Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox
When and Where: Thursday, May 16, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Ill., 8:10 p.m. EDT.
Equal parts frustrated and feisty, Marcus Stroman looks to snap a three-start losing streak Thursday night when the Toronto Blue Jays open a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
Stroman out to avenge loss to ChiSox as trade rumors swirl
The Blue Jays (17-25) have dropped 11 of their last 14 games following a 4-3 loss at San Francisco on Wednesday that resulted in a split of their two-game series.
Rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 0 for 3 with an RBI after hitting his first two major league home runs in Tuesday night’s win and enters this contest hitting .222.
Stroman (1-6, 3.12 ERA) has been public about wanting to stay with the Blue Jays long-term, but he continues to be among the pitchers considered most likely to be dealt before the trade deadline as the needs of contenders are beginning to crystalize in terms of pitching.
Marcus Stroman argued with manager Charlie Montoyo after being pulled in the 7th. Also exchanged words with Pete Walker in the dugout. pic.twitter.com/OHRWOHJwFB
— The Northside (@locatednorth) May 11, 2019
The right-hander was clearly frustrated with being taken out against the White Sox in Toronto’s 7-2 home loss Saturday after yielding four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. Despite the outbursts to both first-year manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker, it appears all parties have moved on as Stroman looks to win for the first time since April 19.
“Actually, I like it,” Montoyo told the Toronto Star. “I like it when pitchers get upset when I take them out. That’s what I want. I don’t want the guy to be happy giving me the ball.”
Stroman is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three road starts this year but got no offensive backing in the two defeats. He has won his last two starts on the south side of Chicago, where he is 2-2 with a 6.98 ERA overall. The righty’s loss last week dropped him to 2-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight lifetime starts versus the White Sox.
Covey hopes for better outcome in second straight start versus Jays
Dylan Covey (0-2, 5.91) was done in by the long ball in Toronto last Friday night, serving up two home runs in the first two innings that accounted for all four runs he gave up in 4 1-3 of Chicago’s 4-3 defeat.
#WhiteSox starter Dylan Covey worked with what he had but just didn’t have his best stuff last night against the #BlueJays, and dug his team into a hole they couldn’t get out of: https://t.co/DKZLev825H
— Alexis Brudnicki (@baseballexis) May 11, 2019
“I didn’t have my best stuff,” Covey told the team’s official website after issuing more walks (5) than hits allowed (3). “Two-out walks hurt. I’m OK with giving up a solo home run here and there, but I’ve got to cut back on those two-out walks. Different ballgame if those guys aren’t on and they hit the homer, just a different ballgame — doesn’t put us in a hole that early.”
Covey has failed to get through five innings in both his starts since filling Carlos Rodon’s spot in the rotation, and a lack of control has been a primary reason. He has walked eight in 9 1-3 innings over those starts and has 10 in 10 2-3 innings overall in his four appearances.
Chicago (19-22) is coming off a split of its two-game series with Cleveland after a 9-0 rout Tuesday snapped a three-game winning streak. Anderson went 5 for 12 in helping the White Sox win two of three games north of the border but is hitting .132 (5 for 38) over his last 10 home games.
The Blue Jays are:
- 4-1 in their last five road games vs. the White Sox.
The White Sox are:
- 0-8 in Covey’s last eight home starts.
- 6-23 in Covey’s last 29 starts.
- 0-6 in Covey’s last six starts during game 1 of a series.