Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Milwaukee Brewers (May 23-24)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays head to Miller Park in Milwaukee to take on the National League Central leading Brewers for a two-game series.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (19-26) head to Milwaukee for the first time since 2014 to take on the Brewers (25-19) for a quick two-game mid-week series. Toronto currently sits with a (9-15) road record, while Milwaukee has a (12-11) record at Miller Park.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.29 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 1.22 HR/9, 8.2 K/9, .264/.333/.432

MIL – (Starters) 4.58 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 1.29 HR/9, 7.4 K/9, .280/.341/.484

TOR – (Relievers) 4.14 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1.10 HR/9, 9.5 K/9, .240/.324/.391

MIL – (Relievers) 3.79 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 0.87 HR/9, 8.6 K/9, .260/.353/.414

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.13 – .238/.304/.392 – 128 XBH – 8.0 K/G

Milwaukee – R/G 5.29 – .260/.330/.462 – 163 XBH – 9.2 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:40 EST

J. Biagini RHP (2017: 1-2, 3.41 ERA) vs. J. Nelson RHP (2017: 2-2, 3.86 ERA)

Joe Biagini (6’4, 240 – Redwood City, CA)

2017 season record: (1-2, 3.41 ERA, 0.916 WHIP, 7.7 K/9), ERA+ 124, FIP 2.82, SO/W 5.40

Opponents batting average against .207/.252/.293 – BABIP .253

Last appearance – (4.0 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) – May 17th at Atlanta

Career vs Milwaukee – (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 18.0 K/9) – 1 G, 1 IP

Last appearance vs Milwaukee – (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) – April 11th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (0-2, 6.00 ERA, 1.222 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) – 9 G, 2 GS

 

 

Jimmy Nelson (6’6, 250 – Klamath Falls, OR)

2017 season record: (2-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.353 WHIP, 8.3 K/9), ERA+ 116, FIP 3.74, SO/W 2.73

Opponents batting average against .265/.326/.424 – BABIP .320

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – May 16th at San Diego

Career vs Toronto – (0-1, 6.35 ERA, 1.941 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) –  1 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) – August 20th, 2014 in Milwaukee

2017 Home Record: (0-2, 3.52 ERA, 1.609 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 1:10 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 4-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. M. Garza RHP (2017: 2-0, 2.43 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (4-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.386 WHIP, 7.3 K/9), ERA+ 141, FIP 3.18, SO/W 3.07

Opponents batting average against .291/.339/.391 – BABIP .353

Last appearance – (5.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) – May 18th at Atlanta

Career vs Milwaukee – (0-1, 2.00 ERA, 0.889 WHIP, 4.0 K/9) – 1 GS

Last appearance vs Milwaukee – (9.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) – April 12th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (3-0, 2.63 ERA, 1.375 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) – 4 GS

 

 

Matt Garza (6’4, 220 lbs – Selma, CA)

2017 season record: (2-0, 2.43 ERA, 1.112 WHIP, 6.7 K/9), ERA+ 186, FIP 3.48, SO/W 3.67

Opponents batting average against .243/.282/.414 – BABIP .279

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) – May 17th in San Diego

Career vs Toronto – (6-6, 2.14 ERA, 1.189 WHIP, 7.0 K/9) – 13 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) – April 23rd, 2010 in Tampa

2017 Home Record: (2-0, 3.24 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 8.1 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

 

 

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN

 

 

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