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Game #39 Preview: Anderson vs Ray

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Blue Jays (21-17) vs Phillies (21-19)

Philadelphia Phillies v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Blue Jays wrap up their series with the visiting Phillies this afternoon, looking to take the 3 game series win. The game is set to get underway right away here, with a 1:07 ET start.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Robbie Ray will head to the mound again making his 7th start, looking to improve on his 1-1 record and 3.38 ERA. When he has been on the mound, he has been everything the Jays had asked for this year, averaging just short of 6 innings while quite frequently dominating the batters. After his last start, he got his K/9 rate over 10, while his walk rate is sitting at a career best 2.60. I expect both to trend higher towards his career norms, with both more strikeouts and more walks. But he has been enjoyable to watch (and that’s even before we start talking about his pants).

Phillies’ Starter

Former Blue Jay Chase Anderson will get the ball for the Jays. The veteran right hander has made 7 starts for the Phillies this year, and is, at a minimum, having a better season than he did with the Jays last year. Anderson is 2-3 with a 5.23 ERA, living right there with ERA estimators FIP (5.28) and xERA (5.51). He’s struggling with walks more than even (4.35 per 9 innings), while not getting as many strikeouts as before. The good sign for him, at least compared to last year, is that he has allowed just 5 home runs over his 31.0 innings, after allowing 11 in 33.2 for the Jays last year.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Jansen gets his first catching assignment of Robbie Ray for the season.

Phillies’ Lineup

No Harper. No Realmuto.

Yesterday’s Heroes

Eduardo Escobar went 3-5, launching 2 home runs and driving in 7 to pick up the Monster Bat award. He helped his Diamondbacks walk all over the Nationals 11-4.

Jacob Stallings hit a game tying, 2-run double in the bottom of the 7th, before walking things off with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th, and all of that is enough to earn him the WPA King trophy. He accumulated .652 WPA in the Pirates’ 8-6 win over the Giants.

Trevor Bauer gets the Pitcher of the Day award, throwing 7 shutout innings with 2 hits and a beanball, striking out 10. He earned the Pitcher of the Day award in the Dodgers’ 7-0 win over the Marlins.

Find the Link

Find the link between Chase Anderson and Seunghwan Oh.

Stats retrieved from Fangraphs and Baseball Savant