Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Los Angeles Angels (July 28-30)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays welcome the Los Angeles Angels to the Rogers Centre for a three-game weekend series looking to extend their current win streak.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (48-54) roll into their last home series before the trade deadline having swept aside the Oakland Athletics over four games. The Angels (49-54) were swept by Cleveland in their recent series, and are sliding slowly in the American League wild card race. Toronto has a (26-24) record at home this season, while Los Angeles sits with a (22-31) road record.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.76 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 1.32 HR/9, 7.9 K/9, .272/.343/.452

LAA – (Starters) 4.41 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1.58 HR/9, 7.6 K/9, .259/.327/.452

TOR – (Relievers) 4.12 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 1.14 HR/9, 9.9 K/9, .229/.306/.391

LAA – (Relievers) 3.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 1.11 HR/9, 9.4 K/9, .235/.296/.383

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.12 – .241/.315/.406 – 297 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Los Angeles – R/G 4.06 – .241/.311/.385 – 268 XBH – 7.5 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 3-7, 4.13 ERA) vs. P. Bridwell RHP (2017: 4-1, 3.09 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (3-7, 4.13 ERA, 1.319 WHIP, 8.1 K/9), ERA+ 110, FIP 4.84, SO/W 3.42

Opponents batting average against .259/.303/.463 – BABIP .284, 2017 bWAR 1.3

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – July 23rd vs Cleveland

Career vs Los Angeles – (1-5, 6.52 ERA, 1.586 WHIP, 8.4 K/9) – 6 GS

Last appearance vs Angels – (6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – September 15, 2016 in Anaheim

2017 Home Record: (1-4, 4.20 ERA, 1.567 WHIP, 8.4 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

Parker Bridwell (6’4, 185 lbs – Hereford, TX)

2017 season record: (4-1, 3.09 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, 5.8 K/9), ERA+ 138, FIP 5.28, SO/W 2.50

Opponents batting average against .274/.326/.457 – BABIP .285, 2017 bWAR 1.3

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – July 23rd vs Boston

***Has Never Faced the Toronto Blue Jays***

2017 Road Record: (2-0, 2.04 ERA, 1.189 WHIP, 6.1 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 6-5, 5.99 ERA) vs. Y. Petit RHP (2017: 2-0, 2.70 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (6-5, 5.99 ERA, 1.670 WHIP, 8.2 K/9), ERA+ 76, FIP 4.90, SO/W 1.67

Opponents batting average against .285/.372/.487 – BABIP .335, 2017 bWAR -0.1

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – July 24th vs Oakland

Career vs Los Angeles – (2-7, 5.95 ERA, 1.763 WHIP, 6.6 K/9) – 12 G, 11 GS

Last appearance vs Angels – (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – April 24th in Anaheim

2017 Home Record: (5-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.354 WHIP, 9.2 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Yusmeiro Petit (6’1, 255 lbs – Marachibo, VZ)

2017 season record: (2-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.971 WHIP, 9.4 K/9), ERA+ 158, FIP 2.91, SO/W 4.92

Opponents batting average against .208/.253/.319 – BABIP .264, 2017 bWAR 1.0

Last appearance – (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) – July 25th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.692 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) – 2 G, 0 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) – April 24th in Anaheim

2017 Road Record: (1-0, 3.71 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, 9.8 K/9) – 18 G, 0 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

C. Valdez RHP (2017: 1-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. J. Chavez RHP (2017: 5-10, 5.35 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (1-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.125 WHIP, 7.3 K/9), ERA+ 205, FIP 3.27, SO/W 3.25

Opponents batting average against .283/.343/.535 – BABIP .303, 2017 bWAR 0.1

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – July 25th vs Oakland

Career vs Los Angeles – (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.000 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 1 G

Last appearance vs Angels – (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) – April 26th in Anaheim

2017 Home Record: (1-0, 3.60 ERA, 1.300 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 2 G, 2 GS (One with Oakland)

 

 

Jesse Chavez (6’2, 175 lbs – San Gabriel, CA)

2017 season record: (5-10, 5.35 ERA, 1.418 WHIP, 7.1 K/9), ERA+ 79, FIP 5.54, SO/W 2.26

Opponents batting average against .273/.335/.502 – BABIP .292, 2017 bWAR 0.2

Last appearance – (2.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) – July 25th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (1-4, 6.27 ERA, 1.607 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) – 5 G, 3 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) – April 24th in Anaheim

2017 Road Record: (2-6, 7.00 ERA, 1.667 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 11 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.