWAR 0.2

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) – June 14th vs Tampa

Career vs Texas (5-2, 3.42 ERA, 1.253 WHIP, 8.9 K/9) – 10 G, 8 GS

Last appearance vs Rangers – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) – May 29th, 2016 in Texas

2017 Road Record: (0-1, 8.16 ERA, 2.302 WHIP, 8.2 K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

Nick Martinez (6’1, 200 lbs – Miami, FL)

2017 season record: (1-3, 4.67 ERA, 1.241 WHIP, 4.8 K/9), ERA+ 98, FIP 5.86, SO/W 2.64

Opponents batting average against .267/.305/.500 – BABIP .254, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) – June 13th in Houston

Career vs Toronto – (0-1, 7.36 ERA, 1.818 WHIP, 4.1 K/9) –  2 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – June 26th, 2015 in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (0-0, 4.05 ERA, 1.013 WHIP, 5.4 K/9) – 5 G, 4 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 8:05 EST

J. Biagini RHP (2017: 1-6, 4.26 ERA) vs. T. Ross RHP (2017: 1-0, 3.18 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (1-6, 4.26 ERA, 1.158 WHIP, 8.2 K/9), ERA+ 106, FIP 2.93, SO/W 3.69

Opponents batting average against .241/.288/.345 – BABIP .294, 2017 bWAR 0.5

Last appearance – (1.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) – June 16th vs White Sox

Career vs Texas (1-1, 1.93 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) – 3 G, 1 GS

Last appearance vs Rangers – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) – May 28th, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-3, 5.52 ERA, 1.261 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) – 11 G, 4 GS

 

 

Tyson Ross (6’6, 245 lbs – Berkeley, CA)

2017 season record: (1-0, 3.18 ERA, 0.882 WHIP, 7.9 K/9), ERA+ 151, FIP 2.96, SO/W 1.67

Opponents batting average against .105/.227/.333 – BABIP .143, 2017 bWAR 0.2

Last appearance – (5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) – June 16th vs Seattle

Career vs Toronto – (0-1, 4.32 ERA, 1.440 WHIP, 3.2 K/9) – 4 G, 1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) – June 2nd, 2013 in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (1-0, 3.18 ERA, 0.882 WHIP, 7.9 K/9) – 1 GS

 

 

Game 4

First Pitch – 2:05 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 7-3, 3.15 ERA) vs. M. Perez LHP (2017: 3-6, 4.72 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (7-3, 3.15 ERA, 1.252 WHIP, 7.2 K/9), ERA+ 143, FIP 3.81, SO/W 3.38

Opponents batting average against .268/.317/.393 – BABIP .314, 2017 bWAR 3.2

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – June 17th vs White Sox

Career vs Texas (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.571 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Rangers – (7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) – July 18th, 2014 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (5-0, 2.95 ERA, 1.282 WHIP, 7.1 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

Martin Perez (6’0, 200 lbs – Guanare, VZ)

2017 season record: (3-6, 4.72 ERA, 1.638 WHIP, 6.8 K/9), ERA+ 96, FIP 4.33, SO/W 1.93

Opponents batting average against .310/.370/.461 – BABIP .357, 2017 bWAR 0.7

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – June 17th vs Seattle

Career vs Toronto – (0-1, 0.79 ERA, 1.324 WHIP, 5.6 K/9) –  2 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – May 13th, 2016 in Texas

2017 Home Record: (3-4, 5.01 ERA, 1.649 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 9 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.