Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Houston Astros (Aug 4-6)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays close out their recent road trip with a three-game series with the American League leading, Houston Astros.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (51-57) are fresh of a 2-1 series win against the White Sox in Chicago. The Astros (69-39) have dropped 6 of 8 over the last week, and were swept at home by Tampa. Toronto has a (24-31) record on the road this season, while Houston sits with a (31-24) home record.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.75 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 1.28 HR/9, 7.9 K/9, .271/.340/.447

HOU- (Starters) 4.02 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.19 HR/9, 9.4 K/9, .244/.318/.407

TOR – (Relievers) 4.24 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 1.18 HR/9, 9.8 K/9, .236/.312/.403

HOU – (Relievers) 4.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 1.26 HR/9, 11.2 K/9, .228/.298/.359

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.23 – .242/.317/.411 – 320 XBH – 7.8 K/G

Houston – R/G 5.86 – .290/.354/.500 – 424 XBH – 6.7 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 8:10 EST

C. Valdez RHP (2017: 1-0, 5.00 ERA) vs. B. Peacock RHP (2017: 9-1, 2.62 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (1-0, 5.00 ERA, 1.444 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 94, FIP 5.93, SO/W 3.00

Opponents batting average against .319/.369/.559 – BABIP .337, 2017 bWAR -0.3

Last appearance – (2.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) – July 30th vs Anaheim

Career vs Houston – (1-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.625 WHIP, 2.3 K/9) – 2 G, 1 GS

Last appearance vs Astros – (3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) – April 28th in Houston

2017 Road Record: (0-0, 5.87 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 5.9 K/9) – 7 G,  0 GS

 

 

Brad Peacock (6’1, 210 lbs – Palm Beach, FL)

2017 season record: (9-1, 2.62 ERA, 1.216 WHIP, 12.0 K/9), ERA+ 152, FIP 2.53, SO/W 2.46

Opponents batting average against .188/.298/.261 – BABIP .290, 2017 bWAR 2.2

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – July 28th vs Detroit

Career vs Toronto – (2-0, 3.09 ERA, 1.543 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) – July 9th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (3-1, 2.36 ERA, 1.252 WHIP, 13.1 K/9) – 13 G, 5 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-7, 5.19 ERA) vs. C. Morton RHP (2017: 9-4, 3.77 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (4-7, 5.19 ERA, 1.442 WHIP, 9.4 K/9), ERA+ 89, FIP 4.38, SO/W 2.49

Opponents batting average against .262/.331/.470 – BABIP .315, 2017 bWAR 1.2

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – July 31st vs White Sox

Career vs Houston – (2-0, 2.79 ERA, 1.009 WHIP, 9.8 K/9) – 11 G, 5 GS

Last appearance vs Astros – (7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) – August 3, 2016 in Houston

2017 Road Record: (2-5, 5.47 ERA, 1.405 WHIP, 9.5 K/9) – 13 GS

 

 

Charlie Morton (6’5, 235 lbs – Flemington, NJ)

2017 season record: (9-4, 3.77 ERA, 1.223 WHIP, 9.9 K/9), ERA+ 105, FIP 4.04, SO/W 2.85

Opponents batting average against .224/.312/.397 – BABIP .281, 2017 bWAR 1.0

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) – July 31st vs Tampa

Career vs Toronto – (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 4.5 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) – July 7th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (6-2, 3.62 ERA, 1.190 WHIP, 9.5 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 2:10 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 10-5, 3.19 ERA) vs. M. Fiers RHP (2017: 7-6, 3.97 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (10-5, 3.19 ERA, 1.310 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 145, FIP 3.89, SO/W 2.59

Opponents batting average against .262/.325/.382 – BABIP .311, 2017 bWAR 4.8

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – August 1 vs White Sox

Career vs Houston – (2-1, 3.09 ERA, 1.114 WHIP, 10.8 K/9) – 4 GS

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

2017 Road Record: (6-2, 3.49 ERA, 1.328 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

Mike Fiers (6’2, 200 lbs – Hollywood, FL)

2017 season record: (7-6, 3.97 ERA, 1.305 WHIP, 8.8 K/9), ERA+ 100, FIP 5.18, SO/W 2.64

Opponents batting average against .245/.325/.452 – BABIP .278, 2017 bWAR 1.2

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) – August 1st vs Tampa

Career vs Toronto – (1-3, 3.65 ERA, 1.014 WHIP, 10.2 K/9) – 5 G, 4 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) – July 8th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (2-4, 3.45 ERA, 1.183 WHIP, 8.4 K/9) – 10 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.