Series Preview: Blue Jays Look to Ground Astros

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Jun 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher

R.A. Dickey

(43) throws to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning in game one of a double header at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills


Game 3: Collin McHugh (6-2, 4.33 ERA) vs R.A. Dickey (2-6, 5.33 ERA)

After a 7 run shellacking at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on May 12, McHugh  has been decent. He still sports a rather ordinary .275 BAA. He kind of falls in the same line as Overholtzer.  a pretty good 2013 season and a sub-par 2014 season due to injury. If he could be somewhere in the middle, McHugh could be a very good number 3 in the rotation. He has the capabilities of more but until he is able to show that there will be some hesitation to anoint him anything but an average big league starter.

Dickey is on the decline. Sure he has a complete game this season but more often than not he is giving up runs in spades. He is lucky to have the run support he does. Funny thing is his BAA against isn’t too horrid (.263)  and his WHIP is average (1.34) . He has given up the second most homers in the AL (12) and has a penchant for giving up runs with runners in scoring position (16.10 ERA). IF he can stop giving up the run scoring hits then he will be fine. This Houston team may be the right start.