Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Oakland Athletics (July 24-27)

 

The battered and bruised Toronto Blue Jays come limping home after a disastrous 3-7 road-trip in search of some home cooking.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (44-54) head home after being swept by the Indian in Cleveland. The Athletic (44-54) recently lost a series to the New York Mets, and currently sit in last of the American League West. Toronto has a (22-24) record at home this season, while Oakland sits with a (16-31) record away from O.Co.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.81 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 1.34 HR/9, 7.9 K/9, .274/.343/.455

OAK – (Starters) 4.52 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 1.17 HR/9, 7.3 K/9, .256/.319/.420

TOR – (Relievers) 4.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1.20 HR/9, 9.9 K/9, .235/.312/.403

OAK – (Relievers) 4.80 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1.32 HR/9, 8.7 K/9, .255/.322/.435

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.09 – .241/.314/.403 – 280 XBH – 8.0 K/G

Oakland – R/G 4.32 – .238/.312/.423 – 320 XBH – 9.5 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 5-5, 6.15 ERA) vs. C. Smith RHP (2017: 0-0, 2.77 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (5-5, 6.15 ERA, 1.730 WHIP, 8.2 K/9), ERA+ 74, FIP 4.91, SO/W 1.63

Opponents batting average against .294/.381/.497 – BABIP .346, 2017 bWAR -0.2

Last appearance – (1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) – July 20th vs Boston

Career vs Oakland (5-4, 4.30 ERA, 1.261 WHIP, 10.2 K/9) – 17 G, 15 GS

Last appearance vs Athletics – (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – June 7th in Oakland

2017 Home Record: (4-2, 4.60 ERA, 1.419 WHIP, 9.2 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Chris Smith (6’0, 190 lbs – Apple valley, CA)

2017 season record: (0-0, 2.77 ERA, 0.923 WHIP, 5.5 K/9), ERA+ 154, FIP 4.61, SO/W 2.67

Opponents batting average against .191/.235/.383 – BABIP .184, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – July 18th vs Tampa Bay

Career vs Toronto – (0-0, 15.43 ERA, 2.571 WHIP, 11.6 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) – August 23, 2008 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.167 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) – 1 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

C. Valdez RHP (2017: 0-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. S. Gray RHP (2017: 6-4, 3.66 ERA)

Cesar Valdez (6’2, 200 – Santo Domingo, DR)

2017 season record: (0-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 8.1 K/9), ERA+ 173, FIP 3.85, SO/W 3.00

Opponents batting average against .295/.360/.577 – BABIP .305, 2017 bWAR -0.2

Last appearance – (1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) – July 21st vs Cleveland

*** Has Never Face the Oakland Athletics***

***First Time Pitching in Toronto***

 

 

Sonny Gray (5’10, 190 lbs – Nashville, TN)

2017 season record: (6-4, 3.66 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, 8.4 K/9), ERA+ 113, FIP 3.38, SO/W 3.04

Opponents batting average against .230/.289/.362 – BABIP .282, 2017 bWAR 1.7

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – July 19th vs Tampa Bay

Career vs Toronto – (3-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) – 5 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – July 16, 2016 in Oakland

2017 Road Record: (1-2, 4.85 ERA, 1.348 WHIP, 8.2 K/9) – 5 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-7, 5.52 ERA) vs. P. Blackburn RHP (2017: 1-1, 2.88 ERA)

Marco Estrada (6’0, 180 – Sonora, MX)

2017 season record: (4-7, 5.52 ERA, 1.491 WHIP, 9.7 K/9), ERA+ 82, FIP 4.42, SO/W 2.57

Opponents batting average against .271/.340/.492 – BABIP .331, 2017 bWAR 0.6

Last appearance – (4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – July 21st vs Cleveland

Career vs Oakland (0-2, 8.38 ERA, 1.862 WHIP, 10.2 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Athletics – (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – June 6th in Oakland

2017 Home Record: (2-2, 4.89 ERA, 1.512 WHIP, 9.6 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Paul Blackburn (6’1, 195 lbs – Antioch, CA)

2017 season record: (1-1, 2.88 ERA, 1.160 WHIP, 3.2 K/9), ERA+ 146, FIP 4.95, SO/W 1.29

Opponents batting average against .239/.300/.370 – BABIP .238, 2017 bWAR  0.8

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) – July 21st vs New York Mets

*** Has Never Face the Toronto Blue Jays***

2017 Road Record: (1-1, 3.46 ERA, 1.231 WHIP, 0.7 K/9) – 2 GS

 

 

Game 4

First Pitch – 12:37 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 9-5, 2.98 ERA) vs. S. Manaea LHP (2017: 8-5, 3.82 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (9-5, 2.98 ERA, 1.263 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 152, FIP 3.80, SO/W 2.84

Opponents batting average against .259/.318/.378 – BABIP .308, 2017 bWAR 4.6

Last appearance – (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) – July 22nd vs Cleveland

Career vs Oakland (0-0, 4.63 ERA, 1.371 WHIP, 9.3 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Athletics – (4.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – July 15, 2016 in Oakland

2017 Home Record: (4-3, 2.70 ERA, 1.185 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Sean Manaea (6’5, 245 lbs – Valparaiso, IN)

2017 season record: (8-5, 3.82 ERA, 1.245 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), ERA+ 109, FIP 3.56, SO/W 2.71

Opponents batting average against .237/.312/.373 – BABIP .297, 2017 bWAR  2.4

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

Career vs Toronto – (1-0, 3.27 ERA, 0.909 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 2 G, 1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) – June 5th in Oakland

2017 Road Record: (4-4, 4.01 ERA, 1.258 WHIP, 8.4 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.