Jul 1, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcherMark Buehrle
delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Mark Buehrle (9-5, 3.38 ERA) vs Chris Young (7-4, 2.89 ERA)
The burly Buehrle continues to baffle and amaze. With a repertoire of slow and slower, he has managed to bring down his ERA every game in his past 11 starts. He still gives up hits but he keeps his walks down and that attributes directly to his WHIP of 1.19 even though his BAA against is .265. The Royals should be an interesting match-up for him but until he does falter I see no reason to think he will drop the ball on this one. He’s like the Blue Jays own distorted version of Greg Maddux out there. Spot the ball and the batter will be yours.
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Chris Young is a big dude. He is 6’10” tall and throws a great live fastball. In 4 of his past 6 starts he has given up 1 or no runs. HIs ERA reflects that. It doesn’t reflect the off games where he gives up 6 or 7 runs. Those are truly blips that every pitcher goes through at some point during a season. With a 1.01 WHIP and a BAA against of .202 this may be the kind of guy to give the struggling Blue Jays bats absolute fits. Tell you what though…this is going to be one heck of a pitchers duel.