Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Greg Fiume

The Toronto Blue Jays put a dent in the Boston Red Sox by taking 2 out of 3 north of the border and will look to damage the Rays playoff hopes this weekend in St. Petersburg.

The Toronto Blue Jays come in to town with a record of 56-65 but they are riding a high after taking two out of three from the Boston Red Sox to finish their 7-game home stand with a record of 3-4. Despite losing 11 of their last 17 games the Red Sox series proves that teams can't sleep on the Blue Jays who despite numerous injuries still have talented roster of players.

The pitching matchups over the weekend will be Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.93 ERA) vs R.A. Dickey (9-11, 4.46 ERA) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m., Roberto Hernandez (6-12, 4.95 ERA) vs J.A. Happ (2-2, 5.11 ERA) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m, and Chris Archer (6-5, 3.10 ERA) vs Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.62 ERA).

The Disable List:

Melky Cabrera (knee), Colby Rasmus (oblique), Steve Delabar (shoulder), Josh Johnson (forearm), Dustin McGowan (oblique), Brandon Morrow (forearm), Ramon Ortiz (elbow)

The Bullpen:

Casey Janssen (Closer), Sergio Santos, Aaron Loup (LHP), Neil Wagner, Darren Oliver (LHP), Brad Lincoln, Mickey Storey, Brett Cecil (LHP), Thad Weber

Times have changed for the Blue Jays bullpen which had been on quite a roll the last time the Blue Jays and Rays met up in Tampa. Steve Delabar has landed on the disabled list and Brett Cecil has struggled.

Cecil was fantastic in the first half and his performance landed him on the All-Star team. Overall his numbers (5-1, 2.89 ERA) look fantastic but over his last 15 appearances he has posted an ERA Of 8.25 (11R/12IP). The main reason has been his lack of control issuing 10 walks in the 12 innings of work.

The Blue Jays Bullpen over the past 30-days:

Name W L SV G IP K/9 BB/9 HR/FB ERA FIP
Casey Janssen 2 1 3 10 9 9.3 2.8 9.1% 4.66 3.25
Aaron Loup 0 2 0 11 13 6.2 2.1 10.0% 4.15 3.58
Sergio Santos 0 0 0 5 5 4.8 1.6 0.0% 4.76 2.51
Neil Wagner 0 0 0 6 8 7.3 1.0 14.3% 3.12 3.27
Mickey Storey 0 0 0 1 0 27.0 0.0 0.0% 0.00 -2.96
Brad Lincoln 1 0 0 5 7 3.7 7.4 0.0% 0.00 4.68
Darren Oliver 0 2 0 10 10 7.2 2.7 22.2% 6.30 5.24
Brett Cecil 2 1 1 12 9 9.3 5.6 20.0% 7.45 6.46

The Offense:

Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie, and Jose Bautista have all been crushing the ball of late. In a limited role against LHP Mark De Rosa has proven to be very valuable as a spot starter/pinch hitter.

The Blue Jays offense over the past 30-days.

Name PA BB% K% AVG OBP SLG OPS wOBA wRC+
Mark DeRosa 32 15.6% 18.8% 0.296 0.406 0.630 1.036 0.441 182
Edwin Encarnacion 117 16.2% 6.0% 0.320 0.427 0.557 0.984 0.415 164
Brett Lawrie 105 8.6% 11.4% 0.333 0.394 0.559 0.953 0.410 161
Jose Bautista 118 12.7% 11.0% 0.287 0.381 0.535 0.916 0.394 149
Colby Rasmus 93 5.4% 29.0% 0.307 0.344 0.455 0.799 0.349 119
Jose Reyes 122 9.8% 16.4% 0.273 0.344 0.455 0.799 0.348 118
Emilio Bonifacio (N/A) 37 5.4% 32.4% 0.286 0.324 0.429 0.753 0.330 106
Melky Cabrera 37 5.4% 10.8% 0.286 0.324 0.343 0.667 0.298 83
Adam Lind 99 15.2% 21.2% 0.169 0.303 0.301 0.604 0.277 69
Josh Thole 40 15.0% 15.0% 0.152 0.300 0.212 0.512 0.251 52
Rajai Davis 58 6.9% 15.5% 0.222 0.276 0.278 0.554 0.251 51
J.P. Arencibia 65 4.6% 24.6% 0.164 0.215 0.295 0.510 0.228 36
Maicer Izturis 86 12.8% 8.1% 0.137 0.247 0.151 0.398 0.198 15
Kevin Pillar 4 0.0% 25.0% 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 -100
Munenori Kawasaki 4 0.0% 25.0% 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 -100

The Pitchers

R.A. Dickey

Over his last 5 starts he has faced he has posted a record of 1-1 with a 3.58 ERA. He has worked 32.2 innings and struck out 30 while walking 8.

The last time he faced the Rays was back on July 21st in Toronto. He took the loss going 6 innings allowing 4R/ER striking out 8 and walking 1 in the Rays 4-3 victory.

The last time he faced the Rays at Tropicana Field was back on June 21st and he delivered a masterpiece. He only needed 93 pitches to throw a complete game shutout allowing just 1 hit striking out 6 and walking 1 in the Blue Jays 3-0 victory.

J.A. Happ

Happ last pitched at Tropicana Field back on May 7th and was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings. As a result of the line drive he suffered a skull fracture but he also sustained two strained ligaments when he was spun to the ground.

He has made 2 starts since his return. On August 7th he faced the Seattle Mariners and allowed 7R/6ER in 4 innings of work.

His next outing was much better as he went 7 innings allowing just 1R/ER on 3 hits striking out 6 and walking 2 against the Oakland Athletics.

Todd Redmond

Over his last 5 starts he has not recorded a decision but has an ERA of 3.65. He has worked 24.2 innings allowed 24 hits while striking out 32 and walking just 6.

His last outing was on Tuesday evening against the Boston Red Sox holding them to just 1R/ER on 3 hits striking out 5 and walking 1 in 5.1 innings of work.

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