Saturday, May 25, 2019 | 3:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario
Cal Quantrill (0-2, 5.40, 1.73) vs. Edwin Jackson (0-1, 6.30, 1.50)
The homecoming tour continues for the Padres as Paul Quantrill's boy, Cal, makes his first appearance in Toronto, a day after Josh Naylor made his homecoming. The Quantrills are from Port Hope, a hour or so east of Toronto.
The Blue Jays look to continue the youth movement as they take on the Padres in game two of a three-game series after losing the opener last night. Edwin Jackson will make his third Blue Jay start, going up against Quantrill.
If the Jays are going to beat Quantrill, they'll need to strike early. After his first three starts, Quantrill has allowed a .611 batting average in the first inning and just .233 after that.
An interesting factoid - Justin Verlander just made his 50th start with the Astros after coming over in a trade from the Tigers. How does his first 50 starts compare with other legends who changed teams?
Roger Clemens first 50 in Toronto: 366.2 IP, 2.53 ERA, 394 K, 119 BB
Pedro Martinez first 50 in Boston: 358.1 IP, 2.59 ERA, 421 K, 89 BB
Justin Verlander first 50 in Houston: 320.1 IP, 2.30 ERA, 422 K, 59 BB (and a World Series ring)
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a pretty spectacular stretch.
Jayson Stark's Useless Info tidbits: (in place of the usual trivia/one-time Jay tidbits)
- Gregory Soto of the Tigers became the first pitcher to get two hits in a game off Noah Syndergaard; in seven years in professional baseball, he had never had an at-bat until yesterday
- Pablo Lopez of the Marlins had an interesting week: May 10th - gave up 10 earned runs to the Mets. May 18th - gave up one hit, zero runs in 7 innings to the Mets. Nobody's ever had a two-start stretch like that in back-to-back starts against the same team. That one hit given up in the second game came on the very first pitch of the game and ... bupkes after that
- Kris Bryant became the first to have a 3-HR game where his HRs came in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings
- The Nationals' bullpen has a collective 7.02 ERA so far this season, including 8.82 in the 8th inning alone
This is your "Cal, have a good-but-not-too-good start" game threat.