Blue Jays face tall challenge in Kansas City Royals

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Jul 26, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3: Saturday, August 1st  –  1:07 ET
Mark Buehrle (11-5, 3.29)  vs.  Yordano Ventura (5-7, 4.86)

The veteran lefty takes the mound to kick off August with a weekend matinee and looks to right the ship after a rare poor start his last time out. Buehrle allowed 10 hits and three earned runs against the Seattle Mariners, failing to record a full six innings. Regardless, this is Toronto’s ace right now, so here’s hoping that a heavy dosage of balls in play end up in Toronto gloves.

Ventura counters for the Royals, and despite his immense talent, the young righty has struggled to put it all together this season. Ventura was recently demoted then quickly recalled, and did have a strong outing in his most recent start against the Astros. This spot in the rotation could be impacted if a trade is made before Friday.

Game 4: Sunday, August 2nd  –  1:07 ET
TBD (0-0, Perfect ERA)  vs.  Edinson Volquez (10-5, 3.21)

This is where things get interesting for the Blue Jays. The recently DFAd Felix Doubront loses this spot in the rotation, and the obvious instinct is that the Jays are looking to add via trade before the deadline passes on Friday. If not, Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd are both candidate for this slot. Neither install a great deal of confidence at the moment, though.

Volquez is enjoying a nice season with KC, winning each of his last two starts. Volquez did face the Jays back on July 12th, taking a no decision after allowing one earned run over 5.1 IP. If there’s one hole to look for with Volquez, it may be walks. We know what Toronto’s 1-to-5 hitters can do with a free baserunner.

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