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Game #11 Preview: Roark vs Weber

Blue Jays (4-6) vs Red Sox (4-8)

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The Blue Jays head to Boston this weekend, looking to win more than just moral victories over the host Red Sox. Tonight’s game is set to get underway at 7:30 EDT.

Blue Jays’ Starter

New Blue Jay Tanner Roark will be making his second start of the season, hopefully not showing any rust after having not pitched since last Tuesday. That game seems so long ago for me, so I would imagine even moreso for him.

In that start against the Nationals, Roark was fantastic in his short time. He went just 5 innings, as that seems to be the norm as the pitchers are ramping back up (and many across the league are getting hurt too). In those 5 innings, he allowed just 1 run on 3 hits, walking none and striking out 5. His fastball velocity was down a bit compared to his career mark, but that’s nothing to worry about after just one game, but rather something to watch out for over the coming weeks.

Red Sox’ Starter

The Red Sox will go with Ryan Weber, who will be making his 3rd start of the season. It has been extremely rough sailing for the soon-to-be 30 year old, as he failed to make it out of the 4th inning in either of his starts, the first against the Orioles and then against the Yankees.

In 7 total innings, Weber has been hit hard and been very wild. He has allowed 9 runs on 10 hits, walking 7 and giving up 4 home runs. Remarkably, on top of all of that, he has yet to register a single strikeout. I’m fairly confident in predicting that’ll come tonight, but 7 innings without a strikeout is unfathomable in this age of baseball.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Cleveland scored 13 runs yesterday, which pushed the Jays down into last place in the Majors in runs per game, which is totally unacceptable for a team that is supposed to have a very strong offense. In total, Jays batters are hitting .214/.263/.364, which is bad enough for a 75 wRC+.

Teoscar Hernández sat yesterday, which is really tough to see given that he is one of the few who is hitting the ball well thus far. I’m sure he’ll be back in there today.

Travis Shaw played just his 3rd game of the season yesterday, but with a righty today and tomorrow, and a righty heavy bullpen, I’m sure he’ll get a lot of chances this weekend and hopefully will be able to turn that into offensive production like he has in his first 3 games.

Red Sox’ Lineup

Kevin Pillar and Christian Vázquez are two of the top three bats in the Red Sox lineup right now, something that may point towards the Red Sox doing poorly. But Pillar and Vazquez are lighting things up right along side Xander Bogaerts, all three with a wRC+ of at least 145.

When a righty is on the mound for the Jays, which is the case all weekend, the Red Sox will likely have at least 5 lefties in the lineup, potentially more. J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts, plus a catcher (both of whom are righties), are the only righties that are consistently going to play against pretty much all righties.

Yesterday’s Heroes

José Ramírez went 3-5 with a pair of home runs and a triple, scoring 4 times and driving in 4 to pick up the Monster Bat award. His output helped pace Cleveland to the 13-0 win over the Reds.

Dylan Bundy threw the second 9 inning complete game of the season last night, picking up the Pitcher of the Day award while allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts. He did bean a batter as well, but that didn’t factor into the score as the Angels beat the Mariners 6-1.

Alex “Garbage Can” Bregman hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 8th that gave his Astros the 4-3 lead, and good enough to help propel himself to the WPA King title with a .461 mark. However, the Astros’ bullpen couldn’t hold it, and the Diamondbacks came back in the 9th inning for the walkoff 5-4 win.

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