Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Detroit Tigers (July 14-16)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays open up the second half of their season with a three-game weekend set against the Detroit Tigers.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (41-47) are looking to get their season going in the right direction after the mid-season break. They will travel to Detroit (39-48) for three games to take on the Tigers. Toronto has a (19-23) road record this season, while the struggling Tigers (23-20) have held their own at Comerica Park this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.74 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 1.38 HR/9, 8.0 K/9, .272/.338/.456

DET – (Starters) 4.78 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 1.16 HR/9, 7.4 K/9, .276/.340/.442

TOR – (Relievers) 4.21 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 1.20 HR/9, 9.9 K/9, .233/.310/.396

DET – (Relievers) 5.04 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 1.52 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .256/.339/.450

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.16 – .244/.316/.411 – 255 XBH – 7.8 K/G

Detroit – R/G 4.70 – .254/.327/.425 – 278 XBH – 8.3 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

A. Sanchez RHP (2017: 0-2, 4.85 ERA) vs. J. Verlander RHP (2017: 5-6, 4.73 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (0-2, 4.85 ERA, 1.615 WHIP, 6.2 K/9), ERA+ 95, FIP 6.38, SO/W 1.38

Opponents batting average against .276/.361/.495 – BABIP .284, 2017 bWAR 0.1

Last appearance – (1.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) – July 7th vs Houston

Career vs Detroit (0-0, 2.00 ERA, 0.778 WHIP, 9.5 K/9) – 5 G, 2 GS

Last appearance vs Tigers – (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – July 9, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-0, 2.77 ERA, 1.154 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) – 2 GS

 

 

Justin Verlander (6’5, 225 lbs – Manakin Sabot, VA)

2017 season record: (5-6, 4.73 ERA, 1.519 WHIP, 8.4 K/9), ERA+ 93, FIP 4.28, SO/W 1.92

Opponents batting average against .262/.345/.413 – BABIP .316, 2017 bWAR 1.0

Last appearance – (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) – July 8th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (3-4, 4.76 ERA, 1.208 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) – 11 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) – July 7, 2016 in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (3-1, 3.61 ERA, 1.415 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 6:10 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 5-4, 5.56 ERA) vs. M. Fulmer RHP (2017: 9-6, 3.19 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (5-4, 5.56 ERA, 1.618 WHIP, 8.2 K/9), ERA+ 82, FIP 4.68, SO/W 1.77

Opponents batting average against .281/.365/.479 – BABIP .332, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – July 6th vs Houston

Career vs Detroit (6-10, 5.26 ERA, 1.421 WHIP, 9.9 K/9) – 27 G, 20 GS

Last appearance vs Tigers – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) – July 2, 2015 in Detroit

2017 Road Record: (1-2, 7.20 ERA, 1.960 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

Michael Fulmer (6’3, 210 lbs – Oklahoma City, OK)

2017 season record: (9-6, 3.19 ERA, 1.115 WHIP, 6.5 K/9), ERA+ 138, FIP 3.26, SO/W 3.23

Opponents batting average against .238/.285/.335 – BABIP .277, 2017 bWAR 2.9

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) – July 9th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.833 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) – June 6, 2016 in Detroit

2016 Home Record: (5-2, 4.07 ERA, 1.140 WHIP, 5.9 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:10 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-6, 5.17 ERA) vs. A. Sanchez RHP (2017: 1-0, 5.89 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (4-6, 5.17 ERA, 1.436 WHIP, 9.8 K/9), ERA+ 89, FIP 4.35, SO/W 2.82

Opponents batting average against .266/.332/.480 – BABIP .326, 2017 bWAR 1.1

Last appearance – (4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) – July 5th vs Houston

Career vs Detroit (1-0, 3.60 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 5.4 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Tigers – (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – July 5, 2015 in Detroit

2017 Road Record: (2-4, 5.37 ERA, 1.381 WHIP, 10.0 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Anibal Sanchez (6’0, 205 lbs – Maracay, VZ)

2017 season record: (1-0, 5.89 ERA, 1.421 WHIP, 8.9 K/9), ERA+ 75, FIP 5.18, SO/W 3.38

Opponents batting average against .279/.335/.525 – BABIP .315, 2017 bWAR -0.6

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) – July 6th vs San Francisco

Career vs Toronto – (3-3, 4.74 ERA, 1.297 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 10 G, 8 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 6 K) – July 10, 2016 in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (1-0, 5.48 ERA, 1.174 WHIP, 9.8 K/9) – 7 G, 2 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.