Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
When and Where: Saturday, May 11, Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ont., 3:07 p.m. EDT.
Looking to avoid becoming the first six-game loser in the American League, Marcus Stroman attempts to put aside the trade rumors involving him and jump-start his season Saturday when the Toronto Blue Jays continue their series against the Chicago White Sox.
Nova trying to build on first win of 2019 for ChiSox
Ivan Nova (1-3, 7.04 ERA) finally got off the schneid in picking up his first win of the year last time out, holding the Cleveland Indians to one run and eight hits in six innings of a 9-1 road victory Monday.
Ivan Nova regained his form to help the White Sox snap a three-game losing skid. https://t.co/uK7o926rBb
— Sun-Times Sports (@suntimes_sports) May 7, 2019
“I try to talk to him and say, ‘What went well, what didn’t go well, what did you feel out there?’ Then it’s easier to be on the same page when a day like today comes,” catcher James McCann told the Chicago Sun Times after catching Nova for the first time this season.
“The big thing for me is he located on both sides of the plate. He didn’t allow hitters to lean on him.’’
Nova has held teams to one run in three of his seven starts, but the other four have been brutal — the righty has a 13.25 ERA in those games, giving up 27 runs in 18 1-3 innings.
He has not faced the Toronto Blue Jays since 2016, but that might be a good thing considering Nova has lost four straight starts to them and is 5-6 with a 5.22 ERA in 15 career starts versus them.
Struggling Stroman looks for turnaround
Stroman (1-5, 2.96) has had little to work with in terms of run support as Toronto has backed him with just eight runs in as many starts — and five of them came in his lone win April 19 at Oakland.
Marcus Stroman throwing frisbees 😳 pic.twitter.com/8QnqksY0Uh
— Baseball Scoops (@BaseballScoops) May 7, 2019
In losing his last two, however, the righty has been more to blame as he has given up 11 runs and 14 hits in eight innings. The Twins teed off on Stroman — whose name is being prominently mentioned in trade rumors — in an 8-0 romp Monday, knocking him around for six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.
“Just wash it. Move on,” Stroman told the Toronto Sun following the loss. “Focus on the next one. I’m not really worried about it.”
Stroman is 2-3 with a 5.45 ERA in seven career starts versus the White Sox, but the two wins have come in the last two outings — both in Chicago. He allowed two runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 10-5 triumph July 27.
White Sox slugger Jose Abreu is 6 for 19 with a homer and two doubles in their matchups, but Yolmer Sanchez is 0 for 9. Tim Anderson, who homered in Friday’s series opener, is 2 for 12 and taken him deep once.
The White Sox are:
- 7-20 in their last 27 Saturday games.
- 0-4 in Nova’s last four road starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 1-4 in Nova’s last five starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
The Blue Jays are:
- 13-6 in Stroman’s last 19 Saturday starts.
- 4-0 in their last four home games vs. teams with a sub-.500 road record.