The Toronto Blue Jays head to the Brox for a 3-game weekend series, facing off against the American League East leading New York Yankees
It’s been a while since Jays From the Couch produced Series Preview, something I felt was very worthwhile for the reader. So, I’ve decided that I will give it a go and see if I can’t produce a consistent series with some interesting content.
The Blue Jays return to action on Friday, July 12th. Toronto embarks on a 10-game road trip. The trip kicks off with a 3-game set against the New York Yankees, followed by a 4-game set against the Boston Red Sox before finishing with a 3-game weekend series against the Detroit Tigers.
The Blue Jays are in 4th place in the American League East with a record of 34-57. Toronto is trailing the New York Yankees by 24.5 games, as the Yanks own a 57-31 record.
Toronto owns a record of 16-27 on the road and is 5-5 over their past 10 games.
NYY owns a 31-14 record at home and is 7-3 over their past 10 games.
Domingo German- 10-2, 3.67ERA. He has a 4.03FIP with a 1.09WHIP, 2.3BB/9, and 9.8K/9.
Previous Start- July 3rd, W 6.0IP, 5H, 1R, 0BB, 6K, 1HRA
Last time vs TOR- July 8th, 2018, ND 6.0IP, 4H, 1R, 2BB, 5K, 1HRA
Aaron Sanchez- 3-12, 6.16ERA. He has a 5.56FIP with a 1.75WHIP, 5.5BB/9, and 7.5K/9.
Previous Start- July 5th, L 5.0IP, 3H, 2R, 4BB, 5K, 1HRA
Last time vs NYY- June 24th, L 5.1IP, 9H, 7R, 3BB, 4K, 1HRA
J.A. Happ – 7-4, 5.02ERA over 17 starts. He has a 5.35FIP with a 1.27WHIP, 2.2BB/9, and 7.1K/9.
Previous Start- July 4th, ND 5.1IP, 3H, 1R, 3BB, 5K
Last time vs TOR- June 6th, W 7.0IP, 4H, 1R, 0BB, 4K, and 1HRA
Clayton Richard- 1-5, 6.23ERA over 9 starts. He has a 6.39FIP with a 1.59WHIP, 3.7BB/9, and 4.4K/9.
Previous start- July 6th, L 6IP, 7H, 6R, BB, 2K, 1HRA
Last time vs NYY- June 25th, L 6IP, 8H, 3R, BB, K, 3HRA
Tanaka- 5-5, 3.86ERA over 18 starts. He has a 4.24FIP with a 1.18WHIP, 2.1BB/9, and 7.7K/9.
Previous start- July 5th, ND 6.1IP, 6H, 4R, 2BB, 5K, and 2HRA
Last time vs TOR- June 4th, L 6.0IP, 6H, 4R, 2BB, 2K, and 2HRA
Marcus Stroman (last start as a Jay????)- 5-9, 3.18ERA in 18 starts. He has a 3.81FIP with a 1.26WHIP, 2.8BB/9, and 7.0K/9.
Previous Start- June 29th, ND 4.0IP, 4H, 3R, 2BB, 4K, and 1HRA (left with pec discomfort)
Last time vs NYY- August 17th, 2018, L 4.0IP, 6H, 5R, 2BB, 2K, 1HRA
The Blue Jays are 2nd last in batting average (.232), 26th in OBP (.300), 25th in OPS (.710), 26 in SB (27), and 14th in HR (128). The Blue Jays pitching rotation is near the bottom of every possible category while their bullpen is closer to the middle of the pack. Overall, Toronto pitching has the 21st ranked ERA (4.91ERA), allowing the 6th most HR (134). Toronto arms have issued the highest number of free passes in the league (340) while striking out just 743 (22nd). Opponents are batting .263 off the Blue Jays.
Last 30 Days
Freddy Galvis is batting .333 with a.967OPS. He has collected 6 doubles, a triple, and 6HR while driving in 19 runs and scoring 16.
Eric Sogard continues to produce at the plate with a .326 batting average and .909OPS. Sogard has 3 doubles, a triple, and 4HR while driving in 11RBI and scoring 16 runs.
Trent Thornton has the most strikeouts, 28K, most starters, 6, and most innings pitched, 30.0IP. Thornton has had his struggles, going 2-2 with a 5.10ERA but picked up the win in his last start (July 7th vs Baltimore) with 6 shutout innings, allowing 3H, 0BB, and 5K.
Marcus Stroman has a 2-1 record with a 2.74ERA in 4 starts. He’s struck out 18 batters while walking 4 and allowing 20 hits over 23 innings for a 1.04WHIP.
Daniel Hudson made 10 appearances with a 2-0 record and 0.73ERA. He held opponents to a .195 batting average limiting them to 8 hits over 12.1IP while walking 5 for a 1.05WHIP. Hudson also converted one save in 3 attempts.
Aaron Sanchez is 0-5 with a 13.05ERA in 5 starts. He’s allowed 6HR, walked 16, and struck out 16 while surrendering 34 hits over 20 innings for a 2.50WHIP.
Derek Law owns a 9.00ERA over 12 games, 10IP. He’s allowed 3HR, 13 hits, and 7 walks for a2.00WHIP
Randal Grichuk (back) and Marcus Stroman (pectoral) are considered day-to-day.
July 5th- LHP Thomas Pannone optioned
New York Yankees
The Yankees are tied with the Houston Astros for the 2nd most wins in the MLB. Their pitching owns the 9th best ERA (4.14) but they’ve struggled with surrendering too many home runs (22nd, 130HRA). At the plate, New York has scored the 3rd most runs (503), hit the 4th most HR (149), and are 5th with a .804OPS.
Last 30 Days
D.J. LeMahieu leads New York over this period, batting .374 with 37 hits, 7 doubles, 2 triples, and 5HR. He has scored 24 runs while driving in 22. LeMahieu owns a .421OBP and .636SLG in his last 22 games.
Gleyber Torres collected 25 hits, a double, and 5 HR in 21 games, batting .352. He has scored 21 runs, driven in 18 while walking 16 times and striking out 17 times.
Brett Gardner owns a .329 batting average, collecting 24 hits, two doubles, a triple, and 6HR in 24 games. Gardner scored 19 runs and driven in 18 while walking 12 times and striking out 15 with a 1.060OPS
Edwin Encarnacion is batting just .123 with a pair of doubles, and 4HR in 16 games.
Gary Sanchez is batting just .216 with 3 doubles and 5HR in 22 games. He’s struck out 28 times while walking just 8 times.
Chad Greene has gone 1-1 with a 0.82ERA in his last 8 appearances. He’s struck out 19 while walking 0 and allowing 12 hits for 1.09WHIP.
James Paxton is 2-2 with a 5.40ERA in his last 6 starts. He maintains a high K-rate with 32 but opponents are batting .339 off him and he holds a 1.83WHIP.
Aroldis Chapman has converted 6 of 7 saves, going 1-0 with a 3.00ERA in his last 10 appearances. He’s struck out 15 batters in 9 innings with 1.56WHIP.
July 8th- signed LHP Dan Jennings
July 7th- INF/OF Breyvic Valera recalled
July 6th- LHP Daniel Camarena recalled
This could be the last time we see Marcus Stroman pitching for the Blue Jays. A lot of trade rumors have linked Stroman to the Yankee. A good start against the Yankees could encourage them to pull the trigger before another team makes a better offer.
Will the home run derby negativity effect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The Bo Bichette watch is beginning to ramp up as we start the 2nd half.
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