Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Kansas City Royals (June 23-25)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays wrap up their seven game road trip with a three game set against the A.L. Central’s, Kansas City Royals.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (35-37) head back east from Texas to the mid-west town of Kansas City, where they will see the Royals (35-36) for three games this weekend. Toronto has not been great on the road at (16-20), but will be looking to improve that record. Kansas City (19-17) holds their own at Kauffman Stadium, and has been playing well of late.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.78 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 1.40 HR/9, 8.3 K/9, .271/.334/.455

KCR – (Starters) 4.12 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1.20 HR/9, 7.4 K/9, .259/.323/.416

TOR – (Relievers) 3.75 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 1.14 HR/9, 10.1 K/9, .222/.299/.379

KCR – (Relievers) 4.41 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 0.92 HR/9, 8.4 K/9, .258/.333/.398

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.31 – .246/.315/.417 – 216 XBH – 7.7 K/G

Kansas City – R/G 3.97 – .244/.299/.402 – 200 XBH – 7.6 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 8:15 EST

J. Happ LHP (2017: 2-4, 4.26 ERA) vs. J. Junis RHP (2017: 2-1, 5.56 ERA)

J.A. Happ (6’5, 205 – Peru, IL)

2017 season record: (2-4, 4.26 ERA, 1.211 WHIP, 10.4 K/9), ERA+ 107, FIP 4.10, SO/W 6.29

Opponents batting average against .252/.284/.465 – BABIP .301, 2017 bWAR 0.8

Last appearance – (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) – June 18th vs White Sox

Career vs Kansas City (2-2, 5.96 ERA, 1.368 WHIP, 6.4 K/9) – 4 GS

Last appearance vs Royals – (7.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – May 30, 2014 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (1-2, 3.93 ERA, 1.036 WHIP, 10.3 K/9) – 3 GS

 

 

Jake Junis (6’2, 225 lbs – Rock Falls, IL)

2017 season record: (2-1, 5.56 ERA, 1.721 WHIP, 7.5 K/9), ERA+ 82, FIP 6.75, SO/W 1.73

Opponents batting average against .304/.393/.554 – BABIP .324, 2017 bWAR -0.3

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) – June 17th in Anaheim

**Has Never Faced Toronto**

 

2017 Home Record: (0-0, 7.71 ERA, 3.000 WHIP, 1.9 K/9) – 2 G, 1 GS

 

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Game 2

First Pitch – 2:15 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-5, 4.98 ERA) vs. J. Vargas LHP (2017: 10-3, 2.27 ERA)

Marco Estrada (6’0, 200 – Sonora, MX)

2017 season record: (4-5, 4.98 ERA, 1.388 WHIP, 10.2 K/9), ERA+ 91, FIP 3.89, SO/W 4.00

Opponents batting average against .276/.324/.481 – BABIP .345, 2017 bWAR 1.0

Last appearance – (3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) – June 19th at Texas

Career vs Kansas City (1-1, 2.92 ERA, 1.054 WHIP, 3.6 K/9) – 2 GS

Last appearance vs Royals – (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) – July 30, 2015 in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (2-3, 4.98 ERA, 1.340 WHIP, 10.3 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Jason Vargas (6’0, 215 lbs – Apple Valley, CA)

2017 season record: (10-3, 2.27 ERA, 1.134 WHIP, 7.0 K/9), ERA+ 200, FIP 3.22, SO/W 3.40

Opponents batting average against .243/.289/.348 – BABIP .289, 2017 bWAR 3.6

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) – June 18th in Anaheim

Career vs Toronto – (2-3, 5.32 ERA, 1.489 WHIP, 6.1 K/9) –  8 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) – May 30, 2015 in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (5-1, 1.81 ERA, 1.052 WHIP, 7.3 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 2:15 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 3-3, 5.76 ERA) vs. J. Hammel RHP (2017: 4-6, 4.83 ERA)

Francisco Liriano (6’2, 225 – San Cristobal, DR)

2017 season record: (3-3, 5.76 ERA, 1.660 WHIP, 9.4 K/9), ERA+ 79, FIP 4.79, SO/W 1.73

Opponents batting average against .270/.370/.474 – BABIP .331, 2017 bWAR 0.0

Last appearance – (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) – June 20th at Texas

Career vs Kansas City (6-5, 4.45 ERA, 1.315 WHIP, 7.8 K/9) – 18 G, 15 GS

Last appearance vs Royals – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) – August 5, 2016 in Kansas City

2017 Road Record: (0-2, 8.53 ERA, 2.211 WHIP, 7.6 K/9) – 5 GS

 

 

Jason Hammel (6’6, 245 lbs – Berkeley, CA)

2017 season record: (4-6, 4.83 ERA, 1.430 WHIP, 6.8 K/9), ERA+ 94, FIP 4.43, SO/W 2.46

Opponents batting average against .279/.337/.419 – BABIP .311, 2017 bWAR 0.7

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) – June 19th vs Boston

Career vs Toronto – (4-2, 4.57 ERA, 1.319 WHIP, 5.9 K/9) – 15 G, 11 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) – September 25, 2013 in Baltimore

2017 Home Record: (3-3, 4.62 ERA, 1.263 WHIP, 6.2 K/9) – 9 GS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN

 

 

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