Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox (Aug 28-30)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays play host to the American League East leading, Boston Red Sox, at home for the final time this season.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (61-69) are coming home after dropping a series in Tampa. The Red Sox (73-57) recently dropped four straight, including being swept by Baltimore. Toronto has a (35-31) home record this season, while Boston sits with a (33-32) record away from Fenway Park this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.75 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 1.28 HR/9, 7.8 K/9, .272/.343/.450

BOS – (Starters) 4.03 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 1.26 HR/9, 9.4 K/9, .254/.309/.425

TOR – (Relievers) 4.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.18 HR/9, 9.8 K/9, .241/.316/.407

BOS – (Relievers) 3.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 0.98 HR/9, 9.4 K/9, .233/.302/.372

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.26 – .242/.315/.413 – 388 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Boston – R/G 4.80 – .261/.334/.411 – 386 XBH – 7.4 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 11-6, 3.17 ERA) vs. D. Pomeranz LHP (2017: 13-4, 3.18 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (11-6, 3.17 ERA, 1.312 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 144, FIP 3.87, SO/W 2.65

Opponents batting average against .264/.325/.388 – BABIP .312, 2017 bWAR 4.9

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – August 23rd vs Tampa Bay

Career vs Boston – (4-2, 4.47 ERA, 1.420 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 9 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) – July 17th in Boston

2017 Home Record: (5-4, 2.63 ERA, 1.226 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 13 GS

 

 

Drew Pomeranz (6’6, 240 lbs – Collierville, TN)

2017 season record: (13-4, 3.18 ERA, 1.338 WHIP, 9.6 K/9), ERA+ 143, FIP 3.62, SO/W 2.79

Opponents batting average against .251/.319/.386 – BABIP .317, 2017 bWAR 3.2

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K) – August 23rd vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (2-1, 2.11 ERA, 1.266 WHIP, 7.2 K/9) – 6 G, 4 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) – July 19th in Boston

2017 Road Record: (6-2, 3.09 ERA, 1.388 WHIP, 8.9 K/9) – 12 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

B. Anderson LHP (2017: 2-2, 8.18 ERA) vs. C. Sale LHP (2017: 14-6, 2.88 ERA)

Brett Anderson (6’3, 230 lbs – Midland, TX)

2017 season record: (2-2, 8.18 ERA, 2.091 WHIP, 6.5 K/9), ERA+ 53, FIP 4.49, SO/W 1.33

Opponents batting average against .347/.414/.571 – BABIP .395, 2017 bWAR -0.8

Last appearance (AAA) – (5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – August 24th vs Pawtucket

Career vs Boston – (5-3, 3.50 ERA, 1.241 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) – 9 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – April 24, 2013 in Boston

2017 Home Record: (1-2, 15.68 ERA, 2.806 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

Chris Sale (6’6, 180 lbs – Lakeland, FL)

2017 season record: (14-6, 2.88 ERA, 0.931 WHIP, 12.8 K/9), ERA+ 158, FIP 2.07, SO/W 7.23

Opponents batting average against .200/.245/.322 – BABIP .296, 2017 bWAR 5.1

Last appearance – (3.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – August 24th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (5-2, 1.68 ERA, 0.881 WHIP, 9.3 K/9) – 10 G, 7 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) – July 1st in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (8-4, 2.76 ERA, 0.947 WHIP, 13.5 K/9) – 15 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

J.Happ LHP (2017: 6-10, 4.10 ERA) vs. R. Porcello RHP (2017: 8-15, 4.57 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (6-10, 4.10 ERA, 1.356 WHIP, 9.0 K/9), ERA+ 111, FIP 3.88, SO/W 3.18

Opponents batting average against .259/.311/.418 – BABIP .310, 2017 bWAR 2.2

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) – August 25th vs Minnesota

Career vs Boston – (5-3, 3.66 ERA, 1.349 WHIP, 6.1 K/9) – 14 G, 13 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) – July 18th in Boston

2017 Home Record: (3-6, 4.02 ERA, 1.491 WHIP, 8.9 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Rick Porcello (6’5, 205 lbs – Morristown, NJ)

2017 season record: (8-15, 4.57 ERA, 1.382 WHIP, 8.1 K/9), ERA+ 100, FIP 4.43, SO/W 4.25

Opponents batting average against .287/.324/.494 – BABIP .326, 2017 bWAR -0.1

Last appearance – (4.2 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – August 25th vs Baltimore

Career vs Toronto – (7-8, 4.70 ERA, 1.234 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) – 18 G, 17 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – April 19th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-6, 3.96 ERA, 1.266 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) – 11 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.