Blue Jays’ Starter
Matt Shoemaker makes his return to the mound after going down over a year ago with a torn ACL. He was pitching quite well at the time of injury, as through his 5 starts he was 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA over 28.2 innings.
It’s probably worth pointing out that his two best starts last year were against the Orioles and Tigers, where he went 7 shutout innings against each. But he was still very much serviceable in his starts against the Red Sox and Twins, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) over 11.2 innings. I would expect more of that pitcher this year compared to the 1.57 ERA.
The Rays will counter with Ryan Yarbrough, the lefty who has spent a good portion of his career as the bulk guy, but seems to have evolved into a full fledged starter. His last 9 appearances last year were strictly as a starter, compared to just 11 of his 57 career appearances prior.
In 141.2 innings last year, Yarbrough went 11-6 with a 4.13 ERA, although his FIP had him pegged a bit better at 3.55. He does a decent job keeping the ball in the park, but his true value comes from limiting the walk, as he allowed just 1.27 per 9 innings last year, 3rd best among pitchers with at least 100 innings (1st was last night’s start Hyun-Jin Ryu at 1.18).
Blue Jays’ Lineup
Max Muncy went 3-4 with a walk and a pair of solo home runs to pick up the Monster Bat award. The Dodgers once again trounced the rival Giants, this time 9-1, and are showing that they’ll probably win NL West by 30 games this year.
Everyone got the first glimpse of the free runner in last night’s Athletics-Angels game, and that’s also where we find our WPA King. By the time Laureano led off the 10th inning with a bean ball that put 2 runners on (not confusing) he already had a game changing triple in the bottom of the 8th that tied the game and set the Athletics up for a go ahead run (which did come, before the Angels tied it in the 9th). Overall, Laureano went 2-3 with that triple, a walk and HBP, plus a game tying home run in the bottom of the 4th. That all adds up to a very solid .685 WPA.
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