Preview: Blue Jays at White Sox
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[August 15, 2014]
After a pronounced stumble to begin
their eight-game road trip, the Toronto Blue Jays look to regain their
footing Friday when they play the first of three contests versus the
Chicago White Sox. The Blue Jays' bid to strengthen their postseason
position took a significant hit this week after being outscored 19-4 en
route to a sweep at the hands of Seattle. Toronto resides 3 1/2 games
behind Detroit in the race for the second wild card in the American
Toronto may receive a boost in the form of Edwin Encarnacion, who
has been sidelined since July 5 with a strained right quadriceps
muscle. The Blue Jays need all hands on deck and can ill afford a
misstep against the White Sox, who took three of four versus the
Canadian contingent from June 26-29. A great deal has changed since
that series as Chicago has dropped eight of 11 to essentially fall
out of contention.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, RSN (Toronto), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.34 ERA) vs.
White Sox RH Hector Noesi (6-8, 4.67)
Stroman rebounded from a dismal performance with a stellar one, but
settled for a no-decision despite allowing two runs on four hits in
nine innings against the Tigers on Saturday. The 23-year-old rookie
continues to keep the ball in the park, doing so in his last five
outings while permitting just five homers in 86 1/3 innings. Stroman
also received a no-decision in his lone career outing versus
Chicago, yielding two runs on as many hits in 6 2/3 innings June 28.
Like Stroman, Noesi also turned in a strong performance in his last
outing before settling for a no-decision. The 27-year-old Dominican
allowed one unearned run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings versus his
former team of Seattle on Saturday. Noesi has yet to record a
decision in five relief appearances against Toronto, but has allowed
the opposition to bat .289 in 11 1/3 innings.
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1. Toronto SS Jose Reyes is 11-for-28 with five runs scored during his
six-game hitting streak and has eight multiple-hit performances in his
last 16 contests.
2. Chicago is reportedly close to reinstating OF Avisail Garcia (torn
labrum in left shoulder) from the disabled list.
3. Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista has hit safely in six straight games and
12 of his last 13.
PREDICTION: Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2
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