Blue Jays Series Preview: Jays Looking to Rock the Indians

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Apr 25, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher

Daniel Norris

(32) throws in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1: Daniel Norris (1-1, 4.43 ERA) vs T.J. House (0-3, 12.60 ERA)

It’s a battle of young lefties trying to find their way in the majors. Norris is coming off the best outing of his career, 1 run given up in 7 innings with 7 strikeouts. There was concern that he was going through a dead arm phase but methinks he is over that. If he can keep his pitches under control and be the strike thrower that he is he could definitely rebound from this so-so start. Bringing down the walks will be key and inching up his strikeout total just a bit. With the way Cleveland is hitting it may be easy breezy…well the way this season has played out we’ll see.

House came on like gangbusters last year and helped the Indians. In 102 innings he walked just 22 and struck out 80 batters and posted an ERA of 3.35. In 10 innings this year he has walked 9 and struck out 7. In the minors he was usually around a 3:1 K/BB so this is very out of character for him. If he puts it together he may have his he way with the struggling bats.