Today marks the final road game of 2019 for the Blue Jays, as they look to end the their road swing with a series win over the Yankees. Today’s game will get underway at 1:05 ET.
Blue Jays’ Starter
The Jays first inning or two will be taken by Wilmer Font. This will be Font’s 14th foray into the opening business, with another 6 relief appearances also on his Blue Jays’ resume. In 34 innings with the Jays, he is 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA, combined with an equally impressive 2.46 FIP. He has struck out 46 against just 8 walks, being bit by just 3 home runs so far.
Following Font will be Trent Thornton, who is now making his 3rd straight appearance as the bulk guy today. His first 2 have gone quite well, as he has allowed just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks over 10 combined innings. This is likely the strategy with him for his next and final start as well as they try to limit his workload at the end of the season.
The Yankees will send recently rehabbed righty Luis Severino out to the mound in this one, making just his second start of 2019. He had been sidelined since the start of Spring Training with a shoulder/lat injury, but seems to be over it now. He made his 2019 debut on Tuesday, and suffered no ill effects. He made it through 4 shutout innings, giving up a pair of hits and a pair of walks while striking out 4. He will be limited again today, but if he’s that efficient again, he could probably make it through 5 or 6 without a problem.
Blue Jays’ Lineup
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81 of 81 in the Bronx.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 22, 2019
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Marcus Semien went 3-3 with a home run and 2 singles, and also drew 3 walks to pick up the Monster Bat award. He helped lead the Athletics to the easy 12-3 win over the Rangers.
J.P. Crawford had a huge game with some big hits, including a 3-run home run in the top of the 8th that gave his Mariners the 6-4 lead. But the bullpen couldn’t hold it, and the game went all the way to the 13th before the Mariners pulled out the 7-6 win over the Orioles. Crawford, for his part, picks up the WPA King award with an excellent .932 mark.
Stephen Strasburg made it through 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6 and beaning a guy. Nowhere near a typical dominant Strasburg, but more than enough for the Pitcher of the Day award. He also helped his Nationals hold on to their top spot in the Wild Card race with their 10-4 win over the Marlins.
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