Blue Jays Series Preview: Time to Knockout the Orioles
May 5, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) throws a pitch during the first inning in a game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.93 ERA) vs Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2, 2.36 ERA) 7:05 EDT
Marco Estrada did exactly as some expected him to do in his first start…get lit up and give up a home run. 4 earned in less than 5 innings is not what the Blue Jays were counting on though. Hopefully he can give more in this game. If he continues to show he is ill equipped to be in the rotation it would make more sense to either bring Daniel Norris back up or see if perhaps Randy Wolf or Johan Santana is ready for a whirl.
Ubaldo Jimenez has been fantastic so far this season. In three of his starts he gave up 0 runs and in the other 2 it was 4 and 3. His K:BB is above average (23:10) and there is definitely room for improvement. His batting average against is a paltry .174 and his GO/AO rate is an even 2. Almost a K an inning and a great ground ball rate? With the defense behind him these numbers are to be expected.
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