Aug 20, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
The Blue Jays are in the middle of a 7 game losing streak with their last 2 losses coming against the worst team in baseball.
It was the first time the Astro’s won 2 games in a row since June.
It didn’t hurt for them that the Jays had Chein Ming Wang and Todd Redmond starting the games.
But luckily Jays have a good chance of ending their misery today with a real starter Mark Buehrle on the mound.
With the other starters the Jays had in their rotation at the start of the season you wouldn’t expect Buehrle to be a “stopper” but here we are.
He was supposed to be the weakest link in this rotation, the guy that just eats innings and somewhat keeps games close.
But the Jays have gotten way less than they expected out of Dickey, Johnson, Morrow, Romero and Happ.
So Buehrle has become the Blue Jays’ most reliable pitcher this season after overcoming a slow start to the year. He has posted a 3.19 ERA since May 22 and has allowed more than three runs just once since July 20th.
When your 4th or 5th starter is doing that you’re going to win a lot of games. That’s why people thought the Jays were going to be good because that’s what Buehrle was supposed to be at the start of the season.
Buehrle also threw a complete game shutout when he faced the Astro’s earlier this season and is coming off holding the Yankees to 2 runs over 6 2/3 innings at Yankee Stadium which is no easy task.
Happ, Redmond and Wang also pitched a combined 11 2/3 innings in the last 3 games. Once again putting strain on the bullpen.
You always know worst case scenario Buehrle’s going to give you innings, even if he gives up to many runs.
The Jays need to end this losing streak and get a win for the sake of the fan bases sanity. Buehrle gives them the best chance of doing that.