Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates (Aug 11-13)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays kick continue their homestand with a three-game weekend series against the, Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (54-60) are fresh off a 2-1 series win against the Yankees at home. The Pirates (57-58) are three games back in the National League Central after taking three of four from Detroit. Toronto has a (29-27) record at home this season, while Pittsburgh sits with a (25-32) road record.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

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

PIT – (Starters) 4.43 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 1.11 HR/9, 7.2 K/9, .275/.329/.451

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

PIT – (Relievers) 3.81 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1.05 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .250/.323/.398

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.23 – .242/.318/.411 – 338 XBH – 7.8 K/G

Pittsburgh – R/G 4.24 – .247/.323/.392 – 321 XBH – 7.2 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 10-5, 3.17 ERA) vs. J. Taillon RHP (2017: 6-5, 4.60 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (10-5, 3.17 ERA, 1.331 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 144, FIP 3.79, SO/W 2.61

Opponents batting average against .268/.329/.384 – BABIP .319, 2017 bWAR 4.7

Last appearance – (6.2 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – August 6th vs Houston

Career vs Pittsburgh – (0-0, 13.50 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 0.0 K/9) – 1 G

Last appearance vs Pirates – (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) – May 4, 2014 in Pittsburgh

2017 Home Record: (4-3, 2.90 ERA, 1.276 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

Jameson Taillon (6’5, 225 lbs – Lakeland, FL)

2017 season record: (6-5, 4.60 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 8.8 K/9), ERA+ 92, FIP 3.36, SO/W 3.00

Opponents batting average against .294/.354/.455 – BABIP .372, 2017 bWAR 0.3

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) – August 6th vs San Diego

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

2017 Road Record: (3-2, 4.26 ERA, 1.474 WHIP, 9.2 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

C. Rowley RHP (2017 AAA: 3-4, 2.82 ERA) vs. T. Williams RHP (2017: 5-4, 4.17 ERA)

Chris Rowley (6’2, 195 lbs – Atlanta, GA)

2017 AAA season record: (3-4, 2.82 ERA, 1.215 WHIP, 6.8 K/9), SO/W 5.44

Opponents batting average against .216/.270/.306 – BABIP .264, 2017 bWAR 0.0

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – August 7th vs Indianapolis

*** Making MLB Debut ***

 

 

Trevor Williams (6’3, 230 lbs – San Diego, CA)

2017 season record: (5-4, 4.17 ERA, 1.268 WHIP, 6.5 K/9), ERA+ 102, FIP 3.80, SO/W 2.45

Opponents batting average against .256/.314/.388 – BABIP .294, 2017 bWAR 1.2

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – August 7th vs Detroit

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

2017 Road Record: (4-3, 4.89 ERA, 1.478 WHIP, 6.7 K/9) – 11 G, 8 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 5-8, 3.77 ERA) vs. C. Kuhl RHP (2017: 5-7, 4.53 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (5-8, 3.77 ERA, 1.313 WHIP, 8.4 K/9), ERA+ 121, FIP 4.34, SO/W 3.04

Opponents batting average against .250/.303/.423 – BABIP .287, 2017 bWAR 2.1

Last appearance – (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) – August 8th vs New York

Career vs Pittsburgh – (3-3, 3.11 ERA, 1.236 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) – 9 GS

Last appearance vs Pirates – (5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – May 12, 2012 in Pittsburgh

2017 Home Record: (2-5, 3.89 ERA, 1.536 WHIP, 8.2 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Chad Kuhl (6’3, 216 lbs – Bear, DE)

2017 season record: (5-7, 4.53 ERA, 1.422 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 94, FIP 3.81, SO/W 2.04

Opponents batting average against .270/.344/.426 – BABIP .324, 2017 bWAR 0.9

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) – August 8th vs Detroit

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

2017 Road Record: (2-3, 3.90 ERA, 1.457 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

 

 

 

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN

 

 

**Photo Credit: Jay Blue of @JaysFromAway

 

 

 

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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.