Jays From the Couch gets you set for an end of season battle between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays
The MLB regular season is coming to a close. The Blue Jays come home for the final six games of 2019.
They host the Baltimore Orioles for the first three games of the homestand. Both teams were eliminated from playoff contention some time ago. Toronto sits fourth in the AL East division and Baltimore is fifth.
It has been a tough season for Jays fans but looking at the Orioles is a reminder that it could definitely be worse. The Jays swept the three game series in Baltimore last week.
Bo Bichette hasn’t played since being hit by a pitch on the batting helmet on September 19 in Baltimore. He is recovering from concussion symptoms and there is no timetable for his return.
Veteran pitcher Clay Buchholz has recently been credited with giving helpful advice to rookie pitchers Trent Thornton and TJ Zeuch. When his playing days are done, the Blue Jays might want to consider keeping him with the organization as a coach.
Monday September 23, 7:07 pm
RHP Shepherd (BAL) vs RHP Buchholz (TOR)
Record 0-0. 4.91 era. 5.04 FIP. 1.455 WHIP. 3.3 BB/9. 7.4 K/9.
26 year old Shepherd made his MLB debut with the Orioles on August 13 vs the New York Yankees. September 23 will mark his fourth MLB outing. His 4.91 era is 11th best of the 38 pitchers Baltimore has used this season.
Shepherd’s last outing was on September 17 vs the Blue Jays. He pitched 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts, including home runs to Randal Grichuk and Cavan Biggio, who went on to hit for the cycle.
Record 1-5. 6.48 era. 5.12 FIP. 1.480 WHIP. 2.2 BB/9. 5.2 K/9.
Buchholz has had an up and down season with the Jays in 2019. He started his season on April 13 giving up only a run in six innings pitched. He didn’t do as well in each of his four starts after that. On May 5 he gave up 7 runs in only 4 innings and ended up on the IL shortly thereafter.
He staying on the IL until August 25 and has made 5 starts since being activated. Again, he started well in his return but has done progressively worse since. Earned runs given up have been 2, 2, 3, 4 and 7. The 34 year old, 13 year veteran has certainly seen better days in an MLB uniform.
His last outing on September 18 was one of his worst this season. He lasted 3.2 innings, giving up 7 runs on 10 hits, with no walks and 4 strikeouts. Hopefully for Buchholz and the Jays, he will improve on those numbers this time out.
Tuesday September 24, 7:07 pm
RHP Bundy (BAL) vs LHP Kay (TOR)
Record 6-14. 4.89 era. 4.76 FIP. 1.384 WHIP. 3.3 BB/9. 9.1 K/9.
26 year old Bundy is having his second sub-par season in a row for the Orioles. Prior to 2018, he had two decent seasons in 2016 and 2017, with a combined record of 23-15 and era of 4.02 and 4.24 respectively.
Bundy fared pretty well in his last outing which was against the Jays on September 18. He pitched 5 innings, giving up only a run on 5 hits. He did walk 5 against 8 strikeouts. He left with a 7-1 lead, only to see the Os bullpen collapse after him and the visiting Jays win 11-10. He will hope for better luck in this outing.
Record 1-0. 5.79 era. 2.65 FIP. 1.429 WHIP. 3.2 BB/9. 8.4 K/9
Don’t be fooled by Kay’s high era with the Blue Jays. He has pitched quite well and has been the victim of some sub par defence behind him, as fans can see by his very good 2.65 FIP.
Kay pitched well in his last outing, on September 19 vs these same Orioles. He came in after Wilmer Font opened, pitching 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts, and earning his first MLB victory. He will look to continue his solid beginning in MLB while hoping for a spot in the Jays 2020 rotation.
Wednesday September 25, 7:07 pm
RHP Ynoa (BAL) vs RHP Waguespack (TOR)
Record 1-9. 5.65 era. 6.11 FIP. 1.369 WHIP. 2.0 BB/9. 5.2 K/9.
26 year old Ynoa was fairly promising for the Orioles in 2017, going 2-3 with a 4.15 era in 34.2 innings pitched.
Ynoa missed the entire 2018 season with a right shin stress reaction. Unfortunately he has yet to regain the form he showed in 2017 for the Os.
His last outing was September 19 vs the Jays. He did reasonably well, lasting 6.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits with no walks and a single strikeout. He will look to build on that outing.
Record 4-5. 4.75 era. 5.11 FIP. 1.361 WHIP. 3.4 BB/9. 7.3 K/9
Waguespack has had an up and down rookie season in 2019. He joined the rotation in mid-July out of necessity, in a season that has seen the Jays use 21 different pitchers to start games.
Back on August 22 against the NL leading Dodgers, he pitched 7 innings of no run, one hit ball. Unfortunately in 15 innings over his next 4 starts, he gave up 14 earned runs.
His last game was on September 20 agains the AL East champion New York Yankees, who can score runs in bunches. He pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts, in Toronto’s only victory in that series.
Prediction: The Jays haven’t been able to say this about many matchups in 2019 but in this series they are clearly the better team. Toronto will win the series, their final series win of 2019, 2 games to 1.
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