Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.27 ERA) vs. Martin Perez (2-4, 4.58 ERA)
The Toronto Blue Jays edged out the Miami Marlins by a score of 2-1 behind a magnificent performance by Ryu on Wednesday. The Jays overcame several base running gaffes to get a big win in Miami at Marlins Park. Ryu was the catalyst for the win, as he went 6 innings with just 5 hits and 1 earned run allowed.
Ryu has been phenomenal since the beginning of August. He has to be making a few teams kicking themselves for not entertaining the idea of signing him. Ryu hasn’t allowed more than 1 earned run in his last six starts. He was expected to be the ace of the club, and is certainly acting like it on the hill.
With the win, the Jays took a split against the Marlins in Miami. The Marlins were winners in the first game of the series by a score of 3-2. Toronto has been playing in a lot of tight one-run ball games recently. Five of their last six games have been decided by a run. Three of those games went in their direction, while two were losing efforts.
The Blue Jays are clinging to life in the postseason hunt. Only 60 games on the schedule and an expanded postseason is working in their favor. Don’t expect them to do much damage if they do reach the postseason, but it’d be a great learning experience for the young Jays. They are in a good position with a record of 19-16.
Judging by what the Blue Jays did at the trade deadline, the organization feels confident that they can get in and do something. They filled out their rotation with three acquisitions at the deadline. Robbie Ray, Ross Stripling, and Taijuan Walker all come over from other teams to give the Blue Jays a legit rotation.
It might not be the best, but reliable enough. Walker is scheduled to get the nod at Fenway against the Red Sox tonight. The Red Sox are in the basement of the AL East with a record of 12-25. They stay in Boston after getting swept at home by the Braves in three games. Martin Perez is expected to get the start for the Red Sox in this one. Head below for our free Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox pick for September 3, 2020.
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Taijuan Walker had quite the debut for the Blue Jays in his first start with his new team. He impressed his new employers, as Walker pitched 6 innings of scoreless baseball against the Baltimore Orioles. The Blue Jays advanced for a 5-0 win over the Orioles in that game. Even going back to when he was a Mariner in 2020, Walker was fairly competent and was pitching well.
The Mariners saw an opportunity to sell high and they found a suitor in the Blue Jays. Walker owns an ERA of 3.27 and 1.09 WHIP going into tonight. In his previous three starts, Walker has recorded a 2.78 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. If Walker could just find better consistency, then he’d be a tough hurler to hit.
J.D. Martinez is the only player that Walker has much of a history against in this game. Martinez has been successful against Walker, though. He’s connected for a home run and 2 RBI on 4-for-8 hitting. Overall this season, it’s been a struggle for the Red Sox offense to find runs, though. The Red Sox are 18th in the major leagues with 4.58 runs per game. Not exactly what Red Sox fans are typically accustomed to.
Martin Perez has to help out on the bump in this game. He was bumped back to Thursday after intending on pitching yesterday. Perez is coming off a standout game against the Orioles. He allowed 1 earned run through 6 innings. Consistency has been a significant problem for Perez throughout his career, though.
We’ve seen Perez have games like that and then right after fall right on his face. Perez has a 4.58 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 35.1 innings of work. He’s failed to finish a season with an ERA below the 4.00 mark since 2013 as a sophomore. Last year he notched an ERA of 5.12 and 1.52 WHIP in 32 games. The Blue Jays have been able to score on him, with 3 long balls and 8 runs in 46 at-bats. Expect the Blue Jays to steal another game on the road on Thursday.