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Toronto Blue Jays vs. San Francisco Giants Preview and Predictions 05-15-2019 in MLB


It took more than a dozen games, but the Toronto Blue Jays finally got a taste of what Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is capable of doing. The phenom hopes to build off his best performance in the major leagues when Toronto visits the San Francisco Giants for the finale of their two-game interleague series on Wednesday afternoon.

The 20-year-old son of a Hall-of-Famer, Guerrero batted just .191 with one RBI over his first 13 games in the majors before going 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs in Tuesday's 7-3 triumph. He also drew a walk and scored twice while starting pitcher Trent Thornton helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored as the Blue Jays won for just the third time in 13 contests. Pablo Sandoval went deep for San Francisco, which suffered its fourth loss in five games. Mac Williamson, who recorded two hits in his season debut on May 7 but just one in his next four contests, went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Tuesday.

TV: 3:45 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, Sportsnet One (Toronto), NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Edwin Jackson (2018: 6-3, 3.33 ERA) vs. Giants RH Shaun Anderson (NR)

Jackson will make major-league history by playing for a record 14th different team when he unleashes his first pitch on Wednesday - four days after being acquired from Oakland. The 35-year-old German-born journeyman, who briefly was property of Toronto in July 2011 as he was obtained and dealt away in a three-team trade, posted a 1-0 record and 6.75 ERA in three minor-league outings this season. Jackson is 5-6 with a 4.54 ERA in 13 starts and one relief appearance against San Francisco in his career.



Anderson is expected to be summoned from Triple-A Sacramento to make his major-league debut. The 24-year-old Floridian has made seven starts for the River Cats this year, going 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 35 innings. Anderson was selected by Boston in the third round of the 2016 draft but was traded to the Giants in July 2017 as part of a package for Eduardo Nunez.

WALK-OFFS

1. Giants C Buster Posey is on track to be activated from the concussion list on Friday, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

2. Blue Jays OF Randal Grichuk has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games after going 1-for-4 on Tuesday.

3. Toronto SS Freddy Galvis is riding a five-game hitting streak following his RBI double in the first inning of the series opener.

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Stadium

AT&T Park
San Francisco, California, USA.
Capacity: 41,915

Last Injuries

San Francisco Giants

  • Travis Bergen

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Bergen has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain and will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Buster Posey

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Posey is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Brandon Crawford

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Crawford is unlikely to be available against the Diamondbacks on Sunday due to a day of rest.

  • Drew Pomeranz

    Back
    Prob Sun | 10-day IL

    Pomeranz has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left lat strain, but he is expected to return to the mound Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

  • Brandon Belt

    Knee
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Belt was absent from the lineup during the previous game with discomfort in his knee, and it is unknown if he will participate in Friday's contest versus the Diamondbacks.

  • Buster Posey

    Concussion
    Prob Fri | 7-day IL

    Posey has been designated for the 7-day concussion injured list but is lining up to be activated prior to Friday's game versus the Diamondbacks.

  • Brandon Belt

    Knee
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Belt is dealing with right knee soreness and is not expected to play Sunday against the Reds.

  • Brandon Belt

    Knee
    day-to-day | doubtful

    Belt exited the previous game with inflammation in his right knee. He is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Reds on Saturday.

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Toronto Blue Jays

  • Ryan Tepera

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Tepera has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement, and the team has yet to announce a return date.

  • Clayton Richard

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | 10-day IL

    Richard is on the 10-day injured list due to a stress reaction in his right knee, but he is expected to make his season debut Thursday against the Red Sox.

  • Devon Travis

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Travis is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to repair a minor meniscus tear in his left knee. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Clay Buchholz

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Buchholz has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 teres major strain in his right shoulder. He is likely to miss an extended period.

  • Ryan Borucki

    Elbow
    Early June | 60-day IL

    Borucki has been moved to the 60-day injured list with left elbow soreness. He is expected to be out of commission until at least the beginning of June.

  • Eric Sogard

    Thumb
    Prob Wed | probable

    Sogard sat out his second straight game due to a left thumb sprain but is expected to play against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

  • Ken Giles

    Wrist
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Giles was held out of the previous game with soreness in his right wrist, leaving his availability for Wednesday's tilt with the Red Sox in question.

  • Aaron Sanchez

    Finger
    Prob Wed | probable

    Sanchez exited the last game with a blister on his right middle finger. He is expected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

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san-francisco-giants Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Shaun Anderson 2 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 .667 1.000 .667
Hanser Alberto 36 31 123 9 36 3 0 3 13 48 2 15 0 .293 .390 .305
Pablo Sandoval 44 16 89 15 26 10 0 7 16 57 1 24 0 .292 .640 .315
Buster Posey 38 34 126 12 33 12 0 2 15 51 0 21 0 .262 .405 .314
Cameron Maybin 21 17 55 10 14 2 0 1 4 19 3 16 2 .255 .345 .379
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Sam Dyson 22 0 72 23 2 19 1 0 8 0 0 3 4 309
Reyes Moronta 20 0 64 34 1 15 2 1 9 0 0 6 12 426
Tony Watson 19 0 51 12 1 16 1 1 4 0 0 0 3 243
Trevor Gott 19 0 67 22 1 12 1 0 5 0 0 1 4 326
Will Smith 19 0 56 26 0 11 2 0 6 0 0 0 4 293
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Buster Posey 38 34 0 15 10 0 0 0
Stephen Vogt 13 6 0 7 1 0 0 1
Aramis Garcia 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
Alen Hanson 18 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
Brandon Belt 47 39 0 0 0 2 1 0