Blue Jays’ Starter
The Jays will send Marcus Stroman out to the mound, making his 15th start of the season. This could potentially be one of his last in a Blue Jays’ jersey, as interest is and should be ramping up in his services. Marcus is for sure giving teams a lot to be interested in, as he’s currently sitting with a 3.31 ERA and a still pretty good 3.75 FIP. His 3-8 record draws a bit of ire, but is entirely an indication of the team that he is on.
Stroman faced off against the Orioles back on April 2, and he had a pretty excellent start. His first 5 innings were scoreless, although he did allow a few hits. The 6th inning wasn’t as kind to him, as he allowed single-triple-single to lead things off before getting a double play. He then issued his first walk, and was done. In total, he allowed 2 runs on 9 hits, striking out 5 over 5.2 innings.
The Orioles will counter with right hander Gabriel Ynoa, a 26 year old making his 4th start and 13th appearance of the season. He started the season in the Minors, then came up to the Orioles in mid-April to became the longman in the bullpen. He has since entered the rotation, and has made three progressively longer starts, making it to 6 innings in his last one. On the season, his numbers are now 0-2 with a 4.96 ERA with a 4.92 FIP. He walks batters at a league average rate, but he has given up home runs a little above average, while only getting strikeouts at 7.71 per 9 innings.
Blue Jays’ Lineup
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has made the last two starts in the number 3 spot, with Justin Smoak batting down in the 5th spot and Randal Grichuk in between. Gurriel has very much earned the promotion to that spot, as he has a 178 wRC+ in his 68 plate appearances since coming back up from the Minor Leagues.
On the days when Eric Sogard isn’t in the lineup, which seems to happen against most righties, Cavan Biggio gets the start at the start of the lineup. Biggio has been exceptionally unlucky so far, with a BABIP under .200 and one of the worst balls-called-strikes rates in the Majors. Once those start getting back even close to normal levels, his amazing walk rate should make him a pretty decent leadoff hitter.
The top of the lineup has done pretty well for the Orioles in this series. The combination of Jonathan Villar, Anthony Santander, Trey Mancini and Chance Sisco are a combined 12-32 with 4 walks and a hbp, with 7 doubles, a triple and a home run, scoring 8 runs and driving in 7 of the total 10 the Orioles have scored in this series.
Austin Riley had a pretty great day at the dish for Atlanta, hitting a game tying home run in the bottom of the 9th, before taking a bean ball and scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 11th. Throw in a 2-run triple in the bottom of the 1st, and a fairly nondescript 3rd inning single, and Riley gets to take home the WPA King title with a total .641 mark. He led his Braves to the 8-7, 11 inning victory over the Pirates.
Merrill Kelly, building off his great start against the Jays last week, churned out another masterful performance last night. He made it through 7.2 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 5 to earn the Pitcher of the Day award. His dominance gave the Diamondbacks the 2-0 win over the Phillies.
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