Blue Jays set to face Angels in critical Wild Card series

3 of 4

Aug 7, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (28) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2: Saturday, August 22nd  –  9:05 ET
Marco Estrada (10-7, 3.20) vs. Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.43)

Marco Estrada continues to stay above water in 2015. Almost similarly to Chris Colabello, I quietly expect some form of regression but am thrilled with his continued success. While Estrada has run into some trouble with walks, issuing three in each of his past two outings, he seems to be settling into a nice groove once again.

In Estrada’s past three starts, he’s allowed just two earned runs over 19.0 innings pitched. His most recent outing saw two balls leave the yard, something he’s been prone to in the past, so Estrada will look to get his changeup working and keep some balls out of the air.

Andrew Heaney represents another tough matchup for the Jays on Saturday, as the former top prospect has excelled since coming to L.A. in the Howie Kendrick deal. The left-hander owns a 2.43 ERA on the season and allowed just one earned run over 6.0 innings pitched in his most recent outing against the Chicago White Sox. Some have raised concern over his career-high workload this season, but he hasn’t shown a single sign of slowing down.

Next: The Grand Finale: Dickey back on track?