Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox (Sep 25-27)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays head to Fenway Park for their penultimate series of the season to face the division leading, Boston Red Sox.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (73-83) hit the road for the final time this season, heading to Boston and New York. The Red Sox (91-64) have won six straight, and currently lead the American League East by five games. Toronto has a (31-44) road record this season, while Boston sits with a (46-28) record at Fenway Park this season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.55 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 1.27 HR/9, 7.6 K/9, .269/.337/.444

BOS – (Starters) 3.95 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.24 HR/9, 9.5 K/9, .253/.310/.423

TOR – (Relievers) 4.25 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 1.21 HR/9, 9.5 K/9, .242/.314/.409

BOS – (Relievers) 3.02 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 0.96 HR/9, 9.8 K/9, .225/.292/.357

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.28 – .240/.313/.411 – 477 XBH – 8.1 K/G

Boston – R/G 4.86 – .258/.331/.407 – 467 XBH – 7.5 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

B. Anderson LHP (2017: 3-4, 7.15 ERA) vs. D. Pomeranz LHP (2017: 16-5, 3.15 ERA)

Brett Anderson (6’3, 235 lbs – Midland, TX)

2017 season record: (3-4, 7.15 ERA, 1.809 WHIP, 6.4 K/9), ERA+ 64, FIP 4.37, SO/W 1.78

Opponents batting average against .335/.387/.539 – BABIP .376, 2017 bWAR -0.8

Last appearance – (1.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) – September 20th vs Kansas City

Career vs Boston – (5-4, 3.32 ERA, 1.223 WHIP, 7.5 K/9) – 10 GS

Last appearance vs Boston – (5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) – August 29th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (5-, 4.65 ERA, 1.478 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 13 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (16-5, 3.15 ERA, 1.340 WHIP, 9.3 K/9), ERA+ 143, FIP 3.77, SO/W 2.59

Opponents batting average against .248/.321/.384 – BABIP .310, 2017 bWAR 3.9

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – September 19th vs Baltimore

Career vs Toronto – (3-1, 2.63 ERA, 1.427 WHIP, 6.9 K/9) – 7 G, 5 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) – August 28th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (9-2, 3.11 ERA, 1.247 WHIP, 10.1 K/9) – 15 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 9-11, 3.64 ERA) vs. C. Sale LHP (2017: 17.7, 2.75 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 lbs – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (9-11, 3.64 ERA, 1.352 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), ERA+ 126, FIP 3.92, SO/W 2.89

Opponents batting average against .256/.312/.404 – BABIP .305, 2017 bWAR 3.3

Last appearance – (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – September 21st vs Kansas City

Career vs Boston – (6-3, 3.38 ERA, 1.364 WHIP, 5.8 K/9) – 16 G, 15 GS

Last appearance vs Boston – (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – September 4th in Boston

2017 Road Record: (5-4, 3.95 ERA, 1.258 WHIP, 8.6 K/9) – 11 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (17-7, 2.75 ERA, 0.946 WHIP, 12.9 K/9), ERA+ 164, FIP 2.22, SO/W 2.32

Opponents batting average against .203/.249/.332 – BABIP .300, 2017 bWAR 6.3

Last appearance – (8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K) – September 20th vs Baltimore

Career vs Toronto – (6-2, 1.50 ERA, 0.833 WHIP, 9.8 K/9) – 11 G, 8 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) – August 29th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (7-2, 2.81 ERA, 0.936 WHIP, 11.8 K/9) – 12 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 7:10 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 10-8, 4.70 ERA) vs. R. Porcello RHP (2017: 10-17, 4.55 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (10-8, 4.70 ERA, 1.345 WHIP, 8.5 K/9), ERA+ 98, FIP 4.56, SO/W 2.49

Opponents batting average against .249/.316/.454 – BABIP .287, 2017 bWAR 2.9

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) – September 22nd vs New York

Career vs Boston – (4-4, 3.15 ERA, 1.340 WHIP, 6.7 K/9) – 13 G, 11 GS

Last appearance vs Boston – (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – September 5th in Boston

2017 Road Record: (4-5, 4.96 ERA, 1.290 WHIP, 8.4 K/9) – 18 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (10-17, 4.55 ERA, 1.391 WHIP, 7.9 K/9), ERA+ 99, FIP 4.56, SO/W 3.76

Opponents batting average against .286/.327/.493 – BABIP .323, 2017 bWAR -0.2

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) – September 22nd vs Cinncinati

Career vs Toronto – (8-9, 4.83 ERA, 1.270 WHIP, 6.1 K/9) – 20 G, 19 GS

Last appearance vs Blue Jays- (5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – September 4th in Boston

2017 Home Record: (6-11, 5.30 ERA, 1.514 WHIP, 8.3 K/9) – 18 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.