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GDB 31.0: Toronto Blue Jays look to build off offensive rebound

Toronto Blue Jays Kansas City Royals
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Zach Laing
1 month ago
For just the fourth time this season, the Toronto Blue Jays have proven they can, in fact, score six runs in a game.
They did so yesterday against the Kansas City Royals enroute to a 6-5 win off the backs of a two home run game from none other than Justin Turner. It was exactly the kind of rebound game the club needed, and without relievers Yimi Garcia and Jordan Romano available due to their usage, the bullpen just managed to hold on and secure the win, with Nate Pearson getting the save in the ninth.
Tonight, the Jays will face Cole Ragans again for the second time in the last week. The Jays struggled against the lefty, taking three walks and getting just three hits off of him for one earned run.
A key to tonight’s game for the Jays will be getting to Ragans a day after the Royals effectively ran a bullpen game. Getting him throwing lots of pitches, or doing damage on few, will be a great way to force their hand into some potentially uncomfortable situation.
The good news for the Jays is they’ll have Jose Berrios on the mound, who is looking to build off an excellent start to his season in which he’s posted a 1.32 ERA across 36 and two third innings.

First pitch:
7:07 p.m. EST. TV & Radio: Sportsnet.

Starting pitchers:

NameTeamGS
W
L
IP
ERA
xERA
ERA-
FIP
WHIP
K/9
BB/9
José BerríosTOR64136.21.234.43323.841.046.872.95
Cole RagansKCR61230.03.903.65972.221.4311.103.00

Teams:

– Data via Baseball-Reference

Lineups:


BLUE JAYS:
  1. G Springer (R) CF
  2. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  3. B Bichette (R) SS
  4. J Turner (R) DH
  5. D Schneider (R) LF
  6. A Kirk (R) C
  7. E Clement (R) 3B
  8. I Kiner-Falefa (R) 2B
  9. C Biggio (L) RF

ROYALS:
  1. M Garcia (R) 3B
  2. B Witt Jr. (R) SS
  3. V Pasquantino (L) DH
  4. S Perez (R) 1B
  5. M Massey (L) 2B
  6. F Fermin (R) C
  7. M Melendez (L) LF
  8. H Renfroe (R) RF
  9. K Isbel (L) 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@thenationnetwork.com.

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