GDB 136.0: Toronto Blue Jays seek series crucial win over Colorado Rockies in penultimate game

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Zach Laing
3 months ago
Spent the last yearRocky Mountain WayCouldn’t get much higherOut to pastureThink it’s safe to sayTime to open fire
And we don’t need the ladiesCrying ’cause the story’s sad
‘Cause the Rocky Mountain WayIs better than the way we had
I love me some Joe Walsh, and I love me some baseball in Colorado.
A day after the Jays ran up the score against the Rockies, they’ll be back looking to do the same again tonight.
The Jays will send Yusei Kikcuhi to the mound across from Ty Blach, a 32-year-old journeyman lefty who has posted a 3.94 ERA this season in seven starts and 14 games. With a 128 ERA+, Blach will be the toughest pitcher the Jays face this weekend, and his ERA actually is better at home sitting at 3.72.
He, however, has issues in lefty-lefty matchups, so Daulton Varsho and Kevin Kiermaier — both of whom have excelled in such spots this year — will be looked to at the bottom of the order to keep the order rolling.

First pitch: 8:10 p.m EST — Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650.
Toronto Blue Jays: 74-61, 9.5 GB, 19 E#, 1.5 WCGB, +68 DIFF.
Colorado Rockies: 49-85, 34.0 GB, E E#, 20.5 WCGB, -201 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -200; COL +170.
*Odds at the time of publishing. Odds subject to change.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Yusei Kikuchi LHP – 9-4, 26 GS, 139.0 IP. 3.63 ERA, 118 ERA+, 4.22 FIP, 1.230 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 9.5 SO/9.
COL: Ty Blach LHP – 1-1, 7 GS, 48.0 IP. 3.94 ERA, 128 ERA+, 4.68 FIP, 1.417 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 4.9 SO/9.
  1. G Springer (R) RF
  2. D Schneider (R) DH
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. W Merrifield (R) 2B
  5. A Kirk (R) C
  6. E Clement (R) SS
  7. D Varsho (L) LF
  8. S Espinal (R) 3B
  9. K Kiermaier (L) CF
  1. C Blackmon (L) DH
  2. E Tovar (R) SS
  3. R McMahon (L) 3B
  4. E Díaz (R) C
  5. N Jones (L) LF
  6. B Rodgers (R) 2B
  7. S Bouchard (R) RF
  8. E Montero (R) 1B
  9. B Doyle (R) CF

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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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