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After going through the process in New York and Texas, it’s the Blue Jays who turn for their home opener, though I’m sure everyone will be a lot more excited for the Toronto opener each time. once this finally happens But for now, Dunedin’s TD Ballpark is where the Blue Jays reside, and they host the Angels for a four-game streak. Tonight’s game starts at 7:07 a.m. ET, but if you log in earlier you will be able to attend the ceremony

Veteran right-hander Ross Stripling will return to the mound for the Jays He wasn’t expected to be part of the rotation to start the season, but with injuries to Robbie Ray and Nate Pearson, Stripling won the second start of the season Now he’s back, looking to be a little more successful than the first time around

Last weekend against the Yankees, Stripling only lasted 31 inning, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits A few of those shots were the super frustrating bloopers just above the infield type shots And at his credit, he looked good overall, just gave up the bloops, and one of his bequeathed runners came in to score He managed to score 5, but the 2 walks are not very nice

Griffin Canning will make a start for the Angels this year, having been pushed back because he was warming up in the paddock with the potential to be brought in a game He was supposed to start Tuesday’s game, but he was instead warmed up in the bullpen with the potential to be introduced into Sunday’s game He never entered this game, and his debut has been postponed until today

Canning, once a fairly well-regarded prospect, now has a relatively successful 1,462 career innings so far He has a career 436 ERA, with one heck of a 435 FIP match He has pulled out some more of one batter per inning, while walking one in every three or so, and allowed home runs at about a league average rate

Canning features a fastball, slider, cutter, changeup, and curveball, with the slider receiving the highest rating (60) while a prospect, and that is true now that he’s also in. The Majors In 2019, hitters had an expected batting average of just 212 with it, while last year he brought that down again to 145

Jays set to honor Silver Slugger Award winner Teoscar Hernandez ahead of game, showing him official material Maybe that will help raise his bat, as since playing 3-4 with a home run on opening day he’s 2-20 with 9 strikeouts, failing to hit. the base otherwise or to drive in a race

I wonder if the Jays are going to try to shake up the roster a bit to try and regroup some of the guys who are good at bats Vladimir Guerrero Jr makes a solid deal to be pushed back to 3rd place in the order, while Bo Bichette could move to 2 and Cavan Biggio could then move to 5th place from Vladdy I would also consider bringing in Randal Grichuk

The discussion of programming angels begins with living legend Mike Trout Trout is arguably the best player of all time (when it comes to competition etc.), and I’m personally very excited to see him beat the Jays after failing to get him last year He’s had a great start this year too, hitting 368/556/737 He’s got a lot of strikeouts (8 of 27 AP), but other than that he’s his typical Dominant Self. most ridiculous season is its 909% hard hit percentage

Aside from Trout, Shohei Ohtani brings some very exciting and unique talents to the game.He is finally starting and beating this year, and his bat has off to a good start so far, hitting 250/286/550 and we can probably see him play Sunday too

Other parts of their big offense aren’t doing too well, as Justin Upton and his 98 WRCs lead the group of other guys making over $ 15 million a year including Anthony Rendon (77 wRC) , Dexter Fowler (12 wRC – although mostly paid for by the Cardinals) and Albert Pujols (16 wRC)

Fangraphs is not cooperating with me this morning, so I’ll have to tackle these

José Ramirez threw a pair of home runs and drove in 4s which seems like enough for the Monster Bat prize. And his Clevelanders were enough to take the 4-2 victory over the Royals

WPA King is probably the hardest to figure out without the help of yesterday’s Fangraphs stats, but I think we’ll hand the prize over to Kyle Higashioka, who drew in the 10th inning to force an 11th. innings I’m just going with him so I can mention that the Orioles still beat the Yankees 4-3, despite Higashioka’s heroism with a WPA 417

Nathan Eovaldi had 7 strong innings, allowing 1 point on 3 hits and 3 steps, striking out 7 and winning the pitcher of the day award He also took the victory in the Red Sox 9-2 beating of the Rays

Angels vs Blue Jays

World News – CA – Game Preview # 7: Canning vs Stripling

Source: https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2021/4/8/22373384/game-7-preview-canning-vs-stripling-los-angeles-toronto-2021