GDB 123.0: Toronto Blue Jays open three-game series against Cincinnati Reds

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Zach Laing
8 months ago
The Jays are on the road.
They’re down in Cincinnati to take on the Reds this weekend for a three-game set. With Monday and Thursday off bookending a two-game series split with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Jays must be feeling a bit refreshed.
And it could come at a critical time, too.
The Jays enter this series half a game up on the Seattle Mariners in the wild card race, and three back of the Houston Astros. This next week — one that will see the Jays also face the Baltimore Orioles — could play a factor in determining their fate when playoff matchups are finalized.
Simply put: Toronto needs to gain some ground here. It will be a tough series this weekend against a Reds club teeming with young talent

First pitch: 4:40 p.m EST — Apple TV+, Sportsnet 650.
Toronto Blue Jays: 67-55, 7.5 GB, – WCGB, +55 DIFF.
Cincinnati Reds: 63-59, 2.0 GB, – WCGB, -20 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR +102; CIN -110.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Jose Berrios RHP – 9-8, 24 GS, 140.1 IP. 3.53 ERA, 119 ERA+, 4.00 FIP, 1.219 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 8.5 SO/9.
CIN: Brett Kennedy RHP – 1-0, 1 GS, 7.0 IP. 5.14 ERA, 94 ERA+, 2.97 FIP, 1.143 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 5.1 SO/9.
  1. W Merrifield (R) 2B
  2. B Belt (L) DH
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. C Biggio (L) RF
  5. M Chapman (R) 3B
  6. A Kirk (R) C
  7. D Varsho (L) LF
  8. S Espinal (R) SS
  9. K Kiermaier (L) CF
  1. T Friedl (L) CF
  2. M McLain (R) 2B
  3. E De La Cruz (S) SS
  4. S Steer (R) 3B
  5. J Votto (L) 1B
  6. C Encarnacion-Strand (R) DH
  7. T Stephenson (R) C
  8. W Benson (L) RF
  9. S Fairchild (R) LF

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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