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Game #139 Preview: Waguespack vs Soroka

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Blue Jays (55-83) vs Braves (84-54)

Houston Astros v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

The Blue Jays have a quick turnaround, which means they have a opportunity to forget about the no-hitter yesterday. After that game, they quickly got out of the country, and are now in Atlanta ready to take on the Braves for a 1:20 start this afternoon.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Jacob Waguespack heads to the mound, looking for retribution against a Braves team that ruined his otherwise good numbers on the season. Waguespack’s numbers have now degraded to a 4-2 record with a 3.93 ERA, still good numbers, but were previously much better. Last week against the Braves, he went 3 innings, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and a couple walks, while striking out just 2. Hopefully he’s going to have a little more luck today, but I don’t know how often rookies do better on back to back appearances like this. Let’s hope he’s well prepared.

Braves’ Starter

The Braves will send Canadian Mike Soroka back out to the mound to face the Jays, the third time in his career now that the rookie can say that, which is pretty remarkable considering this is just his 30th career start, and they play in different leagues.

Soroka for the season is 10-3 with a 2.44 ERA after 147.2 innings, really making a run for a Rookie of the Year award that is all but locked up by Pete Alonso in New York. But if he can have a strong finish, the opportunity is there. He’ll look to kick off September against a team he went 6 innings against last week, where he allowed 2 runs on 8 hits with no walks, although he strangely struck out just 1, and the Jays did manage to stick him with the loss.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Braves’ Lineup

Yesterday’s Heroes

Freddie Freeman went 3-4 with a pair of home runs and a single, driving in 5 to pick up the Monster Bat award. His efforts were instrumental as the Braves beat the visiting White Sox 5-3.

Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s Pitcher of the Day is Justin Verlander, who threw the no-hitter with 14 strikeouts and a walk against the Jays. But because the game was scoreless through most of the time he was pitching, he racked up a lot of WPA to earn the WPA King title with a .647 WPA in the Astros’ 2-0 win.

Find the Link

Find the link between Soroka and Josh Naylor

Stats are courtesy of Fangraphs