Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees (July 3-5)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays look to the Bronx to help get their season going in the right direction in their penultimate series before the All-Star break.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (37-44) are looking to bounce back after being swept by division leading Boston. They will travel to New York (43-37) for three games to take on the Yankees. Toronto has a 17-22 road record this season, while the Bronx bombers (24-13) have enjoyed their cozy confines at the stadium this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.70 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 1.31 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .268/.332/.448

NYY – (Starters) 4.13 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 1.40 HR/9, 8.9 K/9, .249/.304/.422

TOR – (Relievers) 3.99 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 1.06 HR/9, 10.0 K/9, .234/.309/.388

NYY – (Relievers) 3.64 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 0.89 HR/9, 10.3 K/9, .215/.302/.342

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.13 – .243/.313/.409 – 236 XBH – 7.8 K/G

New York – R/G 5.65 – .269/.347/.457 – 266 XBH – 8.9 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:05 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 8-4, 3.41 ERA) vs. M. Tanaka RHP (2017: 6-7, 5.56 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (8-4, 3.41 ERA, 1.256 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 132, FIP 3.96, SO/W 3.50

Opponents batting average against .267/.315/.403 – BABIP .312, 2017 bWAR 3.3

Last appearance – (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – June 28th vs Baltimore

Career vs New York (5-2, 2.91 ERA, 1.074 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) – 10 GS

Last appearance vs Yankees – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – June 4th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (5-1, 4.20 ERA, 1.377 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Masahiro Tanaka (6’3, 215 lbs – Itami, JA)

2017 season record: (6-7, 5.56 ERA, 1.401 WHIP, 8.9 K/9), ERA+ 82, FIP 5.13, SO/W 3.60

Opponents batting average against .279/.332/.521 – BABIP .318, 2017 bWAR -0.1

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – June 30th vs Chicago White Sox

Career vs Toronto – (7-3, 2.65 ERA, 1.074 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) – 11 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) – May 1st in New York

2016 Home Record: (3-3, 4.75 ERA, 1.128 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 1:05 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 2-5, 3.71 ERA) vs. C. Sabathia LHP (2017: 7-2, 3.46 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (2-5, 3.71 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, 9.0 K/9), ERA+ 122, FIP 3.71, SO/W 5.67

Opponents batting average against .249/.279/.429 – BABIP .293, 2017 bWAR 1.4

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – June 29th vs Baltimore

Career vs New York (6-2, 3.78 ERA, 1.226 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) – 14 GS

Last appearance vs Yankees – (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) – September 26, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (1-2, 3.24 ERA, 0.920 WHIP, 9.4 K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

CC Sabathia (6’6, 300 lbs – Vallejo, CA)

2017 season record: (7-2, 3.46 ERA, 1.248 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 132, FIP 4.13, SO/W 2.58

Opponents batting average against .244/.309/.380 – BABIP .282, 2017 bWAR 1.6

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) – June 13th vs Anaheim

Career vs Toronto – (16-9, 3.47 ERA, 1.114 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) – 28 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) – June 1st in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (3-0, 4.60 ERA, 1.277 WHIP, 8.9 K/9) – 5 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:05 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-6, 4.86 ERA) vs. M. Pineda RHP (2017: 8-4, 4.05 ERA)

Marco Estrada (6’0, 200 lbs – Sonora, MX)

2017 season record: (4-6, 4.86 ERA, 1.412 WHIP, 9.8 K/9), ERA+ 93, FIP 4.11, SO/W 3.00

Opponents batting average against .266/.328/.471 – BABIP .328, 2017 bWAR 1.3

Last appearance – (4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 3 K) – June 30th vs Boston

Career vs New York (4-3, 4.21 ERA, 1.244 WHIP, 5.9 K/9) – 12 G, 11 GS

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

2017 Road Record: (2-4, 4.83 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 10.0 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Michael Pineda (6’7, 260 lbs – Yauguate, DR)

2017 season record: (8-4, 4.05 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, 8.8 K/9), ERA+ 113, FIP 4.27, SO/W 4.55

Opponents batting average against .257/.296/.434 – BABIP .294, 2017 bWAR 1.2

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) – June 30th vs Houston

Career vs Toronto – (2-4, 3.52 ERA, 1.256 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 12 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) – June 2nd in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (6-2, 2.91 ERA, 1.006 WHIP, 10.0 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.