Blue Jays Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles look to keep Jays grounded

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Apr 15, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher

Mark Buehrle

delivers a pitch against Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1: Bud Norris (0-1, 12.38 ERA) vs Mark Buehrle (2-0, 3.75 ERA)

People thought when Bud Norris got out of Houston that he would truly become one of the better pitchers in the AL. He did fairly well last year with a 15-8 record and a 3.65 ERA. However, a 4.22 FIP showed that the ERA was perhaps lower than it should have been, and that’s shown to be true thus far in 2015. The right-hander has given up 11 earned in 8 innings while opponents are hitting him to a tune of .353. Not getting the job done so far is an understatement. If he can turn things around starting in Toronto he will make a good rotation great. If not, it will be a dogfight from beginning to end for the AL East title.

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Mark Buehrle has been his same ol’, same ol’. Buehrle continues to truck along with a decent ERA, not many strikeouts, and a lot of hits that seem to go for naught. An official member of the 200 win club he will look to push that total up and keep proving himself to be, IMO a re-incarnation of Jack Morris with a fewer strikeouts. He pitches to win. It may not always be a pretty scene but he always wins. With rumors of retirement at the end of the season already floating around, you have to wonder if Buehrle has an immaculate run in the tank.