Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco California
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 3:45 pm Eastern
We have an inter-league game in a National League Park to focus on for Wednesday when the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants meet Wednesday evening under wet skies and game time temps in the lower 60’s. This will be game two of their two-game home and home series with the Giants winning both games that were played back in April in Toronto.
Neither side has listed a starting pitcher and I suspect we will see an “opener” followed by plenty of arms from the bullpen. This preview is also being written before Tuesday’s game begins so all stats will reflect that in this review. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this game with you today.
Blue Jays Drop Eight of Last Ten Games
Toronto sits in fourth place in the American League East with a record of 16-24 this season and going into Tuesday’s contest, has lost eight of its last ten games. Toronto hasn’t won a series since they swept the Oakland Athletics on the last weekend of April and during that span were swept on the road by the Los Angeles Angels and at home by the Minnesota Twins with series losses to the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox.
The Blue Jays do have injuries but no one significant since the start of Spring Training.
The Toronto bats rank 28th in baseball this season and have a .140 ISO and that bodes well for a Giants bullpen that ranks ninth in baseball and allows less than one bomb per nine innings pitched. Toronto also strikes out in 26 percent of its at-bats and that might make for a long day for the Blue Jays as the Giants bullpen strikes out just over nine batters per nine innings pitched this season.
Giants Riding the Struggle Bus
San Francisco is in the last place in the National League West with a 17-23 record and has won five of its last ten games and hopes to continue a one-game winning streak on Tuesday against Toronto. San Francisco is a sub .500 team at home this season and just like the Blue Jays haven’t won a series since the last weekend of April.
The Giants has a small injury report with the most significant being Buster Posey being questionable with a concussion and is listed as day-to-day. Posey has two home runs and 13 RBI this season.
San Francisco bats rank 23rd in baseball with a .151 ISO and might be able to take advantage of a Toronto bullpen allowing 1.13 bombs per nine innings pitched. The Giants 22.5 percent strikeout rate might be to the Blue Jays liking as they strike out just over nine hitters per nine innings pitched this season.
Blue Jays are:
- 0-4 last 4 during game 2 of a series.
- 9-26 last 35 Wednesday games.