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Game #78 Preview: Stroman vs Porcello

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Blue Jays (28-49) vs Red Sox (42-36)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox Ed Wolfstein-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays will look to win the 3 game series against the Red Sox in Boston this afternoon. Today’s game gets underway at 1:05 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Marcus Stroman will head to the mound, making his 17th start of the season. He’s 4-9 with a 3.23 ERA, although his FIP seems to be getting some separation on his ERA. His FIP is up to 3.83 on the season, but still pretty much in the same area that he has been the last few season. He finished the last three years with marks of 3.71, 3.90 and 3.91, so the 3.83 fits nicely in there. So while his ERA may flop around pretty wildly, his FIP seems to be a very constant number.

Stroman faced the Red Sox a month ago in Toronto, where he allowed just 1 run over 6 innings. He allowed a 6th inning home run to Mitch Moreland, but otherwise held the Red Sox down despite 6 walks and 4 other hits.

Red Sox’ Starter

The Red Sox will send former AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello to the mound. Porcello is making his 16th start of the season, and his 2019 isn’t going too well. He’s currently 5-6 with a 4.31 ERA, numbers that are right in line with his post-CY career. He did flash some of that brilliance his last time out though, as he shut out the Twins over 7 innings, walking 1 and striking out 8.

Porcello faced off against the Jays a month ago as well, and also came away with an excellent start. He allowed 1 run over 6 innings, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hitting a 4th inning home run off him for the Jays’ only run. The Jays otherwise only managed 2 baserunners against Porcello, as he didn’t walk anyone and struck out 4.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Cavan Biggio gets the start in RF, as Teoscar Hernandez gets the day off and Randal Grichuk shifts over to CF. Vladdy Jr. gets to DH again.

Red Sox Lineup

Eduardo Nunez is out of the starting lineup, with Brock Holt sliding over to 3B as a result. Marco Hernandez gets the start at 2B.

Yesterday’s Heroes

Alex Verdugo went 4-6 with 2 home runs, a double and a single to earn the Monster Bat award. His bat helped his Dodgers to the 11 inning win, as his second home run was the walkoff hit that won, giving Verdugo the WPA King title as well with a .647 mark on the day. The Dodgers beat the Rockies 5-4.

Zack Wheeler made it through 7 innings yesterday, surrendering just a single run on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 5. He edged out Dakota Hudson as he did not allow a home run to Albert Pujols. Wheeler’s Mets handily defeated the Cubs 10-2.

Find the Link

Find the link between Porcello and Ian Snell.

Stats are courtesy of Fangraphs