5/23 Pitchers Vs Hitters Matchups: Going for Series Win in Toronto

Topsy-Turvy. That is how I would describe last night’s 13 inning win. After Porcello’s solid six inning start of allowing just the one run, five relievers followed and two blown saves occurred. Brasier was the only option out of the pen that didn’t put any runs on the scoreboard.

The growing need to sort out the bullpen was magnified. After the game, Thornburg was seen going into Cora’s office. This morning they announced that Thornburg was being placed on the IL (phantom injury), and Travis Lakins was taking his place.

The offense did what they could to put themselves into position to win. But there was more RISP woes. They had 15 baserunners, and yet only scored six runs. When Sox batters had teammates in scoring position, they were just 2 for 10. Doesn’t help they didn’t have Martinez around, who isn’t expected back until at least tomorrow.

Ryan Weber takes the mound for the Sox, in his first start with the team and potentially his last appearance for the Sox in time being. Brock Holt is nearing a return to the big leagues, the reported move would be optioning a pitcher down. Chris Cotillo on twitter said Weber, Brewer and Velazquez would be the options. Though you could add Lakins in the mix if he happens to struggle.

Weber in his three relief appearances has gone rather well, allowing just one run in eight innings of work. He also has walked just one batter, which contributes to his WHIP being at just 1.13. How far he will go is completely up in the air. The hope is that can he supply at the very least five innings, with how much was needed out of the bullpen last night and there is no day off until June 3. Last time Weber exceeded five innings in MLB start was on Oct 1, 2015. He went seven against the Nationals.

Longtime NL pitcher Clayton Richard takes the ball in his first start as a Blue Jay. He is recovering from a major season ending knee surgery, performed last fall. With this being his first start, there will be a restricted pitch count of about 50-60 pitches. Constantly being bitten by injury bug, Richard has never found sustained success in the majors. The most fun he’s had was in 2010, when he made 33 starts for the Padres, having a 14-9 record with a 3.75 ERA in 201.2 innings.

First Pitch – 12:37pm ET !!!


Ryan Weber — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 1 start, 2.45 ERA. In his lone start as a Mariner, Weber allowed one run in 3.1 innings. He gave up three hits in that start, while not walking or striking out any batter. This start took place at Rogers Centre.


Toronto Blue Jays:

Jonathan Davis —–

Brandon Drury —–

Freddy Galvis – 0 for 2, K

Randal Grichuk —–

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. —–

Danny Jansen —–

Luke Maile – 0 for 1

Billy McKinney —–

Justin Smoak – 0 for 2

Eric Sogard —–

Rowdy Tellez —–

Richard Urena —–


Clayton Richard — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 games (1 start), 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA. In those two games, Richard has given up 2 ER in six innings of work. He has averted damage while giving up ten hits and three walks, while striking out three Sox batters. Career at Rogers Centre in 1 start, 1.29 ERA. In that No Decision, Richard had a stellar seven inning start, giving up 2 Runs (1 ER). He walked three and struck out three.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts —–

Xander Bogaerts —–

Jackie Bradley Jr. —–

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers —–

Sandy Leon —–

J.D. Martinez – 5 for 11 (.455 avg) Walk

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 11 (.273 avg) 2 Doubles, Walk

Steve Pearce – 0 for 5, Walk, 3 Ks

Christian Vazquez —–

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