Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Houston Astros (July 6-9)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays welcome the American League leading Houston Astros to the Rogers Centre for the final series before the All-Star break.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (39-45) are looking to build some momentum after taking their most recent series in New York. They will play to Houston (58-27) for four games to close out the first half of the season. Toronto has a (20-22) home record this season, while the Astros (31-9) have enjoyed success in pretty much every park they’ve encountered this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.71 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 1.32 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .267/.333/.447

HOU – (Starters) 3.83 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 1.21 HR/9, 9.5 K/9, .241/.311/.405

TOR – (Relievers) 3.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 1.03 HR/9, 10.1 K/9, .230/.307/.382

HOU – (Relievers) 4.04 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 1.06 HR/9, 11.3 K/9, .218/.290/.378

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.15 – .244/.314/.409 – 244 XBH – 7.8 K/G

Houston – R/G 5.76 – .287/.352/.493 – 329 XBH – 6.7 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 4-4, 5.66 ERA) vs. L. McCullers RHP (2017: 7-1, 2.69 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (4-4, 5.66 ERA, 1.613 WHIP, 8.4 K/9), ERA+ 80, FIP4.70, SO/W 1.71

Opponents batting average against .273/.363/.471 – BABIP .324, 2017 bWAR 0.2

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) – July 1st vs Boston

Career vs Houston (1-1, 4.61 ERA, 1.171 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Astros – (5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – August 12th, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (3-2, 4.62 ERA, 1.378 WHIP, 9.7 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Lance McCullers (6’1, 205 lbs – Tampa, FL)

2017 season record: (7-1, 2.69 ERA, 1.069 WHIP, 10.7 K/9), ERA+ 149, FIP 2.72, SO/W 4.12

Opponents batting average against .212/.278/.324 – BABIP .291, 2017 bWAR 2.4

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – June 30th vs Yankees

Career vs Toronto – (0-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.714 WHIP, 11.6 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) – August 2, 2016 in Houston

2016 Road Record: (3-1, 3.02 ERA, 1.075 WHIP, 9.9 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

A. Sanchez RHP (2017: 0-1, 3.33 ERA) vs. C. Morton RHP (2017: 5-3, 4.06 ERA)

Aaron Sanchez (6’4, 215 – Barstow, CA)

2017 season record: (0-1, 3.33 ERA, 1.274 WHIP, 6.7 K/9), ERA+ 137, FIP 5.04, SO/W 2.00

Opponents batting average against .237/.311/.409 – BABIP .254, 2017 bWAR 0.7

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – May 19th in Baltimore

Career vs Houston (3-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.778 WHIP, 5.5 K/9) – 4 G, 2 GS

Last appearance vs Astros – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – August 13th, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-1, 3.97 ERA, 1.412 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Charlie Morton (6’5, 235 lbs – Flemington, NY)

2017 season record: (5-3, 4.06 ERA, 1.370 WHIP, 10.1 K/9), ERA+ 99, FIP 3.99, SO/W 2.83

Opponents batting average against .253/.339/.425 – BABIP .327, 2017 bWAR 0.6

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – May 14th vs Detroit

** Has Never Faced the Toronto Blue Jays **

 

2016 Road Record: (1-2, 6.89 ERA, 1.723 WHIP, 12.6 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 8-5, 3.42 ERA) vs. M. Fiers RHP (2017: 5-3, 3.80 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (8-5, 3.42 ERA, 1.263 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 132, FIP 3.96, SO/W 3.35

Opponents batting average against .287/.319/.400 – BABIP .313, 2017 bWAR 3.5

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) – July 3rd vs New York

Career vs Houston (1-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.041 WHIP, 12.1 K/9) – 3 GS

Last appearance vs Astros – (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) – August 14, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (3-3, 2.87 ERA, 1.173 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Mike Fiers (6’2, 200 lbs – Hollywood, FL)

2017 season record: (5-3, 3.80 ERA, 1.312 WHIP, 8.3 K/9), ERA+ 105, FIP 5.28, SO/W 2.45

Opponents batting average against .244/.321/.452 – BABIP .270, 2017 bWAR 1.0

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) – July 2nd vs New York

Career vs Toronto – (1-2, 3.38 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) – 4 G, 3 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – August 14, 2016 in Toronto

2016 Road Record: (4-0, 4.83 ERA, 1.439 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Game 4

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 3-5, 3.47 ERA) vs. B. Peacock RHP (2017: 6-1, 2.91 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (3-5, 3.47 ERA, 1.158 WHIP, 9.0 K/9), ERA+ 130, FIP 3.79, SO/W 5.18

Opponents batting average against .242/.276/.419 – BABIP .284, 2017 bWAR 1.8

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – July 4th in New York

Career vs Houston (4-1, 3.21 ERA, 1.310 WHIP, 8.1 K/9) – 7 GS

Last appearance vs Astros – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) – August 4, 2016 in Houston

2017 Road Record: (1-3, 4.15 ERA, 1.423 WHIP, 8.7 K/9) – 5 GS

 

 

Brad Peacock (6’1, 210 lbs – Palm Beach, FL)

2017 season record: (6-1, 2.91 ERA, 1.257 WHIP, 12.9 K/9), ERA+ 138, FIP 2.35, SO/W 2.50

Opponents batting average against .189/.306/.259 – BABIP .308, 2017 bWAR 1.4

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – July 4th in Atlanta

Career vs Toronto – (1-0, 6.35 ERA, 1.412 WHIP, 7.9 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – August 24, 2013 in Houston

2016 Road Record: (4-0, 3.18 ERA, 1.094 WHIP, 12.4 K/9) – 8 G, 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.