Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Dates: Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Rogers Centre
The White Sox likely aren’t going anywhere this season. However, the club looks to be well on its way towards going over its season win total of 69.5. Rick Renteria’s squad checks in as the eleventh most lucrative team in the league ( $176 ), but it needs to improve upon its poor 14-24 road record ( -$318 ) to let its over backers breathe a bit easier.
Toronto has just about battled back from its wretched start to the season to claw within one game of the breakeven point after just splitting a home series with the Tampa Bay Rays. As competitive the AL East is this season, John Gibbons’ squad needs to continue excelling at home where it’s won 18 of 33 games ( -$250 ).
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Friday, June 16, 2017, 7:07 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Jose Quintana vs. Joe Biagini
It’s been a trying season for the perceived ace of the White Sox starting rotation. Quintana will make his fourteenth start of 2017 2-8 overall with a poor 5.30 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. Opponents are batting .259 against him overall, and his 3.6 BB/9 average is nearly 1.5 walks higher than his seasonal average. Toronto has struggled against lefties ( 3.7 RPG ), and he owns a career 1.67 ERA through eight starts against the Blue Jays.
So far so good with the experiment of taking Biagini out of the bullpen and inserting him into the starting rotation. Though he sports a 1-5 record to date, the righty has deserved better having thrown three straight quality starts at the Rangers, Yankees and Mariners. Toronto ended up losing each of those games, but it wasn’t due to his ineffectiveness. He’s only been hit to the tune of a .177 BAA over three Rogers Centre starts.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Saturday, June 17, 2017, 1:07 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Mike Pelfrey vs. Marcus Stroman
Only 9.1 percent of Pelfrey’s starts have been of quality this season. That’s flat out pathetic! But due to Chicago having a myriad of injuries within its starting rotation, it’s played the desperation card trotting Pelfrey to the starting bump 10 times. Still, the righty is allowing less than one home run per start, and has fared decently against Toronto lifetime going 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA and .247 BAA.
Stroman’s 3.09 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and seven overall wins are tops on the Blue Jays staff. The fourth year hurler looks to be coming into his own in 2017 having produced quality starts 69.2 percent of the time, while leading Toronto to wins in nine of his 13 overall starts. That said, the BJs have only won four of his seven home starts and he’s struggled against the White Sox going 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA and .274 BAA over four starts.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Sunday, June 18, 2017, 1:07 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
James Shields vs. J.A. Happ
After missing the better part of the last two months with a back injury, Shields will return to the diamond looking to build off his decent start to the season. Before getting injured, “Big Game James” allowed nine hits and 3 ER with a 16:10 K/BB ratio through 16.2 innings over three starts. Chicago went 2-1 and has won four of his last seven overall starts dating back to last season. He’s 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA lifetime at Rogers Centre.
Happ’s return from the DL was tough to say the least, but the lefty will enter his fourth start since doing so off his finest after tossing six innings of shutout ball with 8 Ks at Seattle. The effort saw him log his first win of the season, and he’ll return to Toronto looking to snag his first win in front of the hometown faithful. It won’t be easy however with Chicago batting a league-best .292 against lefties and averaging 5.4 runs per game.