Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Minnesota Twins (Sep 14-17)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays hit the road for a four-game series in Minnesota to face the wild card hopeful, Twins.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (68-78) hit the road for four games after taking two of three from the Orioles at home this week. The Twins (76-69) are still holding on the the second wild card spot. Toronto has a (29-42) home record this season, while Minnesota sits with a (37-37) record at Target Field this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.54 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 1.27 HR/9, 7.8 K/9, .270/.337/.445

MIN – (Starters) 4.76 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 1.47 HR/9, 7.0 K/9, .271/.335/.460

TOR – (Relievers) 4.22 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.14 HR/9, 9.6 K/9, .241/.327/.403

MIN – (Relievers) 4.55 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 1.31 HR/9, 7.6 K/9, .264/.314/.432

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.24 – .242/.314/.412 – 445 XBH – 8.1 K/G

Minnesota – R/G 5.01 – .259/.335/.435 – 468 XBH – 8.2 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 8:10 EST

B. Anderson LHP (2017: 3-3, 5.90 ERA) vs. J. Berrios RHP (2017: 12-7, 3.94 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (3-3, 5.90 ERA, 1.613 WHIP, 6.1 K/9), ERA+ 77, FIP 4.34, SO/W 2.25

Opponents batting average against .317/.360/.537 – BABIP .351, 2017 bWAR -0.1

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) – September 9th vs Detroit

Career vs Minnesota – (3-3, 3.80 ERA, 1.195 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) – 8 G, 6 GS

Last appearance vs Twins – (5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) – July 13, 2014 in Colorado

2017 Road Record: (1-0, 2.55 ERA, 1.358 WHIP, 5.1 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Jose Berrios (6’0, 185 lbs – Bayamon, PR)

2017 season record: (12-7, 3.94 ERA, 1.166 WHIP, 8.5 K/9), ERA+ 113, FIP 3.93, SO/W 3.24

Opponents batting average against .235/.305/.385 – BABIP .281, 2017 bWAR 1.6

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) – September 9th vs Kansas City

*** Has Never Faced the Toronto Blue Jays ***

2017 Home Record: (8-1, 2.54 ERA, 0.878 WHIP, 9.4 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 8:10 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 8-10, 3.73 ERA) vs. B. Colon RHP (2017: 6-12, 6.41 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (8-10, 3.73 ERA, 1.356 WHIP, 8.8 K/9), ERA+ 124, FIP 4.00, SO/W 2.84

Opponents batting average against .254/.311/.410 – BABIP .302, 2017 bWAR 2.7

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) – September 10th vs Detroit

Career vs Minnesota – (1-4, 6.08 ERA, 1.725 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) – 6 G, 5 GS

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

2017 Road Record: (4-4, 3.92 ERA, 1.257 WHIP, 8.7 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Bartolo Colon (5’11, 285 lbs – Altamira, DR)

2017 season record: (6-12, 6.41 ERA, 1.623 WHIP, 5.7 K/9), ERA+ 69, FIP 5.01, SO/W 2.58

Opponents batting average against .325/.361/.545 – BABIP .346, 2017 bWAR -1.9

Last appearance – (1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) – September 10th vs Kansas City

Career vs Toronto – (12-6, 4.12 ERA, 1.362 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 28 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) – August 25th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (3-5, 6.67 ERA, 1.630 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) – 10 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 8-8, 4.96 ERA) vs. A. Mejia LHP (2017: 4-5, 4.47 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (8-8, 4.96 ERA, 1.405 WHIP, 8.9 K/9), ERA+ 93, FIP 4.47, SO/W 2.52

Opponents batting average against .259/.326/.462 – BABIP .304, 2017 bWAR 2.0

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) – September 11th vs Baltimore

Career vs Minnesota – (2-2, 4.26 ERA, 1.060 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 9 G, 7 GS

Last appearance vs Twins – (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – August 26th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (3-5, 5.18 ERA, 1.354 WHIP, 8.7 K/9) – 17 GS

 

 

Adalberto Mejia (6’3, 195 lbs – Bonao, DR)

2017 season record: (4-5, 4.47 ERA, 1.569 WHIP, 7.7 K/9), ERA+ 100, FIP 4.77, SO/W 1.85

Opponents batting average against .279/.358/.465 – BABIP .322, 2017 bWAR 0.8

Last appearance – (3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – August 8th vs Milwaukee

*** Has Never Faced the Toronto Blue Jays ***

2017 Home Record: (2-4, 5.40 ERA, 1.663 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) – 12 GS

 

 

Game 4

First Pitch – 2:10 EST

J. Biagini RHP (2017: 3-10, 5.07 ERA) vs. K. Gibson RHP (2017: 10-10, 4.97 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (3-10, 5.07 ERA, 1.357 WHIP, 7.6 K/9), ERA+ 91, FIP 3.96, SO/W 2.53

Opponents batting average against .259/.319/.409 – BABIP .304, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) – September 12th vs Baltimore

Career vs Minnesota – (0-1, 9.53 ERA, 2.647 WHIP, 9.5 K/9) – 3 G, 1 GS

Last appearance vs Twins – (3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) – August 27th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (1-4, 5.09 ERA, 1.340 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) – 21 G, 7 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (10-10, 4.97 ERA, 1.557 WHIP, 6.4 K/9), ERA+ 89, FIP 4.70, SO/W 1.91

Opponents batting average against .297/.361/.462 – BABIP .333, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) – September 12th vs San Diego

Career vs Toronto – (2-1, 4.45 ERA, 1.582 WHIP, 5.6 K/9) – 5 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) – August 27th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (5-7, 5.50 ERA, 1.670 WHIP, 6.5 K/9) – 14 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.