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Game #63 Preview: Ray vs Pérez

Blue Jays (32-30) vs Red Sox (39-26)

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The Blue Jays and Red Sox continue their series this afternoon, playing game 3 of the 4 game set in Boston. Today’s start time is set for 1:10 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Robbie Ray heads to the mound for the Jays, and he enters play with a 3-2 record and a 3.36 ERA. Through 11 starts and 64.1 innings, he has struck out 82 batters against just 15 walks and 15 home runs. The home runs are the obvious struggle for him, as the 15 home runs are the third most in all of baseball this year. Thankfully for him and the Blue Jays though, 11 of the 15 have been solo shot, and the other 4 are 2-run home runs.

Red Sox’ Starter

Martín Pérez will get the ball for the Red Sox, making his 13th start of the year. Through his first 60.1 innings, Pérez is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA. His numbers are fairly pedestrian when it comes to K/9 (8.06) and BB/9 (3.13), but it’s his home run rate, much like Pivetta yesterday, that is quite low (0.75 per 9 innings) and isn’t necessarily that low for any special reason. Since leaving Texas a few seasons ago, Pérez went from being a fairly heavy groundball pitcher to now being much closer to neutral, which when you couple that with the fact that he isn’t doing anything exceptional in limiting hard contact, he’s going to get lit up for a lot more home runs than his current rate.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

It’s 90 minutes to gametime, no lineup, and I’m going disc golfing. You’re on your own.

Red Sox’ Lineup

Yesterday’s Heroes

Josh Rojas went 2-5 with a pair of home runs, good enough to take home the Monster Bat award. It wasn’t enough though, as his Diamondbacks fell to the Angels 8-7.

René Rivera hit a big 2-run double in the 9th inning, tying the game and setting himself up as the winning run. This allowed him to take home the WPA King award with a .512 mark. He did not come in to score the winning run, but Cleveland beat the Mariners 5-4 in 10 innings instead.

Yusei Kikuchi threw 7 shutout innings on his way to the Pitcher of the Day title. He allowed 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. However, he didn’t factor into the decision because of the Rivera double in the 9th inning.

Find the Link

Find the link between Pérez and the Astros’ Rule 5 pick in 1996.

Stats retrieved from Fangraphs and Baseball Savant