White Sox Host the Blue Jays Friday Night

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Stroman Looks to Build on Recent Success Against White Sox

The Toronto Blue Jays will be on the road this weekend when they visit the Chicago White Sox for a three-game series. Both teams are essentially out of the playoff chase. Players may be auditioning for other teams.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago-Plus, Sportsnet, TVAS (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (3-7, 5.42 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Reynaldo López (4-8, 4.13)

ODDS: Blue Jays are listed as -127-moneyline favorites. The Total is 9u -115.

Sitting nine games under .500, Toronto traded 10-game winner J.A. Happ to the New York Yankees. They also shipped right-hander reliever Seunghwan Oh to Colorado. More may be on the way.

The White Sox traded closer Joakim Soria to Milwaukee for two pitching prospects.

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Blue Jays fans will have something to cheer about. Starter Marcus Stroman appears to be rounding into form and will be on the mound for the opener.

There’s no question that this season has been a challenging one for Stroman. He started the year slowly and spent time on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue early on. When Jays fans saw that old swagger return to Stroman’s game in his last start they were thrilled.

He owns a 1-3 record and 6.00 ERA in six career starts against the White Sox.

Optimists finally had something to cheer about. The righty went seven innings and surrendered only one run in his second quality start in three games. He’ll look to build on that momentum against the lowly White Sox.

One bright part of the Blue Jays’ future is second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr.. He is the first rookie in history with eight straight multiple-hit games. Gurriel is 17-for-35 during the torrid eight-game stretch.

White Sox Send One of Few Bright Spots to Mound

Chicago will send Reynaldo Lopez to the mound to face Toronto on Friday. The 24-year-old has been a bright spot in an otherwise abysmal season for Chicago. He’s second on the team in innings pitched to compliment staff ace James Shields.

Pitching for a team that has scored the fifth fewest runs in the Majors isn’t going to result in many wins. Chicago will attempt to take advantage of home field and add a win to their record with Lopez at the helm.

Lopez has made one career start against the Blue Jays, allowing one run over six innings in his 2018 season debut.

Jose Abreu has hit safely in five straight games. He went deep twice Thursday and finished 7-for-16 with three homers and six RBIs against Los Angeles Angels. They split the four game set.

Abreu is 5-for-16 with a homer off Stroman.


Recent Form

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Chi White Sox36-66-$1,485.007-1729-496-930-5747-50-5-1.34
Pitchers Last 3 Starts

M Stroman (3-7) ERA: 5.55

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Jul 21, 2018BALW4-1U7$53.00
Jul 15, 2018BOSL2-5U5-$100.00
Jul 10, 2018ATLW6-2U7$119.00

Reynaldo Lopez (4-8) ERA: 4.13

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Jul 22, 2018SEAL2-8O5-$100.00
Jul 14, 2018KCL0-5U7.2-$100.00
Jul 6, 2018HOUL4-11O4.2-$100.00


Toronto’s relievers have pitched 16 innings in the last 3 games.
Chi White Sox’s relievers have pitched 8.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Toronto Blue Jays – M Stroman

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Aug 1, 20178-4TOR774415Win
Jun 17, 20175-2CHW763315Loss
Jun 26, 20165-2CHW574444Loss
Apr 25, 20167-5CHW6.264424No Decision
Aug 15, 201411-5CHW0.255501Loss

Chicago White Sox – Reynaldo Lopez

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Apr 2, 20184-2TOR621126No Decision


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.45165.3829
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense4.41154.7723
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense4.04244.9924
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense4.06225.2226

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Apr 4, 2018CHW4TOR3-2129.5UCarson Fulmer (R)Aaron Sanchez (R)77211110
Apr 3, 2018CHW5TOR14-1839OMiguel Gonzalez (R)J.A. Happ (L)101525146
Apr 2, 2018CHW2TOR4-1729UReynaldo Lopez (R)Jaime Garcia (L)6434106
Aug 2, 2017TOR5CHW119410.5UJ.A. Happ (L)Derek Holland (L)8863314
Aug 1, 2017TOR8CHW41999.5OMarcus Stroman (R)Mike Pelfrey (R)13117167
Jul 31, 2017TOR6CHW716910.5OMarco Estrada (R)James Shields (R)9103276
Jun 18, 2017CHW3TOR7-2109.5OJames Shields (R)J.A. Happ (L)81313133
Jun 17, 2017CHW5TOR2-2229UMike Pelfrey (R)Marcus Stroman (R)862169
Jun 16, 2017CHW11TOR4-2009OJose Quintana (L)Joe Biagini (R)14833106
Jun 26, 2016TOR2CHW5-1179UMarcus Stroman (R)Chris Sale (L)582479

MLB Betting Odds  and Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Toronto Blue Jays

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 104-63-31-33-11-56-40-44-2
vs Div17-2512-105-1511-37-2115-24-32-1315-12
vs AL37-5022-2615-2422-1616-3339-41-710-2527-25
vs NL9-55-24-35-14-410-41-08-5

Chicago White Sox

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 105-52-13-42-13-45-50-45-1
vs Div15-267-138-134-512-2115-22-43-412-22
vs AL31-5416-2515-296-626-4839-41-56-1625-38
vs NL5-123-42-80-05-128-91-14-11
Team Last 5 Games

Toronto Blue Jays

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Jul 25, 2018MIN6-12L1069.5Sam Gaviglio5E SantanaH
Jul 24, 2018MIN0-5L1018.5Ryan Borucki6Jose BerriosH
Jul 23, 2018MIN3-8L-1219.5Luis Santos2Adalberto MejiaH
Jul 22, 2018BAL5-4W-1948.5J Happ5A CashnerH
Jul 21, 2018BAL4-1W-1909M Stroman7A CobbH

Chicago White Sox

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Jul 26, 2018LAA8-12L1659.5Dylan Covey4.2N TropeanoA
Jul 25, 2018LAA3-11L2098.5J Shields4T SkaggsA
Jul 24, 2018LAA4-2W1748.5C Rodon7.2Felix PenaA
Jul 23, 2018LAA5-3W2019Lucas Giolito6Jaime BarriaA
Jul 22, 2018SEA2-8L1908.5Reynaldo Lopez5Marco GonzalesA

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