Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Chicago White Sox (Jul 31-Aug 2)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays hit the road for a six-game road trip by opening up three games in Chicago to face the White Sox.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (47-56) open up a six-game road trip with three games in Chicago after a dramatic homestand that saw them go 5-2. The White Sox (40-62) have gone 1-5 over their recent homestand after a sweep by the Cubs, and dropping two of three to Cleveland. Toronto has a (22-30) record on the road this season, while Chicago sits with a (20-27) home record.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.83 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 1.31 HR/9, 7.8 K/9, .273/.343/.451

CWS – (Starters) 5.04 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 1.68 HR/9, 6.7 K/9, .270/.350/.478

TOR – (Relievers) 4.16 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 1.15 HR/9, 9.8 K/9, .232/.308/.396

CWS – (Relievers) 3.94 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1.20 HR/9, 9.3 K/9, .237/.318/.398

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.17 – .241/.315/.408 – 308 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Chicago – R/G 4.33 – .254/.312/.412 – 293 XBH – 8.4 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 8:10 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-7, 5.43 ERA) vs. J. Shields RHP (2017: 2-3, 5.86 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (4-7, 5.43 ERA, 1.487 WHIP, 9.6 K/9), ERA+ 84, FIP 4.51, SO/W 2.44

Opponents batting average against .267/.339/.488 – BABIP .324, 2017 bWAR 0.8

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) – July 26th vs Oakland

Career vs Chicago – (0-1, 3.95 ERA, 1.098 WHIP, 4.6 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs White Sox – (6.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) – April 27, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-5, 5.91 ERA, 1.478 WHIP, 9.8 K/9) – 12 GS

 

 

James Shields (6’3, 215 lbs – Newhall, CA)

2017 season record: (2-3, 5.86 ERA, 1.658 WHIP, 6.8 K/9), ERA+ 73, FIP 6.56, SO/W 1.36

Opponents batting average against .272/.367/.524 – BABIP .282, 2017 bWAR -0.3

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) – July 26th vs Chicago Cubs

Career vs Toronto – (12-6, 3.32 ERA, 1.034 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 25 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – June 18th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (2-3, 5.84 ERA, 1.743 WHIP, 6.2 K/9) – 5 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 8:10 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 9-5, 3.08 ERA) vs. M. Pelfrey RHP (2017: 3-8, 4.73 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (9-5, 3.08 ERA, 1.310 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 147, FIP 3.85, SO/W 2.53

Opponents batting average against .262/.326/.376 – BABIP .313, 2017 bWAR 4.6

Last appearance – (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) – July 27th vs Oakland

Career vs Chicago – (0-3, 6.23 ERA, 1.346 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) – 5 GS

Last appearance vs White Sox – (7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – June 17th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (5-2, 3.30 ERA, 1.350 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Mike Pelfrey (6’7, 240 lbs – Patterson AFB, OH)

2017 season record: (3-8, 4.73 ERA, 1.458 WHIP, 5.9 K/9), ERA+ 91, FIP 5.50, SO/W 1.34

Opponents batting average against .254/.346/.417 – BABIP .269, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) – July 27th vs Chicago Cubs

Career vs Toronto – (2-2, 3.49 ERA, 1.271 WHIP, 5.4 K/9) – 5 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) – June 17th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (1-4, 4.60 ERA, 1.465 WHIP, 6.1 K/9) – 10 G, 9 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 2:10 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 3-8, 4.15 ERA) vs. D. Holland LHP (2017: 5-10, 5.42 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (3-8, 4.15 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 8.1 K/9), ERA+ 110, FIP 4.74, SO/W 3.04

Opponents batting average against .256/.305/.448 – BABIP .283, 2017 bWAR 1.4

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) – July 28th vs Anaheim

Career vs Chicago – (2-2, 3.96 ERA, 1.280 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 4 GS

Last appearance vs White Sox – (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) – June 18th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-3, 4.07 ERA, 1.143 WHIP, 7.9 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Derek Holland (6’2, 215 lbs – Newark, OH)

2017 season record: (5-10, 5.42 ERA, 1.571 WHIP, 6.9 K/9), ERA+ 79, FIP 6.16, SO/W 1.74

Opponents batting average against .285/.363/.525 – BABIP .301, 2017 bWAR -0.7

Last appearance – (4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 0 K) – July 28th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (3-3, 6.99 ERA, 1.619 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) – 9 G, 8 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (2.2 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) – May 5, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (2-5, 4.47 ERA, 1.530 WHIP, 7.5 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.