Toronto Blue Jays Starting Lineup 12/11/19 Blue Jays Lineup

67-95, 4th in AL East

red-x Projected Proj

TB 3 @ TOR 8

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We all want Vladimir Guerrero Jr, but we are going to have to wait until Toronto moves him up due to service time. He is going to be the exciting bat to watch when that day comes. On paper Toronto doesn’t look like much, and a lot has changed since the Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion were mashing baseballs. Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak are now the two power bats in the middle of the lineup. Both aren’t eye popping power bats, but they can flirt with 30 HR most seasons lately. Lourdes Gurriel and Billy McKinney will be names that bat at the top of the order most nights. Randal Grichuk is a big power bat, but has that boom or bust tag that limits his ceiling across all categories. Toronto’s middle infield is a little rough as Freddy Galvis and Brandon Drury are lackluster options.

Updated: 7:00 am GMT, 9/30

Starting Lineup

1. A. Alford , (R), LF
2. C. Biggio , (L), 2B
3. V. Guerrero Jr. , (R), 3B
4. R. Grichuk , (R), DH
5. J. Smoak , (S), 1B
6. T. Hernandez , (R), RF
7. B. Drury , (R), SS
8. D. Jansen , (R), C
9. J. Davis , (R), CF
Pos Pitcher
SP Clay Buchholz C. Buchholz (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Clay Buchholz C. Buchholz (R) 66 12 2-5 59 254 72 44 43 13 16 39 11.10% 5.60% 1.49 0.321
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
LF Anthony Alford A. Alford (R) 67 1 16 30 5 4 0 0 1 1 3 2 0 0.179 0.233 0.29 0.519
2B Cavan Biggio C. Biggio (L) 71 2 100 429 83 48 17 2 16 48 66 14 2 0.234 0.364 0.43 0.793
3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. (R) 73 3 124 514 126 83 26 2 15 69 52 0 1 0.272 0.339 0.43 0.772
DH Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk (R) 71 4 151 628 136 71 29 5 31 80 75 2 2 0.232 0.28 0.46 0.737
1B Justin Smoak J. Smoak (S) 78 5 124 500 86 48 16 0 22 61 54 0 0 0.208 0.342 0.41 0.748
RF Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez (R) 80 6 125 464 96 49 19 2 26 65 58 6 2 0.23 0.306 0.47 0.778
SS Brandon Drury B. Drury (R) 72 7 121 447 91 54 21 1 15 41 43 0 1 0.218 0.262 0.38 0.642
C Danny Jansen D. Jansen (R) 71 8 107 383 72 46 12 1 13 43 41 0 1 0.207 0.279 0.36 0.639
CF Jonathan Davis J. Davis (R) 68 9 37 94 15 12 1 0 2 6 8 3 1 0.181 0.266 0.27 0.531

2019 Recent Blue Jays Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
9/29 vs TB W 8-3 Clay Buchholz C. Buchholz (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Justin Smoak J. Smoak Breyvic Valera B. Valera Richard Urena R. Urena Jonathan Davis J. Davis Luke Maile L. Maile
9/28 vs TB W 4-1 Trent Thornton T. Thornton (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Brandon Drury B. Drury Justin Smoak J. Smoak Anthony Alford A. Alford Danny Jansen D. Jansen Richard Urena R. Urena
9/27 vs TB L 2-6 T.J. Zeuch T. Zeuch (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Billy McKinney B. McKinney Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. Reese McGuire R. McGuire Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Richard Urena R. Urena Derek Fisher D. Fisher
9/25 vs BAL W 3-2 Jacob Waguespack J. Waguespack (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Billy McKinney B. McKinney Breyvic Valera B. Valera Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Brandon Drury B. Drury Derek Fisher D. Fisher Luke Maile L. Maile
9/24 vs BAL L 4-11 Thomas Pannone T. Pannone (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Breyvic Valera B. Valera Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. Reese McGuire R. McGuire Brandon Drury B. Drury Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Anthony Alford A. Alford Derek Fisher D. Fisher
9/23 vs BAL W 11-10 Clay Buchholz C. Buchholz (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Billy McKinney B. McKinney Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Brandon Drury B. Drury Jonathan Davis J. Davis Danny Jansen D. Jansen
9/22 @ NYY L 3-8 Trent Thornton T. Thornton (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Billy McKinney B. McKinney Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Justin Smoak J. Smoak Reese McGuire R. McGuire Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Richard Urena R. Urena Brandon Drury B. Drury Derek Fisher D. Fisher
9/21 @ NYY L 2-7 T.J. Zeuch T. Zeuch (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Jonathan Davis J. Davis Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Brandon Drury B. Drury Richard Urena R. Urena Luke Maile L. Maile
9/20 @ NYY W 4-3 Jacob Waguespack J. Waguespack (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Anthony Alford A. Alford Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Teoscar Hernandez T. Hernandez Justin Smoak J. Smoak Danny Jansen D. Jansen Richard Urena R. Urena
9/19 @ BAL W 8-4 Wilmer Font W. Font (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Bo Bichette B. Bichette Cavan Biggio C. Biggio Lourdes Gurriel L. Gurriel Vladimir Guerrero Jr. V. Guerrero Jr. Justin Smoak J. Smoak Randal Grichuk R. Grichuk Reese McGuire R. McGuire Rowdy Tellez R. Tellez Derek Fisher D. Fisher

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.