Blue Jays Series Preview: Jays Looking to Rock the Indians

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Apr 27, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher

Aaron Sanchez

(41) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3: Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 5.03 ERA) vs Corey Kluber (0-3, 4.24 ERA)

Sanchez is coming off his longest outing of the season…5 2/3 innings and 107 pitches. He was a little shaky at the begining but settled in nicely. The 22 year old is still finding his way and seems to have mechanical issues at times where his shoulder flies open or he has trouble finding his release point. It is possible he might get shuffled to the bullpen but for now he is battling hard. With a 1.68 WHIP is high because of his walk total but batters are getting to him at a reasonable .268 BAA. Fun Stat: in 52.2 innings pitched so far in the majors he has given up just one home run and his ground ball rate is 2.38. Those are definitely numbers to build on.

The reigning surprise Cy Young winner has no wins due to a bout of my-team-can’t-score-runs-for-me-itis.  His ERA is north of four and he is giving up more than a hit per inning which hasn’t helped. But if you look deeper his GB/FB ratio is 1 which is around the same as his 2014 season and his K:B ratio is a ridiculous 18:1. With more run support and a bit more control (4 Wild Pitches already) he will right the ship no problem.