Aug 6, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcherMark Buehrle
(56) throws a pitch during the first inning in a game against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2: Aaron Brooks (1-0, 2.41 ERA) vs Mark Buehrle (12-5, 3.34 ERA)
Brooks was in the package that saw the A’s ship Ben Zobrist to Kansas City. He has started two games for his new team and given up just 1 earned run in each of them. Opponents are hitting only .176 since the trade and the A’s may have found another under the radar trade that will help bolster their pitching staff going into 2016. The 9th round pick has never wowed anyone with his power arm but he mixes things up well and could give the Jays bats fits…is what I would normally say if this wasn’t the 2015 post trade deadline Jays.
Helping to secure this game will be other worldly Mark Buehrle. If he doesn’t retire, the Jays would be foolish to let him continue to ply his trade elsewhere. Buehrle is a winner. That is what he has always been and what he will be till the day he hangs them up for good. In his last 15 games he is 7-3 with a 2.56 ERA, 92 hits in 109 innings and a WHIP of 0.90. 9 out of 10 soft tossers will get drilled in this day and age but Buehrle defies logic…this year even for him. Well known to give up scores of hits but never letting them come around to score Buehrle is not even giving up a slew of hits anymore. He gets better and better and has an outside shot at 250 career wins if he decides to let ‘er rip for a few more seasons.
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