Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays (Aug 22-24)

 

With their wild-card hopes taking a hit in Chicago, the Toronto Blue Jays head to Tampa to take on the Rays in hopes of righting the ship.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (59-65) are coming off a demoralizing three-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs. The Rays (61-65) recently dropped two of three to the Mariners at home. Toronto has a (25-36) road record this season, while Tampa sits with a (32-32) record at Tropicana Field this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.66 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 1.24 HR/9, 7.8 K/9, .270/.341/.444

TBR – (Starters) 4.08 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.30 HR/9, 8.2 K/9, .246/.312/.421

TOR – (Relievers) 4.35 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.17 HR/9, 9.7 K/9, .239/.316/.404

TBR – (Relievers) 4.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 0.97 HR/9, 8.0 K/9, .238/.315/.378

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.26 – .241/.316/.410 – 370 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Tampa – R/G 4.26 – .245/.318/.421 – 381 XBH – 9.6 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

C. Rowley RHP (2017: 1-0, 2.61 ERA) vs. C. Archer RHP (2017: 8-7, 3.84 ERA)

Chris Rowley (6’1, 195 lbs – Atlanta, GA)

2017 season record: (1-0, 2.61 ERA, 1.452 WHIP, 5.2 K/9), ERA+ 180, FIP 3.72, SO/W 1.00

Opponents batting average against .225/.326/.350 – BABIP .265, 2017 bWAR 0.5

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) – August 17th vs Tampa

Career vs Tampa – (0-0, 3.60 ERA, 1.800 WHIP, 5.4 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Rays – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) – August 17th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: Hasn’t made a road start this season.

 

 

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

2017 season record: (8-7, 3.84 ERA, 1.220 WHIP, 11.2 K/9), ERA+ 109, FIP 3.20, SO/W 4.14

Opponents batting average against .239/.299/.391 – BABIP .322, 2017 bWAR 1.8

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) – August 17th vs Toronto

Career vs Toronto – (6-4, 3.16 ERA, 1.089 WHIP, 9.5 K/9) – 23 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) – August 17th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (3-4, 3.43 ERA, 1.143 WHIP, 12.1 K/9) – 13 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 11-6, 2.99 ERA) vs. A. Pruitt RHP (2017: 6-4, 5.37 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (11-6, 2.99 ERA, 1.299 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 153, FIP 3.69, SO/W 2.62

Opponents batting average against .241/.323/.374 – BABIP .312, 2017 bWAR 5.1

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) – August 16th vs Tampa

Career vs Tampa – (5-4, 4.04 ERA, 1.361 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) – 10 GS

Last appearance vs Rays – (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) – August 16th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (6-2, 3.42 ERA, 1.385 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 12 GS

 

 

Austin Pruitt (5’10, 180 lbs – The Woodlands, TX)

2017 season record: (6-4, 5.37 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 6.8 K/9), ERA+ 78, FIP 3.80, SO/W 3.13

Opponents batting average against .302/.350/.461 – BABIP .351, 2017 bWAR -0.7

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – August 18th vs Seattle

Career vs Toronto – (1-0, 4.26 ERA, 1.421 WHIP, 5.7 K/9) – 3 G

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) – June 13th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (3-3, 5.13 ERA, 1.470 WHIP, 6.2 K/9) – 12 G, 3 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:10 EST

T. Koehler RHP (2017: 1-5, 7.92 ERA) vs. A. Cobb RHP (2017: 9-8, 3.80 ERA)

Tom Koehler (6’3, 235 lbs – Bronx, NY)

2017 season record: (1-5, 7.92 ERA, 1.725 WHIP, 7.1 K/9), ERA+ 53, FIP 6.89, SO/W 1.52

Opponents batting average against .302/.395/.545 – BABIP .319, 2017 bWAR -1.6

Last appearance – (5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – July 23rd vs Cinncinati

Career vs Tampa – (1-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.611 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) – 3 GS

Last appearance vs Rays – (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) – May 24, 2016 in Miami

2017 Road Record: (1-4, 7.52 ERA, 1.763 WHIP, 8.4 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Alex Cobb (6’3, 205 lbs – Boston, MA)

2017 season record: (9-8, 3.80 ERA, 1.218 WHIP, 5.9 K/9), ERA+ 110, FIP 4.30, SO/W 2.59

Opponents batting average against .253/.306/.413 – BABIP .277, 2017 bWAR 1.7

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

Career vs Toronto – (3-3, 3.56 ERA, 1.047 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) – 7 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) – May 7th in Tampa

2017 Home Record: (5-4, 2.49 ERA, 0.947 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.