Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox (July 17-20)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays continue their post all-star break ten-game road trip with four mid-week games with the first place, Red Sox.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (42-49) head into Boston looking to get their season going in the right direction after a less than stellar series in Detroit. The Red Sox (52-41) recently split a four-game series at home with New York, but still lead the American League East by 2.5 games. Toronto has a (20-25) record on the road this season, while Boston sits with a (26-17) record at Fenway Park.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.79 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 1.39 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .273/.340/.457

BOS – (Starters) 4.14 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.33 HR/9, 9.5 K/9, .261/.311/.442

TOR – (Relievers) 4.23 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1.20 HR/9, 9.8 K/9, .235/.312/.402

BOS – (Relievers) 3.05 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 0.93 HR/9, 9.3 K/9, .226/.296/.359

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.16 – .243/.315/.408 – 261 XBH – 7.8 K/G

Boston – R/G 4.73 – .265/.338/.412 – 272 XBH – 7.1 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 9-5, 3.28 ERA) vs. E. Rodriguez LHP (2017: 4-2, 3.54 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (9-5, 3.28 ERA, 1.264 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 139, FIP 3.87, SO/W 3.21

Opponents batting average against .267/.320/.395 – BABIP .315, 2017 bWAR 4.2

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – July 8th vs Houston

Career vs Boston (4-2, 5.07 ERA, 1.450 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) – 8 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (4.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – April 18th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (5-2, 4.14 ERA, 1.380 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Eduardo Rodriguez (6’2, 220 lbs – Valencia, VZ)

2017 season record: (4-2, 3.54 ERA, 1.148 WHIP, 9.6 K/9), ERA+ 130, FIP 4.06, SO/W 3.10

Opponents batting average against .222/.293/.416 – BABIP .268, 2017 bWAR 1.2

Last appearance – (5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) – June 1st vs Baltimore

Career vs Toronto – (1-3, 6.35 ERA, 1.341 WHIP, 6.7 K/9) – 6 G, 5 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) – April 19th in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (1-0, 1.56 ERA, 1.327 WHIP, 10.9 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 3-6, 3.54 ERA) vs. B. Johnson LHP (2017: 2-0, 4.29 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (3-6, 3.54 ERA, 1.246 WHIP, 8.9 K/9), ERA+ 129, FIP 4.42, SO/W 4.29

Opponents batting average against .252/.291/.455 – BABIP .286, 2017 bWAR 1.6

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – July 9th vs Houston

Career vs Boston (5-3, 3.66 ERA, 1.346 WHIP, 6.3 K/9) – 13 G, 12 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K) – October 1, 2016 in Boston

2017 Road Record: (2-2, 2.90 ERA, 0.935 WHIP, 9.3 K/9) – 5 GS

 

 

Brian Johnson (6’4, 235 lbs – Lakeland, FL)

2017 season record: (2-0, 4.29 ERA, 1.381 WHIP, 7.3 K/9), ERA+ 107, FIP 5.33, SO/W 3.40

Opponents batting average against .276/.315/.506 – BABIP .292, 2017 bWAR 0.3

Last appearance – (2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) – June 15th vs Philadelphia

Career vs Toronto – (1-0, 7.20 ERA, 2.000 WHIP, 10.8 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – April 18th in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (1-0, 2.03 ERA, 1.050 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 2 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

A. Sanchez RHP (2017: 1-2, 3.94 ERA) vs. D. Pomeranz LHP (2017: 9-4, 3.75 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (1-2, 3.94 ERA, 1.594 WHIP, 6.2 K/9), ERA+ 117, FIP 5.70, SO/W 1.47

Opponents batting average against .279/.359/.465 – BABIP .297, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – July 14th vs Detroit

Career vs Boston (4-1, 3.48 ERA, 1.159 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) – 14 G, 6 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – October 2, 2016 in Boston

2017 Road Record: (1-0, 1.89 ERA, 1.263 WHIP, 6.6 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Drew Pomeranz (6’6, 240 lbs – Collierville, TN)

2017 season record: (9-4, 3.75 ERA, 1.354 WHIP, 9.8 K/9), ERA+ 123, FIP 3.64, SO/W 3.09

Opponents batting average against .259/.319/.408 – BABIP .327, 2017 bWAR  1.6

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – July 14th vs New York

Career vs Toronto – (1-1, 3.07 ERA, 1.295 WHIP, 8.6 K/9) – 5 G, 3 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) – July 2nd in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (5-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.304 WHIP, 11.7 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Game 4

First Pitch – 1:10 EST

F. Liriano RHP (2017: 5-5, 6.04 ERA) vs. D. Fister RHP (2017: 0-3, 6.75 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (5-5, 6.04 ERA, 1.671 WHIP, 8.2 K/9), ERA+ 75, FIP 4.93, SO/W 1.64

Opponents batting average against .283/.372/.486 – BABIP .332, 2017 bWAR 0.1

Last appearance – (2.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – July 15th vs Detroit

Career vs Boston (3-4, 5.44 ERA, 1.558 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 8 GS

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

2017 Road Record: (1-3, 8.33 ERA, 2.074 WHIP, 6.7 K/9) – 7 GS

**NOTE**

Liriano is listed as day-to-day with the neck injury that forced him from the game on Saturday. Game 4 will be updated accordingly should he not be able to make his scheduled start.

 

 

Doug Fister (6’8, 210 lbs – Merced, CA)

2017 season record: (0-3, 6.75 ERA, 1.788 WHIP, 7.8 K/9), ERA+ 69, FIP 5.91, SO/W 1.36

Opponents batting average against .317/.418/.524 – BABIP .354, 2017 bWAR -0.6

Last appearance – (2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) – July 15th vs New York

Career vs Toronto – (2-2, 3.69 ERA, 1.099 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 8 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) – June 30th in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (0-2, 6.23 ERA, 1.846 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 2 G, 1 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.