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GDB 80.0: Toronto Blue Jays, the hottest team in the American League, open series against San Francisco Giants

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Zach Laing
11 months ago
Yes, you read that right.
The Toronto Blue Jays are the hottest team in the American League. Their record since May 26th is 17-11 —as pointed out by ViewsOnThe6 and its the best of any AL team over that stretch.
It’s seemingly hard to believe because it sure hasn’t felt like the Jays have won sixty percent of their games in the last month but here we are. It’s probably because of a few pretty rough losses.
On May 27th, they dropped a 9-7 decision to the Minnesota Twins. On June 5th, they fell 11-4 to the Houston Astros. They dropped another stinker against Minnesota on June 10th, losing 9-4, and followed it up three days later losing 11-6 to Baltimore.
Oh, it gets worse.
On June 18th, they lost an 11-7 game to the Texas Rangers, and kicked off a series against Miami the next day with an 11-0 loss. Last Friday, it was a 5-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics that had everyone talking.
While they got outscored 67-32 in those seven games, they’ve outscored their opponents a staggering 85-44 in the other 21. Some wild numbers for a team that has had more than their fair share of up-and-down times this season.
Tonight, Kevin Gausman takes the mound kicking off what will be a tough three-game set against the San Francisco Giants, who have been red-hot as of late. They’ve won nine straight road games and 14 of their last 16.
Against teams above .500, like the Blue Jays are, the Giants have posted a solid 24-17 record.
This will be a fun set to watch.
First pitch: 7:07 p.m. EST
Toronto Blue Jays: 43-36, 10.0 GB, – WCGB, +23 DIFF.
San Francisco Giants: 44-34, 2.5 GB, +.05 WCGB, +43 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -161; SFG +152.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Kevin Gausman RHP – 7-3, 16 GS. 98.2 IP. 3.10 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 1.155 WHIP, 11.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 1.6 bWAR.
SFG: Ryan Walker RHP – 2-0, 2 GS, 19.0 IP. 1.89 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 1.368 WHIP, 9.5 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 0.4 bWAR.
Lineups: 
 San Francisco 
TBA

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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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Toronto
  1. G Springer (R) RF
  2. B Bichette (R) SS
  3. B Belt (L) DH
  4. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  5. M Chapman (R) 3B
  6. D Varsho (L) CF
  7. W Merrifield (R) LF
  8. D Jansen (R) C
  9. C Biggio (L) 2B

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