Toronto Blue Jays hunting 12th straight win versus Mets

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Jun 10, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Scott Copeland (28) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2:  Tuesday, June 16th  –  7:10 ET (Citi Field)

Toronto will turn to Scott Copeland for his second start of the season in game two of the series as Aaron Sanchez has hit the DL with some quietly worrying “upper body soreness”.  The hope is that Sanchez requires just one more day of rest before re-assuming his role in the rotation, but in the meantime, Copeland is the man.

That’s not a bad thing, as Copeland held the Miami Marlins to just one earned run on six hits in his first start, striking out four.  He’s a ground ball machine, and opposing hitters consistently have trouble hitting the lower half of the baseball, resulting in a steady dose of infield choppers.

With Matt Harvey countering for the Mets, the Jays may be catching the star pitcher at the right time.  A string of poor outings has recently ballooned his ERA to a still-just-fine 3.62 as he’s allowed seven earned runs in two of his past four outings.  Like Syndergaard, Harvey will sit in the mid-90’s with his fastball, which he compliments with a strong curveball, slider and changeup.

Next: Game 3: Back to T.O. for Hutch