Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees (Aug 8-10)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays kick off a ten-game homestand at the Rogers Centre with three  against the rival, New York Yankees.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (52-59) are fresh off a 2-1 series loss against the Astros in Houston. The Yankees (59-51) are three games back of the division, and currently lead the American League wild card by two games. Toronto has a (27-26) record at home this season, while New York sits with a (27-29) road record.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.78 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 1.28 HR/9, 7.9 K/9, .272/.341/.448

NYY – (Starters) 4.12 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 1.33 HR/9, 8.9 K/9, .246/.304/.413

TOR – (Relievers) 4.45 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.24 HR/9, 9.7 K/9, .240/.316/.414

NYY – (Relievers) 3.23 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 0.81 HR/9, 10.6 K/9, .209/.294/.328

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.27 – .242/.317/.411 – 329 XBH – 7.9 K/G

New York – R/G 5.20 – .260/.336/.440 – 355 XBH – 9.0 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 4-8, 3.92 ERA) vs. C. Sabathia LHP (2017: 9-4, 3.84 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (4-8, 3.92 ERA, 1.306 WHIP, 8.5 K/9), ERA+ 116, FIP 4.40, SO/W 3.33

Opponents batting average against .253/.301/.436 – BABIP .288, 2017 bWAR 1.8

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) – August 2nd vs White Sox

Career vs New York – (7-2, 3.63 ERA, 1.211 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 15 GS

Last appearance vs Yankees – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – July 4th in New York

2017 Home Record: (1-5, 4.25 ERA, 1.556 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

CC Sabathia (6’6, 300 lbs – Valleja, CA)

2017 season record: (9-4, 3.84 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, 7.0 K/9), ERA+ 121, FIP 4.40, SO/W 2.08

Opponents batting average against .239/.313/.379 – BABIP .271, 2017 bWAR 2.0

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – August 1st vs Detroit

Career vs Toronto – (16-10, 3.61 ERA, 1.130 WHIP, 8.4 K/9) – 29 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) – July 4th in New York

2017 Road Record: (6-2, 2.29 ERA, 1.236 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

N. Tepesch RHP (2017: 0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. M. Tanaka RHP (2017: 8-10, 4.93 ERA)

Nick Tepesch (6’4, 240 lbs – Kansas City, MO)

2017 season record: (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 4.200 WHIP, 10.8 K/9), ERA+ 100, FIP 12.14, SO/W 1.00

Opponents batting average against .455/.538/.909 – BABIP .500, 2017 bWAR -0.4

Last appearance – (1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – May 6th vs Boston

Career vs New York – (0-1, 27.00 ERA, 9.000 WHIP, 0.00 K/9) – 1 G

Last appearance vs Yankees – (0.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) – July 22, 2014 in New York

2017 AAA Record: (2-4, 5.88 ERA, 1.429 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 12 G, 10 GS

 

 

 

Masahiro Tanaka (6’3, 215 lbs – Itami, JA)

2017 season record: (8-10, 4.93 ERA, 1.265 WHIP, 9.6 K/9), ERA+ 93, FIP 4.52, SO/W 4.96

Opponents batting average against .265/.311/.482 – BABIP .312, 2017 bWAR 0.9

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 66 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) – August 2nd vs Detroit

Career vs Toronto – (8-3, 2.52 ERA, 1.053 WHIP, 8.6 K/9) – 12 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – July 3rd in New York

2017 Road Record: (3-5, 5.89 ERA, 1.516 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-7, 5.12 ERA) vs. S. Gray RHP (2017: 6-6, 3.41 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (4-7, 5.12 ERA, 1.418 WHIP, 9.4 K/9), ERA+ 89, FIP 4.44, SO/W 2.53

Opponents batting average against .259/.328/.471 – BABIP .309, 2017 bWAR 1.4

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – August 5th in Houston

Career vs New York – (4-3, 4.68 ERA, 1.288 WHIP, 6.2 K/9) – 13 G, 12 GS

Last appearance vs Yankees – (4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) – July 5th in New York

2017 Home Record: (2-2, 4.75 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 9.3 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (6-6, 3.41 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), ERA+ 162, FIP 2.64, SO/W 2.00

Opponents batting average against .225/.286/.348 – BABIP .281, 2017 bWAR 1.7

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – August 3rd vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (3-2, 2.54 ERA, 1.300 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 6 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) – July 25th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (1-4, 3.89 ERA, 1.296 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) – 7 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.