Blue Jays Series Preview: Jays Looking to Rock the Indians

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Apr 26, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher

Mark Buehrle

(56) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2:  Mark Buehrle (3-1, 4.94 ERA) vs Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 4.60 ERA)

Buehrle had a miserable start last time out in Tampa Bay…as do many of the Blue Jays pitchers when we get there…seriously…in the ’80s it was Milwaukee that gave us fits for no reason and for the past few years it has been a cemetery of crap as they consistently get their butts handed to them. Buehrle will always give up the hits but he usually can weasel his way out of them. He had 3 quality starts to begin the season so hopefully in the grand scheme of things his last start was an aberration (13 hits in 5 2/3….damn….).

In his last start Carrasco got pelted for 9 hits in 4.1 innings and his night was done. His peripherals tell a slightly different story. His K/9 is a hearty 13.2/9…second best for any pitcher with at least 15 innings. He has also issued only 3 walks. His area of concern  is giving up more than a hit per inning and the runners he puts on are scoring. Don’t be fooled. He is a power guy who has been coming into his own. This looks like a dangerous match-up for the Blue Jays.