Pre-Series Notes: Hoping for Good Times in Kansas City

The Blue Jays are on a quest through the Central Division.

They swept the White Sox at home and then got dropped in two of three by the Twins, and now they’re on the road to Kansas City and then Detroit to play a pair of putrid teams.
The Royals are the worst team in a very bad division. They’re 17-35, dead last in Major League Baseball, they’re scoring just 3.75 runs per game, and they have a 5.12 team ERA. Their best player by WAR is Andrew Benintendi, who has a .799 OPS, and all of their starting pitchers have ERAs above 4.00.
This is really, really a series that the Blue Jays should sweep. But, as we know, life ain’t ever easy in Kansas City…

The head-to-head…
Ross Stripling vs. Daniel Lynch
Monday’s series opener will feature the same pitching matchup that we saw when the Blue Jays returned to Toronto last July. Ross Stripling allowed two earned runs over five-and-one-third innings and the Blue Jays scored three runs on Daniel ‘Don’t Call Me David’ Lynch in six innings in what wound up being a 6-4 victory.
This will be Stripling’s second time jumping from the ‘pen to the rotation this year as he’s again filling in for the injured Hyun Jin Ryu. Over five starts with Ryu on the Injured List, Stripling posted a 4.29 ERA. Since then, he put up a 3.00 ERA over nine innings in the bullpen.
Lynch has a 4.81 ERA across eight starts this season and doesn’t have very good peripheral numbers, as he’s walking 4.2 and striking out 8.2 batters per nine. Right-handed hitters have an .850 OPS against Lynch for his career, which bodes well for Toronto’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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