Toronto Blue Jays at San Francisco Giants
When and Where: Wednesday, May 15, Oracle Park, San Francisco, Calif., 3:45 p.m. EDT.
The future is now for the San Francisco Giants, who will turn to top pitching prospect Shaun Anderson for his major league debut Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays are hoping for a blast from the past as journeyman Edwin Jackson will set a major league record by pitching for his 14th team as this two-game interleague series concludes.
Well-traveled Jackson set for Blue Jays debut
Jackson (6-3, 3.33 ERA in 2018) was technically a Blue Jays player for a few fleeting moments in 2011 when he was part of a three-team, 11-player deal that sent him from the Chicago White Sox to the St. Louis Cardinals.
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) May 14, 2019
The veteran right-hander played for seven different teams since that deal, including two stints with the Washington Nationals. Oakland picked him up last year, and he was an effective contributor during the stretch run.
“Hopefully he’s going to give us a spark,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told The Associated Press on Saturday. “We need an arm like that and he’s been around. I’ve seen him for a long time now so I’m hoping he helps us out.”
Jackson declared for free agency after the end of last season. He failed to latch on anywhere in the offseason and re-upped with the Athletics on a minor league deal last month before being acquired for cash considerations to help bail out a Blue Jays rotation minus injured starters Clay Buchholz, Ryan Borucki, Matt Shoemaker, and Clayton Richard.
The 14 teams Jackson will have pitched for when he throws his first offering Wednesday will better the mark previously held by Octavio Dotel. The 35-year-old was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three minor league starts, including two at the Triple-A level.
Jackson lost both his starts to San Francisco last year as part of the Bay Bridge Series, giving up five runs and eight hits in 12 1-3 innings over a seven-day span. He is 11-11 with a 3.86 ERA in 33 interleague starts but has lost five of the last seven.
The righty is 5-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 13 career starts against the Giants, including a 1-3 mark with a 2.61 ERA in five at Oracle Park. Jackson has not allowed more than three runs in any of those outings but also has gotten only three runs of support.
Pablo Sandoval has always been happy to see Jackson regardless of what team he pitches for, going 10 for 23 with two homers in their matchups. Joe Panik is 3 for 7 with a homer, but Brandon Belt is hitless in 12 at-bats.
Buster Posey has not fared much better than Belt, going 3 for 23.
Highly touted Anderson looks to shake up Giants rotation
Anderson (NR) pitched with the Giants in spring training before being sent to Triple-A Sacramento, where he went 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA in 35 innings with 37 strikeouts.
THREAD: Shaun Anderson is set to make his debut tomorrow. Here's some of the changes he’s made to his mechanics since being acquired by the #SFGiants. Anderson was the closer at U of Florida due to a stacked rotation so he still pitched out of the wind up. Here's a look. pic.twitter.com/2E4tgfXOaG
— Julesyboy (@julesposner) May 14, 2019
This is technically the second time the 24-year-old Anderson has been with the Giants, who had planned to start him for a game against the New York Mets last August and flew him cross-country before opting against it.
“I flew over there and then it just happened to be where things didn’t work out and they needed me back in Sacramento,” Anderson said this spring to the San Jose Mercury News. “I respected that, went back to Sacramento and that was pretty much it. It was close but things happen for a reason.”
Anderson is considered the top pitcher in the club’s farm system and its fourth-best prospect overall. His fastball touches the mid-90s consistently, and he is capable of throwing four pitches for strikes.
“There’s nobody that outworks him,” first-year farm director Kyle Haines said during spring training to the . “His mental game is off the charts, and then when you combine it with his talent, four good pitches, he throws strikes, plus-demeanor and competitor on the mound, it is really easy to fall in love with him and get excited about him.”
The Blue Jays are:
- 9-26 in their last 35 Wednesday games.
- 0-4 in their last four during game 2 of a series.
- 1-4 in their last five games after scoring five or more runs in the previous game.
The Giants are:
- 4-1 in their last five interleague games vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 5-2 in their last seven games following a loss.