Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays (Aug 14-17)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays close out their most recent homestand with a four-game series against the, Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (56-61) are fresh off a 2-1 series win against the Pirates at home. The Rays (59-60) recently dropped three of four to Cleveland. Toronto has a (31-28) record at home this season, while Tampa sits with a (28-30) road record.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.762 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 1.25 HR/9, 7.8 K/9, .269/.338/.443

TBR – (Starters) 4.01 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.29 HR/9, 8.3 K/9, .246/.311/.418

TOR – (Relievers) 4.44 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.22 HR/9, 9.7 K/9, .240/.317/.411

TBR – (Relievers) 4.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 0.97 HR/9, 8.0 K/9, .241/.319/.381

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.30 – .242/.318/.412 – 347 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Tampa Bay – R/G 4.33 – .246/.319/.422 – 359 XBH – 9.7 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

N. Tepesch LHP (2017: 0-2, 9.00 ERA) vs. J. Odorizzi RHP (2017: 6-5, 4.38 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (0-2, 9.00 ERA, 2.667 WHIP, 9.0 K/9), ERA+ 56, FIP 11.31, SO/W 2.00

Opponents batting average against .406/.457/.906 – BABIP .409, 2017 bWAR -0.5

Last appearance – (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – August 9th vs New York

Career vs Tampa – (1-0, 1.88 ERA, 0.767 WHIP, 5.7 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Rays – (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) – August 12, 2014 in Texas

2017 Home Record: (0-1, 10.38 ERA, 2.077 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) – 1 GS

 

 

Jake Odorizzi (6’2, 190 lbs – Breese, IL)

2017 season record: (6-5, 4.38 ERA, 1.277 WHIP, 7.7 K/9), ERA+ 95, FIP 5.65, SO/W 2.27

Opponents batting average against .237/.305/.471 – BABIP .242, 2017 bWAR -0.3

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – August 9th vs Boston

Career vs Toronto – (5-2, 3.23 ERA, 1.064 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) – 14 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) – June 14th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (3-1, 4.21 ERA, 1.321 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 5-7, 4.85 ERA) vs. B. Snell LHP (2017: 0-6, 4.69 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (5-7, 4.85 ERA, 1.404 WHIP, 9.3 K/9), ERA+ 94, FIP 4.35, SO/W 2.50

Opponents batting average against .255/.325/.463 – BABIP .306, 2017 bWAR 1.8

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – August 10th vs New York

Career vs Tampa – (1-7, 4.43 ERA, 1.197 WHIP, 9.4 K/9) – 13 G, 9 GS

Last appearance vs Rays – (3.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) – June 13th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (3-2, 4.14 ERA, 1.454 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Blake Snell (6’4, 200 lbs – Seattle, WA)

2017 season record: (0-6, 4.69 ERA, 1.525 WHIP, 7.8 K/9), ERA+ 89, FIP 4.87, SO/W 1.58

Opponents batting average against .256/.348/.432 – BABIP .296, 2017 bWAR -0.1

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – August 10th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (1-2, 4.19 ERA, 1.552 WHIP, 7.9 K/9) – 4 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – April 28th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-3, 4.95 ERA, 1.626 WHIP, 8.2 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 10-6, 3.00 ERA) vs. J. Faria RHP (2017: 5-3, 3.19 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (10-6, 3.00 ERA, 1.294 WHIP, 7.3 K/9), ERA+ 152, FIP 3.75, SO/W 2.64

Opponents batting average against .257/.308/.375 – BABIP .306, 2017 bWAR 4.9

Last appearance – (8.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – August 11th vs Pittsburgh

Career vs Tampa – (4-4, 4.17 ERA, 1.354 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) – 9 GS

Last appearance vs Rays – (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) – April 28th on Toronto

2017 Home Record: (4-4, 2.61 ERA, 1.210 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 12 GS

 

 

Jacob Faria (6’4, 235 lbs – La Palma, CA)

2017 season record: (5-3, 3.19 ERA, 1.173 WHIP, 9.1 K/9), ERA+ 131, FIP 3.63, SO/W 2.74

Opponents batting average against .222/.299/.346 – BABIP .275, 2017 bWAR 1.5

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) – August 11th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (1-0, 1.42 ERA, 1.105 WHIP, 11.4 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – June 13th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-1, 3.03 ERA, 1.206 WHIP, 9.8 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

Game 4

First Pitch – 4:07 EST

C. Rowley RHP (2017: 1-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. C. Archer RHP (2017: 8-7, 3.84 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (1-0, 1.69 ERA, 1.125 WHIP, 5.1 K/9), ERA+ 286, FIP 2.58, SO/W 3.00

Opponents batting average against .238/.373/.333 – BABIP .278, 2017 bWAR 0.3

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – August 12th vs Pittsburgh

*** Has Never Faced the Tampa Bay Rays ***

2017 Home Record: (1-0, 1.69 ERA, 1.125 WHIP, 5.1 K/9) – 1 GS

 

 

Chris Archer (6’2, 195 lbs – Raleigh, NC)

2017 season record: (8-7, 3.84 ERA, 1.243 WHIP, 11.1 K/9), ERA+ 108, FIP 3.17, SO/W 3.94

Opponents batting average against .242/.304/.389 – BABIP .327, 2017 bWAR 1.7

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) – August 12th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (6-4, 3.13 ERA, 1.108 WHIP, 9.4 K/9) – 22 G

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 111 K) – May 5th in Tampa Bay

2017 Road Record: (5-3, 4.30 ERA, 1.364 WHIP, 10.0 K/9) – 12 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.