The American League East meets the National League in interleague play on Tuesday evening as the Toronto Blue Jays grapple with the San Francisco Giants. This is game two of a two-game set from Oracle Park in San Francisco, California. The Giants took both meetings on Toronto earlier in the year.
Pitching Matchup: The Jays will trot out Tren Thornton 0-4, 5.06 ERA)and the Giants will counter with Nick Vincent (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
Pathetic Display Of Offense For The Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays have struggled at the plate all year but they have been far worse of late. The Jays enter this game having scored a total of 18 runs over their last 10 games, with nine of those runs coming in two games. That means just nine runs have been scored in their other eight games over that stretch. That is a pathetic display of offense. The Jays have scored more than four runs just once over their last 12 games and they have gone just 2-10 over that stretch, to fall to 16-24 on the year. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was expected to give the offense a boost when he got called up, but he is hitting just a buck 91 with one RBI and no homers in 13 games played. He did show off his defensive skills below. The pitching has been solid for the Jays, but they will need more from their offense to get back in the playoff race. In their last game, they lost at home to the White Sox by a score of 5-1 and driving in their lone run was Randy Tellex. Taking the loss was Aaron Sanchez (3-4, 3.75 ERA), who allowed five ERs on nine hits and two walks while striking out 11 in 6.0 innings of work.
106.3 MPH off the bat? That's why they call it the 🔥 corner! pic.twitter.com/yvzodeKD8n
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 12, 2019
Taking the hill for the Blue Jays will be Trent Thornton and he has gone 0-4 with a 5.06 ERA in eight starts in this his first year in the league, including 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in three starts on the road. Thornton faced the Giants in that series back in Toronto and he lost by a score of 7-6, allowing four ERs on six hits and no walks while striking out five in 5.0 innings of work in the process.
Toronto has been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.52 rpg, while also ranking 29th in hitting at .219 and 26th in homers with 38. On the mound, they have been very solid as they rank 10th in the league in ERA at 3.93, while also ranking 11th in WHIP at 1.28 and 17th in K’s with 347. Their pen ranks 3rd in ERA at 3.34.
Giants Are Looking For Consistency At The Plate
The San Francisco Giants were picked by many to finish in the basement of the National League West and that is exactly where they are at the Moment. The Giants enter this game at 17-23 overall and 8.5 games out of first in the division. Their offense has struggled again this year and it has been inconsistent of late. In their last 10 games, the Giants have scored 11 or more runs three times, but in their other seven games over that stretch, they have averaged just 3.42 rpg. The Giants have been without Buster Posey their last four games and he is listed as questionable for this one. Still, injuries have not been the problem for the Giants on offense. They just don’t have enough offensive talent, especially with the loss of McCutchen and Pence during the offseason. Like the Jays, the Giants will have to find their offense, but they will also need to get their pitching in order as they have allowed 7.78 rp[g over tehir last nine games. The Giants are off a 6-5 home win over the Reds and grabbing the win was Tony Watson (2-0, 2.57 ERA), while Madison Bumgarner got the start and allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits and no walks while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work. Pablo Sandoval (4), and Brandon Belt (6) both went deep.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 13, 2019
The Giants will counter with Nick Vincent and he has gone 0-1 with a 2.,25 ERA in 14 games (all out of the pen) on the year. Vincent has allowed seven runs (six earned) on 21 hits and six walks while striking out 25 in 24.0 innings of work on the year. In his career, he has made 365 appearances out of the pen and just one start. That start was last year and he was used as an opener in the game. That will likely be the case in this one. Vincent has allowed five ERs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out eight in 10.1 innings against the Jays in his career. He is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA in eight games against them.
The Giants have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.92 rpg, while also ranking 26th in hitting at .223 and 25th in homers with 38. On the mound, they have been below average as they rank 19th in the league in ERA at 4.45, while also ranking 15th in WHIP at 1.30 and 15th in K’s with 3.53. Their pen ranks 6th in ERA at 3.58.
- 17-35 in their last 52 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game
- 12-27 in their last 39 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
- 4-10 in their last 14 road games vs. a right-handed starter
San Francisco is:
- 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games vs. a team with a losing record