Toronto Blue Jays look to stop skid against surging Angels

5 of 6

May 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) pitches during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3:  Wednesday, May 20th  –  7:07 ET

R.A. Dickey looks to quiet the doubters in the third game of this series while improving upon his 1-5 record.  Dickey has allowed 17 hits for 13 earned runs over his last 11.0 innings pitched, and at a certain point, the Blue Jays cannot afford to stand idly by as Dickey costs them games while attempting to sort out the issues with his knuckleball.

Unfortunately, there’s nowhere to put Dickey.  A stint in the Minor Leagues is wildly unlikely, while a trip to the bullpen makes very little sense.  Barring a complete and utter breakdown, Toronto may be stuck with Dickey every fifth day and left to hope that something clicks.  So far, it hasn’t been pretty, and it hasn’t looked close.

Thankfully for the Blue Jays, Jered Weaver will counter for the Angels and appears on the surface to be one of their more hittable pitchers to date.  His 4.44 ERA and 2-4 record are scaring anyone, but his last two starts have been incredible.  Following a complete game shutout of the Astros on May 8th, Weaver allowed just one run over 7.1 innings against Baltimore in his last outing.  Weaver’s fastball sits in the mid 80’s while his curveball hovers between 65-70 MPH.

Next: Game 4: Estrada closes out the series