Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Chicago Cubs (Aug 18-20)

 

After a successful homestand the Toronto Blue Jays head out on the road to face the Cubs at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (59-62) are fresh off a 3-1 home series win against Tampa. The Cubs (63-57) recently split a four game series with Cincinnati. Toronto has a (25-33) road record this season, while Chicago sits with a (31-28) record at Wrigley this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.62 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 1.25 HR/9, 7.8 K/9, .269/.340/.443

CHC – (Starters) 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1.29 HR/9, 8.2 K/9, .250/.318/.424

TOR – (Relievers) 4.31 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.17 HR/9, 9.6 K/9, .259/.316/.406

CHC – (Relievers) 3.63 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1.15 HR/9, 9.8 K/9, .216/.311/.3362

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.27 – .241/.316/.412 – 361 XBH – 7.8 K/G

Chicago – R/G 4.83 – .249/.332/.439 – 399 XBH – 8.5 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 2:20 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 6-8, 3.63 ERA) vs. J. Arrieta RHP (2017: 12-8, 3.73 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (6-8, 3.63 ERA, 1.303 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), ERA+ 126, FIP 4.19, SO/W 3.00

Opponents batting average against .246/.301/.409 – BABIP .287, 2017 bWAR 2.4

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) – August 13th vs Pittsburgh

Career vs Chicago- (1-4, 5.52 ERA, 1.968 WHIP, 9.3 K/9) – 6 GS

Last appearance vs Cubs – (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) – September 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh

2017 Road Record: (3-3, 3.67 ERA, 1.122 WHIP, 8.6 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Jake Arrieta (6’4, 225 lbs – Farmington, MO)

2017 season record: (12-8, 3.73 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), ERA+ 115, FIP 4.04, SO/W 3.00

Opponents batting average against .233/.302/.402 – BABIP .277, 2017 bWAR 1.2

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – August 13th vs Arizona

Career vs Toronto – (3-2, 5.45 ERA, 1.459 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 7 G, 6 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – September 9, 2014 in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (3-2, 3.47 ERA, 1.071 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 2:20 EST

N. Tepesch RHP (2017: 1-1, 5.23 ERA) vs. J. Quintana LHP (2017: 7-10, 4.33 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (1-1, 5.23 ERA, 1.548 WHIP, 3.5 K/9), ERA+ 90, FIP 9.14, SO/W 1.00

Opponents batting average against .315/.403/.667 – BABIP .279, 2017 bWAR -0.2

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K) – August 14th vs Tampa

Career vs Chicago- (0-1, 11.25 ERA, 2.500 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Cubs – (4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) – May 6, 2013 in Chicago

2017 Road Record: Hasn’t pitched on the road this season.

 

 

Jose Quintana (6’1, 220 lbs – Arjona, CO)

2017 season record: (7-10, 4.33 ERA, 1.270 WHIP, 9.5 K/9), ERA+ 100, FIP 4.10, SO/W 2.88

Opponents batting average against .238/.310/.412 – BABIP .291, 2017 bWAR 1.4

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) – August 14th vs Cincinnati

Career vs Toronto – (6-2, 1.77 ERA, 1.033 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) – 9 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – June 16th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (3-4, 5.25 ERA, 1.400 WHIP, 9.3 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 2:20 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 5-8, 5.09 ERA) vs. K. Hendricks RHP (2017: 4-4, 3.45 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (5-8, 5.09 ERA, 1.461 WHIP, 9.2 K/9), ERA+ 90, FIP 4.54, SO/W 2.38

Opponents batting average against .263/.334/.476 – BABIP .313, 2017 bWAR 1.5

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

Career vs Chicago- (6-1, 3.62 ERA, 1.105 WHIP, 9.3 K/9) – 17 G, 9 GS

Last appearance vs Cubs – (1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) – September 26, 2014 in Milwaukee

2017 Road Record: (2-5, 5.33 ERA, 1.370 WHIP, 9.4 K/9) – 14 GS

 

 

Kyle Hendricks (6’3, 190 lbs – Newport Beach, CA)

2017 season record: (4-4, 3.45 ERA, 1.263 WHIP, 7.6 K/9), ERA+ 125, FIP 4.14, SO/W 2.50

Opponents batting average against .245/.310/.373 – BABIP .284, 2017 bWAR 1.5

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) – August 15th vs Cincinnati

Career vs Toronto – (0-1, 6.35 ERA, 1.412 WHIP, 7.9 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – September 10, 2014 in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (2-2, 3.44 ERA, 1.369 WHIP, 7.2 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.