Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals (Sep 19-21)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays open up their final homestand of the 2017 season with a three game set against the, Kansas City Royals

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (70-80) get ready to play their final six home game of the season. The Royals (73-76) sit five games back in the wild card chase. Toronto has a (39-36) home record this season, while Kansas City sits with a (34-40) record away from Kauffman Stadium this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.55 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 1.29 HR/9, 7.7 K/9, .270/.337/.446

KCR – (Starters) 4.85 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 1.40 HR/9, 7.4 K/9, .273/.331/.457

TOR – (Relievers) 4.22 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.15 HR/9, 9.5 K/9, .241/.314/.404

KCR – (Relievers) 4.29 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 0.97 HR/9, 8.0 K/9, .254/.332/.402

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.26 – .242/.315/.413 – 461 XBH – 8.1 K/G

Kansas City – R/G 4.34 – .259/.312/.420 – 439 XBH – 7.2 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 11-8, 3.08 ERA) vs. I. Kennedy RHP (2017: 4-11, 5.45 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (11-8, 3.08 ERA, 1.307 WHIP, 7.6 K/9), ERA+ 150, FIP 3.81, SO/W 2.82

Opponents batting average against .265/.322/.392 – BABIP .315, 2017 bWAR 5.5

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) – September 13th vs Baltimore

Career vs Kansas City – (2-1, 2.84 ERA, 0.947 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) – 3 GS

Last appearance vs Royals – (5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – August 7, 2016 in Kansas City

2017 Home Record: (5-6, 2.60 ERA, 1.235 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) – 16 GS

 

 

Ian Kennedy (6’0, 200 lbs – Huntington Beach, CA)

2017 season record: (4-11, 5.45 ERA, 1.349 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 83, FIP 5.67, SO/W 1.98

Opponents batting average against .247/.324/.482 – BABIP .258, 2017 bWAR 0.4

Last appearance – (3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) – September 8th vs Minnesota

Career vs Toronto – (0-0, 2.08 ERA, 0.769 WHIP, 11.8 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) – July 6, 2016 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (4-3, 4.21 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 13 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

B. Anderson LHP (2017: 3-3, 5.73 ERA) vs. J. Junis RHP (2017: 7-2, 4.15 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (3-3, 5.73 ERA, 1.659 WHIP, 6.3 K/9), ERA+ 79, FIP 4.32, SO/W 1.94

Opponents batting average against .315/.367/.519 – BABIP .354, 2017 bWAR 0.0

Last appearance – (4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) – September 14th vs Minnesota

Career vs Kansas City – (2-0, 3.46 ERA, 0.846 WHIP, 6.2 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Royals – (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – August 4, 2010 in Oakland

2017 Home Record: (2-3, 8.59 ERA, 1.818 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

Jakob Junis (6’2, 225 lbs – Sterling, IL)

2017 season record: (7-2, 4.15 ERA, 1.320 WHIP, 7.6 K/9), ERA+ 109, FIP 4.45, SO/W 3.40

Opponents batting average against .275/.332/.441 – BABIP .315, 2017 bWAR 1.3

Last appearance – (5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) – September 14th vs Kansas City

Career vs Toronto – (0-0, 2.84 ERA, 1.263 WHIP, 5.7 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – June 23rd in Kansas City

2017 Road Record: (5-2, 4.75 ERA, 1.296 WHIP, 6.7 K/9) – 9 G, 7 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 9-10, 3.76 ERA) vs. J. Vargas LHP (2017: 16-10, 4.19 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (9-10, 3.76 ERA, 1.352 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), ERA+ 123, FIP 4.01, SO/W 2.89

Opponents batting average against .255/.311/.410 – BABIP .302, 2017 bWAR 2.9

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) – September 15th vs Minnesota

Career vs Kansas City – (2-2, 4.91 ERA, 1.193 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) – 5 GS

Last appearance vs Royals – (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) – June 23rd in Kansas City

2017 Home Record: (4-6, 3.56 ERA, 1.447 WHIP, 8.8 K/9) – 12 GS

 

 

Jason Vargas (6’3, 215 lbs – Apple Valley, CA)

2017 season record: (16-10, 4.19 ERA, 1.335 WHIP, 6.6 K/9), ERA+ 108, FIP 4.69, SO/W 2.40

Opponents batting average against .267/.324/.450 – BABIP .292, 2017 bWAR 3.4

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) – September 15th vs Cleveland

Career vs Toronto – (3-3, 4.96 ERA, 1.443 WHIP, 5.6 K/9) – 9 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) – June 23rd in Kansas City

2017 Road Record: (8-5, 4.70 ERA, 1.370 WHIP, 6.8 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.