Blue Jays vs. White Sox sequence preview: Berrios appears to be like to maintain rolling in opener

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After a disappointing 3-4 homestand, the Toronto Blue Jays hit the street for a pair of sequence this week.

First up is a three-game set with the inconsistent Chicago White Sox.

Here’s a have a look at the sequence.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Monday, 8:10 p.m. ET / 5:10 p.m. PT (Sportsnet ONE): Toronto RHP Jose Berrios (5-2, 4.65 ERA) vs. Chicago RHP Lance Lynn (0-0 6.23 ERA)

Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. ET / 5:10 p.m. PT (Sportsnet): Toronto RHP Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.21 ERA) vs. Chicago RHP Dylan Cease (5-3, 2.91 ERA)

Wednesday, 2:10 p.m. ET / 11:10 a.m. PT (Sportsnet): Toronto RHP Ross Stripling (3-2, 3.28 ERA) vs. Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (4-3, 4.78 ERA)

LATEST ON THE BLUE JAYS

The Blue Jays (38-28) snapped a three-game dropping streak with a wild 10-9 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays have been determined for a win after three ugly losses in a row (one in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles and two in opposition to the Yankees) – and it confirmed within the utilization of their shaky bullpen.

With one out within the eighth and two males on in opposition to Tim Mayza, supervisor Charlie Montoyo turned to Jordan Romano to get the ultimate 5 outs. The nearer obtained out of the jam within the eighth and stranded two extra runners within the ninth for the win.

A grand slam by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and a three-run shot by Teoscar Hernandez allowed the Blue Jays to erase a five-run deficit.

While it was a dramatic and much-needed win, it doesn’t erase the very fact the workforce has loads of pitching considerations – each with the rotation and the bullpen.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox are scorching on the Blue Jays’ heels within the race for second within the AL East and the Yankees are a whopping 11 video games in entrance.

LATEST ON THE WHITE SOX

The middling nature of the White Sox (31-33) was summed up within the scores of their video games in opposition to the Houston Astros this weekend – a 13-3 Friday loss and a 4-3 Sunday setback sandwiched a powerful 7-0 win over Justin Verlander on Saturday.

There is sweet information on the damage entrance with supervisor Tony La Russa saying shortstop Tim Anderson shall be activated from the injured checklist on Monday. He has been out since May 29 with a groin damage – simply earlier than Chicago was swept in a three-game sequence versus the Blue Jays in Toronto.

However, third baseman Yoan Moncada hasn’t performed the previous two video games due to tightness in his left hamstring. La Russa says he’ll be re-evaluated on Monday.

The White Sox are also lacking nearer Liam Hendriks (forearm), who hopes to return July 1.

Despite the sequence loss in opposition to Houston, the White Sox went 4-2 on their street journey after sweeping the Detroit Tigers.

BACKING HIS MANAGER

La Russa has confronted loads of criticism this 12 months with followers chanting “Fire Tony” at a sport earlier this month.

The supervisor was roasted for his intentional stroll of Trea Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a depend of 1-2 and a runner on second in an effort to face Max Muncy, who proceeded to hit a three-run homer.

However, first baseman Jose Abreu doesn’t think La Russa deserves the blame for a season that has been under expectations for the reigning AL Central champs.

“It’s easy to blame the manager when things aren’t going right, but at the end of the day, it’s on us,” the 2020 AL MVP mentioned over the weekend. “We are the ones who are performing on the field. The responsibility has to be on us. It’s easy to say whatever you want to say, or the critics will say whatever about the manager.”

CAN BERRIOS SAVE THE BULLPEN?

In Berrios, the Blue Jays seem to have the precise man on the mound for the opener.

The rotation has been trending within the fallacious path, however Berrios has turned things around recently.

The right-hander has gone at the least seven innings in every of his final three begins, permitting simply six whole runs whereas placing out 26 and strolling three.

With the Blue Jays bullpen struggling and overused the previous few days, a prolonged begin by Berrios could be an enormous raise.

GAUSMAN, STRIPLING LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK

Gausman and Stripling each didn’t final lengthy of their most up-to-date begins, however they’ve good reminiscences of dealing with the White Sox this 12 months.

Gausman’s most up-to-date win was a part of the sweep in opposition to the White Sox as he gave up three runs in 5 innings on May 31.

Stripling delivered 2.2 innings of shutout reduction a day later to choose up the win, taking up for Hyun Jin Ryu. That additionally occurred to be his most up-to-date reduction look as Ryu was shut down (and ultimately dominated out for the season) days later, pushing Stripling into the rotation.

UP NEXT

The Blue Jays resume interleague motion this weekend in Milwaukee in opposition to the Brewers earlier than returning to Toronto for a key homestand in opposition to Boston and Tampa Bay.


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