Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox (Sep 4-6)

 

After a hard fought series in Baltimore, the Toronto Blue Jays move on to Fenway Park to take on the league leading, Boston Red Sox.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (63-74) head to Fenway after splitting a four-game series with the Orioles. The Red Sox (77-60) dropped three of four to New York. Toronto has a (28-40) road record this season, while Boston sits with a (40-25) record at Fenway Park this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.66 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 1.28 HR/9, 7.8 K/9, .273/.341/.450

BOS – (Starters) 4.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.26 HR/9, 9.4 K/9, .255/.310/.426

TOR – (Relievers) 4.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1.20 HR/9, 9.7 K/9, .245/.319/.413

BOS – (Relievers) 3.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 0.97 HR/9, 9.4 K/9, .230/.299/.368

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.23 – .240/.313/.410 – 413 XBH – 7.9 K/G

Boston – R/G 4.75 – .260/.333/.411 – 405 XBH – 7.4 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 6-10, 3.96 ERA) vs. R. Porcello RHP (2017: 9-15, 4.45 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (6-8, 3.96 ERA, 1.355 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), ERA+ 116, FIP 4.03, SO/W 2.89

Opponents batting average against .256/.312/.417 – BABIP .303, 2017 bWAR 2.5

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – August 30th vs Boston

Career vs Boston – (5-3, 3.50 ERA, 1.348 WHIP, 5.9 K/9) – 13 G, 14 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – August 30th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (3-4, 4.17 ERA, 1.222 WHIP, 9.2 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (9-15, 4.45 ERA, 1.381 WHIP, 8.2 K/9), ERA+ 102, FIP 4.41, SO/W 4.21

Opponents batting average against .287/.325/.452 – BABIP .327, 2017 bWAR 0.2

Last appearance – (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – August 30th vs Toronto

Career vs Toronto – (8-8, 4.50 ERA, 1.232 WHIP, 6.2 K/9) – 19 G, 18 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – August 30th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (6-9, 5.03 ERA, 1.479 WHIP, 8.6 K/9) – 16 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 7-8, 5.23 ERA) vs. E. Rodriguez LHP (2017: 4-5, 4.40 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (7-8, 5.23 ERA, 1.449 WHIP, 9.0 K/9), ERA+ 88, FIP 4.55, SO/W 2.48

Opponents batting average against .265/.322/.474 – BABIP .312, 2017 bWAR 1.5

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – August 31st vs Baltimore

Career vs Boston – (4-4, 3.53 ERA, 1.398 WHIP, 7.1 K/9) – 12 G, 10 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 3 K) – June 30th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (3-5, 5.58 ERA, 1.391 WHIP, 9.1 K/9) – 16 GS

 

 

Eduardo Rodriguez (6’2, 220 lbs – Valencia, VZ)

2017 season record: (4-5, 4.40 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, 9.6 K/9), ERA+ 104, FIP 4.08, SO/W 2.95

Opponents batting average against .244/.314/.438 – BABIP .300, 2017 bWAR 1.3

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – August 31st vs New York

Career vs Toronto – (1-3, 6.15 ERA, 1.426 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) – 7 G, 6 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) – July 17th in Boston

2017 Home Record: (1-1, 4.23 ERA, 1.478 WHIP, 10.5 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

J. Biagini RHP (2017: 3-9, 5.01 ERA) vs. D. Fister RHP (2017: 4-7, 4.19 ERA)

Joe Biagini (6’5, 240 lbs – Redwood City, CA)

2017 season record: (3-9, 5.01 ERA, 1.361 WHIP, 8.1 K/9), ERA+ 92, FIP 3.76, SO/W 2.64

Opponents batting average against .259/.321/.403 – BABIP .311, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) – September 1st vs Baltimore

Career vs Boston – (1-2, 5.40 ERA, 1.477 WHIP, 9.6 K/9) – 14 G, 1 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) – July 20th in Boston

2017 Road Record: (1-3, 4.53 ERA, 1.248 WHIP, 8.7 K/9) – 20 G, 6 GS

 

 

Doug Fister (6’8, 210 lbs – Merced, CA)

2017 season record: (4-7, 4.19 ERA, 1.305 WHIP, 7.6 K/9), ERA+ 109, FIP 4.22, SO/W 2.00

Opponents batting average against .240/.320/.374 – BABIP .278, 2017 bWAR 0.3

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – September 1st vs New York

Career vs Toronto – (2-3, 3.72 ERA, 1.190 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) – 9 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays – (4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) – July 20th in Boston

2017 Home Record: (2-5, 4.70 ERA, 1.539 WHIP, 8.0 K/9) – 7 G, 6 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.