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Games #51&52 Preview: Stripling/Matz vs Hentges/Civale Blue Jays (26-24) vs Cleveland (27-22)

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Since the game was rained out yesterday, the Blue Jays and Cleveland will play a pair of 7-inning games this afternoon to wrap up their 3 game series. The first pitch for the first one is 1:10 ET, with the second set to follow one hour after the conclusion of the first.

Blue Jays’ Starters

Ross Stripling will go for the Blue Jays in game 1, looking to bring forward his success from his last outing. He worked 7 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 batters. Even with that outing, Stripling is still 0-3 with a 5.63 ERA over 32 innings. He is doing a fantastic job getting strikeouts (10.13 per 9 innings) a good job limiting walks (2.81 per 9 innings) but has been terrible when it comes to preventing home runs (7 in his 32 innings).

Game 2 starter will be Steven Matz, making his team-leading 11th start of the season. Through 54.2 innings, Matz is 6-2 with a 4.28 ERA, with peripherals that say he has been even better. His xERA is 3.66 while his FIP is 3.58, both numbers highlighting how great he has been at preventing walks while getting strikeouts.

Cleveland’s Starters

Rookie Sam Hentges will make the start in game 1. Hentges entered the season as Cleveland’s 25th prospect by MLB Pipeline and their 13th prospect by Fangraphs. He has made 7 appearances, including 3 starts this year, and has pitched to a 1-1 record and a 6.20 ERA over 20.1 innings. He has struck out 22 batters so far but has surrendered 28 hits and walked 12 for a nearly 2.00 WHIP. He has also allowed 5 home runs and also thrown 5 wild pitches.

Game 2 starter will be Aaron Civale, Cleveland’s second-best starter in the early season. Civale enters play with a 6-1 record and a 3.04 ERA. His xERA and FIP are both about a run higher, as he isn’t doing anything overly special this year compared to last. He is striking out fewer (just 7.01 per 9 innings), walking more (still just 2.25 per 9 innings), and allowing home runs at a rate just below league average (1.06 per 9 innings).

Blue Jays’ Lineup

May update when lineups are announced

Cleveland’s Lineup

May update when lineups are announced

Yesterday’s Heroes

Freddy Galvis went 4-7 over two games of a doubleheader, hitting a pair of home runs and drawing a walk to pick up the Monster Bat award. His Orioles ended up losing both games to the White Sox, 7-4 and 3-1.

The Padres and Astros played an exciting one last night, with the game being sent to extras thanks to a 2-out, 3-run home run by Fernando Tatis Jr. after a game in which the Astros led pretty handily most of the way. They got there with a Carlos Correa 4th inning home run, and they almost won it in the 11th with a Correa game-tying double, but they stranded him before letting it get away in the 11th. Correa came through as the WPA King though, with an even .600 WPA, but the Padres walked away winners by a score of 11-8.

Alex Cobb threw 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8 to pick up the Pitcher of the Day award. He also picked up the win in the Angels’ 4-0 win over the Athletics.

Find the Link

Find the link between Aaron Civale and Yasiel Puig.

Stats retrieved from Fangraphs and Baseball Savant