Toronto Blue Jays Starting Lineup 2/18/19 Blue Jays Lineup

73-89, 4th in AL East

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The Blue Jays are a team in transition from the playoff teams of a few years ago, and they continue to make do with names that are in the middling range that other teams pass on. This team has some power, but lack on-base skills. Teoscar Hernandez was a bright spot on a bad Toronto team last season, and should be hitting high in the order. While he will have some downside in the average department, the power is there. Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales still offer some pop in the middle of the order. Their best contact hitter seems to be Aledmys Diaz, yet he will need to hit higher in the order to have any sort of value. The rest of the names are boom or bust options, and will struggle to gain consistency. It might be time for the Blue Jays to move onto some of the exciting youth prospects for the future.

Updated: 9:00 am GMT, 10/1

Starting Lineup

1. K. Pillar , (R), CF
2. R. Grichuk , (R), RF
3. B. McKinney , (L), LF
4. T. Hernandez , (R), DH
5. R. Tellez , (L), 1B
6. A. Diaz , (R), 3B
7. R. McGuire , (L), C
8. J. Berti , (R), 2B
9. R. Urena , (S), SS
Pos Pitcher
SP Sam Gaviglio S. Gaviglio (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Sam Gaviglio S. Gaviglio (R) 73 24 3-10 123.2 548 140 77 73 21 38 105 0.23% 0.07% 1.44 0.316
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
CF Kevin Pillar K. Pillar (R) 78 1 142 542 129 72 40 2 15 59 65 14 3 0.252 0.282 0.43 0.708
RF Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk (R) 79 2 124 462 104 46 32 1 25 61 60 3 2 0.245 0.301 0.50 0.803
LF Billy McKinney B. McKinney (L) 74 3 38 132 30 17 7 0 6 13 14 1 0 0.252 0.318 0.46 0.78
DH Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez (R) 80 4 136 523 114 56 29 7 22 57 67 5 5 0.239 0.302 0.47 0.77
1B Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez (L) 73 5 23 73 22 9 9 0 4 14 10 0 0 0.314 0.329 0.61 0.943
3B Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz (R) 82 6 130 452 111 67 26 0 18 55 55 3 4 0.263 0.303 0.45 0.756
C Reese McGuire R. McGuire (L) 70 7 14 33 9 4 3 0 2 4 5 1 0 0.29 0.333 0.58 0.914
2B Jon Berti J. Berti (R) 73 8 4 15 4 2 1 1 0 2 2 1 0 0.267 0.267 0.47 0.734
SS Richard Urena R. Urena (S) 66 9 40 106 29 24 4 0 1 6 10 2 1 0.293 0.34 0.36 0.704

2018 Recent Blue Jays Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
9/30 @ TB L 4-9 Sam Gaviglio S. Gaviglio (R), 5.2 IP, 3 SO, 5 ER, L Kevin Pillar K. Pillar Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Billy McKinney B. McKinney Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz Reese McGuire R. McGuire Jon Berti J. Berti Richard Urena R. Urena
9/29 @ TB L 3-4 Ryan Borucki R. Borucki (L), 6.2 IP, 3 SO, 4 ER, L Jon Berti J. Berti Jonathan Davis J. Davis Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Danny Jansen D. Jansen Richard Urena R. Urena Anthony Alford A. Alford
9/28 @ TB W 7-6 Thomas Pannone T. Pannone (L), 5.1 IP, 3 SO, 5 ER, ND Billy McKinney B. McKinney Kevin Pillar K. Pillar Yangervis Solarte Y. Solarte Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Reese McGuire R. McGuire Dwight Smith D. Smith Richard Urena R. Urena Jon Berti J. Berti
9/26 vs HOU W 3-1 Sean Reid-Foley S. Reid-Foley (R), 3.1 IP, 5 SO, 1 ER, ND Billy McKinney B. McKinney Kevin Pillar K. Pillar Justin Smoak J. Smoak Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz Reese McGuire R. McGuire Richard Urena R. Urena Jon Berti J. Berti
9/24 vs HOU L 3-5 Marco Estrada M. Estrada (R), 4.2 IP, 1 SO, 4 ER, L Jonathan Davis J. Davis Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Justin Smoak J. Smoak Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Kevin Pillar K. Pillar Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Luke Maile L. Maile Richard Urena R. Urena
9/23 vs TB L 2-5 Ryan Borucki R. Borucki (L), 7 IP, 7 SO, 2 ER, L Jonathan Davis J. Davis Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Kevin Pillar K. Pillar Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Danny Jansen D. Jansen Richard Urena R. Urena
9/22 vs TB W 5-2 Thomas Pannone T. Pannone (L), 6.2 IP, 5 SO, 2 ER, W Billy McKinney B. McKinney Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Justin Smoak J. Smoak Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz Kevin Pillar K. Pillar Reese McGuire R. McGuire Richard Urena R. Urena
9/21 vs TB L 3-11 Sean Reid-Foley S. Reid-Foley (R), 4 IP, 5 SO, 2 ER, L Billy McKinney B. McKinney Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Kendrys Morales K. Morales Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Yangervis Solarte Y. Solarte Devon Travis D. Travis Reese McGuire R. McGuire
9/20 vs TB W 9-8 Sam Gaviglio S. Gaviglio (R), 5 IP, 2 SO, 2 ER, ND Billy McKinney B. McKinney Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Justin Smoak J. Smoak Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Kevin Pillar K. Pillar Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz Danny Jansen D. Jansen Richard Urena R. Urena
9/19 @ BAL L 1-2 Marco Estrada M. Estrada (R), 6 IP, 5 SO, 1 ER, L Billy McKinney B. McKinney Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Justin Smoak J. Smoak Kendrys Morales K. Morales Kevin Pillar K. Pillar Aledmys Diaz A. Diaz Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Devon Travis D. Travis Luke Maile L. Maile

2019 Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Analysis

Toronto has been losing names left and right among starters, and right now their rotation is not in very good shape. They already have to face three tough offenses within the division, and also face them in good hitters parks. The Blue Jays have some young talented hitters coming up, but their goal of developing an ace should be front and center right now. They likely won’t be spending on anyone big, so through the farm system is their best bet. They were a mediocre pitching staff in 2018, and it is hard to see something different in 2019. Marcus Stroman comes in as the name we most know. He is a groundball arm, that has struggled a bit over 2018. He finished with over a five ERA. While he is not a strikeout arm, his strikeout stuff was down from the prior season. Stroman was never going to be a top of the rotation arm, so it shows where the rotation is at with him at the top. Toronto added Matt Shoemaker and Clayton Richard, who both get a downgrade moving to Toronto and facing the AL East.

Shoemaker and Richard work differently, as Shoemaker is a flyball prone right-hander, and Richard is a groundball southpaw. Shoemaker could be in some bad spots against these offenses. Richard was over a five ERA last season, and Shoemaker was near him at 4.94. Both are projected for over a four ERA this season, and taking the over would be wise there. These will be telling years for both of them. Aaron Sanchez took a step backward after a promising 2017. He finished with a 4.89 ERA and his strikeouts were down as well. Sanchez has some upside, but it seems a bit capped within this division. While Ryan Borucki had a 3.87 ERA last season, his batted ball stats and ERA estimators have him about a half of a run higher in 2019. There isn’t really much depth behind these guys, but Sean Reid-Foley will get some run this season, and showed some strikeout upside late last season. There is a good chance he can knockout one of these starters from the rotation and jump right in.