Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Cleveland Indians (July 21-23)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays wrap up their ten game road-trip with a three game weekend series in Cleveland to face the Indians.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (44-51) head into Cleveland after a series split in Bean Town. The Indians (48-45) recently lost a series to the San Francisco Giants, but still lead the American League Central by a 1/2 game. Toronto has a (22-27) record on the road this season, while Cleveland sits with a (21-24) record at Progressive Field.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.75 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 1.36 HR/9, 7.9 K/9, .274/.342/.456

CLE – (Starters) 4.30 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 1.25 HR/9, 10.0 K/9, .249/.309/.422

TOR – (Relievers) 4.10 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 1.17 HR/9, 9.9 K/9, .231/.307/.395

CLE – (Relievers) 2.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 0.91 HR/9, 10.1 K/9, .222/.292/.349

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.17 – .243/.316/.406 – 273 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Cleveland – R/G 4.70 – .258/.333/.432 – 320 XBH – 7.1 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-6, 5.33 ERA) vs. T. Bauer RHP (2017: 7-8, 5.59 ERA)

Marco Estrada (6’0, 180 lbs – Sonora, MX)

2017 season record: (4-6, 5.33 ERA, 1.471 WHIP, 9.9 K/9), ERA+ 86, FIP 4.31, SO/W 2.67

Opponents batting average against .269/.337/.483 – BABIP .331, 2017 bWAR 0.8

Last appearance – (3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) – July 16th vs Detroit

Career vs Cleveland (0-0, 3.75 ERA, 0.917 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Indians – (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) – July 2, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-4, 5.63 ERA, 1.444 WHIP, 10.1 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

Trevor Bauer (6’1, 190 lbs – North Hollywood, CA)

2017 season record: (7-8, 5.59 ERA, 1.468 WHIP, 10.1 K/9), ERA+ 83, FIP 4.09, SO/W 2.84

Opponents batting average against .273/.342/.456 – BABIP .345, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) – July 16th vs Oakland

Career vs Toronto – (1-2, 6.20 ERA, 1.541 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) – 5 G, 4 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – May 8th in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (4-3, 4.75 ERA, 1.358 WHIP, 10.2 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 9-5, 3.10 ERA) vs. D. Salazar RHP (2017: 3-5, 5.40 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (9-5, 3.10 ERA, 1.261 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 147, FIP 3.81, SO/W 3.06

Opponents batting average against .264/.318/.387 – BABIP .312, 2017 bWAR 4.2

Last appearance – (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) – July 17th vs Boston

Career vs Cleveland (1-0, 2.53 ERA, 1.313 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 4 G, 3 GS

Last appearance vs Indians – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) – May 8th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (5-2, 3.61 ERA, 1.357 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Danny Salazar (6’1, 195 lbs – Santo Domingo, DR)

2017 season record: (3-5, 5.40 ERA, 1.582 WHIP, 12.6 K/9), ERA+ 86, FIP 4.57, SO/W 2.75

Opponents batting average against .274/.359/.484 – BABIP .369, 2017 bWAR 0.1

Last appearance – (1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) – June 3rd vs Kansas City

Career vs Toronto – (2-1, 4.58 ERA, 1.220 WHIP, 11.0 K/9) – 4 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – May 10th in Toronto

2016 Home Record: (1-3, 4.94 ERA, 1.352 WHIP, 12.2 K/9) – 5 G, 4 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:10 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 3-6, 3.55 ERA) vs. C. Kluber RHP (2017: 7-3, 2.86 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (3-6, 3.55 ERA, 1.258 WHIP, 8.5 K/9), ERA+ 129, FIP 4.74, SO/W 3.88

Opponents batting average against .252/.293/.462 – BABIP .277, 2017 bWAR 1.6

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – July 18th vs Boston

Career vs Cleveland (3-1, 2.86 ERA, 1.271 WHIP, 7.9 K/9) – 6 G, 5 GS

Last appearance vs Indians – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) – July 3, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

Corey Kluber (6’4, 215 lbs – Birmingham, AL)

2017 season record: (7-3, 2.86 ERA, 0.964 WHIP, 12.1 K/9), ERA+ 163, FIP 2.51, SO/W 5.63

Opponents batting average against .201/.251/.332 – BABIP .286, 2017 bWAR  3.9

Last appearance – (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 12 K) – July 15th vs Oakland

Career vs Toronto – (1-3, 5.34 ERA, 1.674 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) – 5 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) – August 21, 2016 in Cleveland

2016 Home Record: (5-1, 2.54 ERA, 0.994 WHIP, 13.3 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.