Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Minnesota Twins (Aug 25-27)

 

After a one-and-five road trip the Toronto Blue Jays head back to Toronto to take on the, Minnesota Twins.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (60-67) are coming home after dropping a series in Tampa. The Twins (65-62) recently dropped three of five to the White Sox. Toronto has a (34-29) home record this season, while Minnesota sits with a (34-27) record away from Target Field this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.69 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 1.28 HR/9, 7.8 K/9, .271/.342/.447

MIN – (Starters) 4.78 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 1.51 HR/9, 7.0 K/9, .268/.336/.461

TOR – (Relievers) 4.30 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.15 HR/9, 9.7 K/9, .239/.316/.403

MIN – (Relievers) 4.56 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 1.37 HR/9, 7.5 K/9, .265/.327/.438

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.25 – .241/.315/.412 – 381 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Minnesota – R/G 4.76 – .255/.331/.419 – 386 XBH – 8.3 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 6-9, 3.90 ERA) vs. B. Colon RHP (2017: 5-10, 6.66 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (6-9, 3.90 ERA, 1.348 WHIP, 8.9 K/9), ERA+ 117, FIP 4.04, SO/W 3.06

Opponents batting average against .254/.309/.413 – BABIP .303, 2017 bWAR 2.2

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) – August 18th vs Chicago Cubs

Career vs Minnesota – (1-3, 5.66 ERA, 1.790 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) – 5 G, 4 GS

Last appearance vs Twins – (7.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) – May 21, 2016 in Minnesota

2017 Home Record: (3-5, 3.59 ERA, 1.490 WHIP, 8.7 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Bartolo Colon (5’10, 285 lbs – Altamira, DR)

2017 season record: (5-10, 6.66 ERA, 1.642 WHIP, 5.7 K/9), ERA+ 65, FIP 5.31, SO/W 2.31

Opponents batting average against .325/.366/.562 – BABIP .344, 2017 bWAR -2.0

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – August 20th vs Arizona

Career vs Toronto – (11-6, 4.23 ERA, 1.356 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) – 27 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) – May 15th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-5, 6.44 ERA, 1.657 WHIP, 5.2 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 5-8, 5.07 ERA) vs. D. Gee RHP (2017: 1-0, 2.84 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (5-8, 5.07 ERA, 1.442 WHIP, 9.1 K/9), ERA+ 90, FIP 4.46, SO/W 2.41

Opponents batting average against .261/.332/.469 – BABIP .310, 2017 bWAR 1.7

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – August 20th vs Chicago Cubs

Career vs Minnesota – (1-2, 4.23 ERA, 1.070 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 8 G, 6 GS

Last appearance vs Twins – (8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) – May 19, 2016 in Minnesota

2017 Home Record: (3-3, 4.76 ERA, 1.585 WHIP, 8.9 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

Dillon Gee (6’1, 205 lbs – Cleburne, TX)

2017 season record: (1-0, 2.84 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 162, FIP 4.59, SO/W 3.25

Opponents batting average against .252/.313/.437 – BABIP .281, 2017 bWAR 0.6

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) – August 21st vs Cinncinati

Career vs Toronto – (1-0, 4.26 ERA, 1.342 WHIP, 5.7 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – August 5, 2016 vs Kansas City

2017 Road Record: (1-0, 4.50 ERA, 0.917 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) – 3 G, 1 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

J. Biagini RHP (2017: 3-8, 5.11 ERA) vs. K. Gibson RHP (2017: 7-10, 5.76 ERA)

Joe Biagini (6’4, 240 lbs – Redwood City, CA)

2017 season record: (3-8, 5.11 ERA, 1.320 WHIP, 8.6 K/9), ERA+ 90, FIP 3.87, SO/W 2.52

Opponents batting average against .253/.315/.396 – BABIP .298, 2017 bWAR 0.2

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) – August 22nd vs Pawtucket (AAA)

Career vs Minnesota – (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 2 G

Last appearance vs Twins – (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) – August 26, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (2-5, 4.95 ERA, 1.328 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 6 G, 2 GS

 

 

Kyle Gibson (6’6, 215 lbs – Greenfield, IN)

2017 season record: (7-10, 5.76 ERA, 1.677 WHIP, 6.5 K/9), ERA+ 77, FIP 5.15, SO/W 1.63

Opponents batting average against .305/.376/.493 – BABIP .338, 2017 bWAR -0.5

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – August 22nd vs Chicago White Sox

Career vs Toronto – (1-1, 4.94 ERA, 1.690 WHIP, 4.6 K/9) – 4 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) – August 28, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (4-3, 4.83 ERA, 1.481 WHIP, 6.8 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.