Toronto Blue Jays series preview: On the road to Houston
May 5, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) gets ready to throw a pitch during the first inning in a game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. The New York Yankees won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Saturday, May 16th – 7:10 ET
Marco Estrada is scheduled to pitch the Saturday game for Toronto, which could be one of his final auditions to stay in a starting role. Daniel Norris is coming off a strong start in Buffalo, and assuming there are no roster moves made before this game, Norris may need just one more start before returning to the Blue Jays on the upswing.
Estrada did well to last 5.0 innings in his last start against the Orioles after a rocky first inning which featured two home runs, but he has clearly been stronger in a long relief role. Estrada’s changeup began to hang in the zone, and against a Houston roster that loves the long ball, this could be a risky matchup for the Blue Jays.
Houston will roll out the 32-year old Scott Feldman who sports a 2-4 record with a 5.23 ERA. Outside of two ugly starts, however, Feldman has been a consistent source of 6.0+ innings and has usually done well to keep the Astros involved. This is yet another starting pitcher who hovers around 90 MPH for the Astros, and Feldman will feature a cutter heavily, turning to a curveball later in counts.
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