GDB 93.0: Toronto Blue Jays look to win first series out of All-Star Break
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By Zach Laing4 months ago
That’s all the Toronto Blue Jays need in the next two days to win their first series out of the All-Star break. They got a big boost Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in thanks to a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. home run and a great seventh inning that saw the Jays rack up five runs en route to a 7-2 win.
While the Jays won’t be going with their scheduled starter, Kevin Gausman, who woke up with discomfort in his left side, Chris Bassitt will take the mound against a lineup with some potent lefthanded bats.
Bassitt has really struggled against lefties this season allowing a .403 wOBA — far and away worse than his .242 wOBA allowed to right-handed batters.
The top of the Diamondbacks lineup features switch hitters in Geraldo Perdomo and Ketel Marte with Corbin Carroll, who has demolished right-handed pitchers this season. As a left-handed bat, he’s racked up a staggering 1.130 OPS and 196 wRC+ against righties like Bassitt this season.
Let’s see if the vet can keep a young Diamondbacks club in check.
First pitch: 3:07 p.m. EST
Toronto Blue Jays: 51-41, 7.0 GB, – WCGB, +34 DIFF.
Arizona Diamondbacks: 52-40, – GB, +2.5 WCGB, +27 DIFF.
Moneyline: TOR -118; ARI +100.
TOR: Chris Bassitt RHP – 8-5, 19 GS, 109.2 IP. 4.19 ERA, 4.81 FIP, 1.231 WHIP, 8.4 SO/9, 3.0 BB/9.
ARI: Zac Gallen RHP – 11-3, 19 GS, 118.1 IP. 3.04 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 1.048 WHIP, 9.5 SO/9, 1.7 BB/9.
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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 email@example.com.
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