Blue Jays Set to Host White Sox in Search of .500

By Austindebay
Jun. 16, 2017

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

TORONTO, ON - For the 7th time this season, the Toronto Blue Jays (32-33) look to break even at the .500 mark. The Jays are 0-6 in games which they had the chance to hit .500 so far this season, looking to reach the mark for the first time this year. In their way is the AL Central last place holders, the Chicago White Sox (29-36). The Sox enter play today 5-5 in their last 10 in the midst of another losing season.

After a 2-11 start to the 2017 season for the Jays, and dealing with many star players like Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Russell Martin, Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ and Roberto Osuna on the DL, it was never imagined they would rebound back into playoff contention.

After an 18-10 record in the month of May to bring Toronto back to life, they are currently 6-6 so far in June. Coming off a 2 game series split with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Jays are looking to once again string some wins together.

As for Chicago they come into tonight's game 6 games out of first in the struggling AL central despite being just 26-36. In a positive note for the Blue Jays, the White Sox have struggled on the road, with a 14-24 record away from home. The Sox are coming off of a 4 game series vs the Baltimore Orioles as they took 3 of 4 and look to continue their winning ways tonight at Rogers Centre.

Leading the way so far this season for Toronto has been Justin Smoak, who so far has been one of the leagues best sluggers this season. Entering play tonight he has 18 homers and is slashing a respectable .293/.353/.586.

Steve Pearce will return from the disabled list tonight and is plated to start in left field, it will be his first game since May 14th. INF/OF Chris Coghlan (wrist) was placed on the 10 day DL as the corresponding roster move.

Joe Biagini will start for his 8th time this season, he is 1-5 so far despite putting up a 3.38 ERA. Chicago will counter with lefty Jose Quintana who is 2-8 with a 5.30 ERA.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM EST at Rogers Centre.

Starting Lineups:

Home: Toronto Blue Jays

CF Kevin Pillar

3B Josh Donaldson

RF Jose Bautista

DH Kendrys Morales

1B Justin Smoak

SS Troy Tulowitzki

C Russell Martin

LF Steve Pearce

2B Darwin Barney

P Joe Biagini

Visitors: Chicago White Sox

CF Alen Hanson

LF Melky Cabrera

1B Jose Abreu

RF Avisail Garcia

3B Todd Frazier

DH Matt Davidson

SS Tim Anderson

C Omar Narvaez

2B Yolmer Sanchez

P Jose Quintana

By: Austin DeBay