Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox (June 30-July 2)

 

After dropping two of three to the Orioles the Toronto Blue Jays welcome another divisional rival to town in the Boston Red Sox.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (37-41) are looking to bounce back after a lackluster first three games of the current home-stand . They will play host to Boston (44-35) over the Canadian long-weekend in hopes of getting closer to the .500 mark that has eluded them all season. Toronto has a 20-19 home record this season, while the Red Sox (19-21) have not played their best baseball away from Fenway.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 4.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 1.31 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, .267/.329/.446

BOS – (Starters) 4.37 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1.39 HR/9, 9.4 K/9, .266/.313/.451

TOR – (Relievers) 3.69 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 1.09 HR/9, 10.1 K/9, .221/.296/.375

BOS – (Relievers) 2.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 0.79 HR/9, 9.2 K/9, .230/.296/.351

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 4.22 – .245/.315/.414 – 230 XBH – 7.7 K/G

Boston – R/G 4.68 – .266/.336/.417 – 237 XBH – 6.9 K/G

 

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Estrada RHP (2017: 4-6, 4.89 ERA) vs. D. Fister RHP (2017: 0-1, 4.50 ERA)

Marco Estrada (6’0, 200 – Sonora, MX)

2017 season record: (4-6, 4.89 ERA, 1.380 WHIP, 10.0 K/9), ERA+ 92, FIP 3.99, SO/W 3.64

Opponents batting average against .270/.322/.481 – BABIP .335, 2017 bWAR 1.1

Last appearance – (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) – June 24th vs Kansas City

Career vs Boston (4-4, 3.48 ERA, 1.344 WHIP, 7.1 K/9) – 12 G, 9 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) – April 20th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (2-2, 4.97 ERA, 1.447 WHIP, 9.9 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

Doug Fister (6’8, 210 lbs – Merced, CA)

2017 season record: (0-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.667 WHIP, 9.0 K/9), ERA+ 107, FIP 2.64, SO/W 2.00

Opponents batting average against .318/.400/.364 – BABIP .438, 2017 bWAR 0.1

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) – June 25th vs Anaheim

Career vs Toronto – (2-2, 3.51 ERA, 1.068 WHIP, 7.4 K/9) – 7 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) – August 1, 2016 in Houston

2016 Road Record: (9-6, 4.61 ERA, 1.431 WHIP, 6.3 K/9) – 16 GS

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 4-3, 5.46 ERA) vs. C. Sale LHP (2017: 10-3, 2.77 ERA)

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

2017 season record: (4-3, 5.46 ERA, 1.607 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), ERA+ 82, FIP 4.84, SO/W 1.74

Opponents batting average against .29/.362/.475 – BABIP .321, 2017 bWAR 0.2

Last appearance – (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) – June 25th in Kansas City

Career vs Boston (3-3, 5.11 ERA, 1.541 WHIP, 9.5 K/9) – 7 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) – April 19th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (3-1, 4.06 ERA, 1.323 WHIP, 10.5 K/9) – 6 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (10-3, 2.77 ERA, 0.906 WHIP, 12.3 K/9), ERA+ 165, FIP 2.05, SO/W 7.38

Opponents batting average against .200/.240/.314 – BABIP .291, 2017 bWAR 3.6

Last appearance – (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) – June 26th vs Minnesota

Career vs Toronto – (4-2, 1.90 ERA, 0.906 WHIP, 8.7 K/9) –  9 G, 6 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K) – April 20th in Toronto

2017 Road Record: (4-2, 3.21 ERA, 0.964 WHIP, 13.0 K/9) – 8 GS

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

J. Biagini RHP (2017: 2-7, 4.50 ERA) vs. D. Pomeranz LHP (2017: 7-4, 3.81 ERA)

Joe Biagini (6’5, 245 – Redwood City, CA)

2017 season record: (2-7, 4.40 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, 7.4 K/9), ERA+ 100, FIP 3.33, SO/W 3.11

Opponents batting average against .246/.298/.367 – BABIP .294, 2017 bWAR 0.6

Last appearance – (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) – June 27th vs Baltimore

Career vs Boston (1-1, 4.05 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, 8.1 K/9) – 11 G, 0 GS

Last appearance vs Red Sox – (0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) – April 16th in Toronto

2017 Home Record: (1-4, 3.27 ERA, 1.152 WHIP, 7.1 K/9) – 12 G, 5 GS

 

 

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

2017 season record: (7-4, 3.81 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 10.3 K/9), ERA+ 120, FIP 3.65, SO/W 3.56

Opponents batting average against .260/.313/.418 – BABIP .329, 2017 bWAR 1.3

Last appearance – (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) – June 27th vs Minnesota

Career vs Toronto – (0-1, 4.15 ERA, 1.385 WHIP, 11.4 K/9) – 4 G, 2 GS

Last appearance vs Toronto – (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) – October 2, 2016 in Boston

2017 Road Record: (2-2, 3.32 ERA, 1.368 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) – 7 GS

 

 

 

 

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN

 

 

 

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