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Game 11 Preview: Stroman vs Clevinger

Blue Jays (3-7) vs Cleveland (5-3)

Toronto Blue Jays v Cleveland Indians Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Blue Jays fight to prevent the 4 game sweep at the hands of Cleveland this afternoon. Gametime is at 1:10 ET, so it’s coming up soon.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Marcus Stroman looks to stop the losing streak by continuing his early season dominance. In his first two starts, Stroman has thrown 12.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 11 hits. He has struck out 12, but has walked an above normal 5. He’s been able to avoid allowing runs by playing good defense, preventing stolen bases, and has induced 3 double plays thus far.

Cleveland Starter

Mike Clevinger makes his second start of the season this afternoon. The first one went exceptionally well, as he threw 7 shutout innings, allowing just a single hit, 3 walks and struck out 12.

That dominance was just a continuation of what he has done in his short career. Through 77 career games, he has thrown 381.2 innings, striking out 406 with a 3.30 ERA. Pretty good for the 4th best starter in a rotation.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Justin Smoak is out for the third game this series, as he continues to battle neck soreness.

Socrates Brito leads off again, while Freddy Galvis enjoys his second straight start at the top of the lineup. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is on the bench again.

Cleveland’s Lineup

You may need to click that tweet to see their lineup, but it’s not a whole lot different than their other lineups. Hanley Ramirez is on the bench again, and Roberto Perez hands catchers duty over to Kevin Plawecki.

Yesterday’s Heroes

Jason Heyward earns the Monster Bat award for his work last night. He went 3-3 with a pair of home runs, a pair of walks and a single, driving in 3 while helping his Cubs finally get back into the win column with the 14-8 win over the Brewers.

Tyler Skaggs earned the Pitcher of the Day honour. He made it through 6.1 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits, with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. He earned the win in the Angels’ 5-1 win over the Rangers.

Christin Stewart hit a grand slam in the 7th inning of the Tigers’ win over the Royals, giving them the 7-4 lead which was the ultimate difference in the game. That hit alone was worth .522 WPA, the large portion of the .594 WPA total for our WPA King.

Find the Link

Find the link between Clevinger and CJ Cron.

Stats are courtesy of Fangraphs