Aug 25, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Sunday, August 30th – 1:07 ET
Mark Buehrle (13-6, 3.60) vs. Alfredo Simon (11-8, 4.89)
The Sunday finale sees the grizzled lefty Mark Buehrle on the hill, and much like Dickey, he’s looking to turn it around after some shaky pitching of late. Over Buehrle’s last two starts, he’s pitched 10.0 innings while allowing nine earned runs on 14 hits. Every ball that could fall against the Texas Rangers did fall, but Buehrle insisted that he was making the pitches he wants. I’ll trust the man and expect a bounce-back outing this time around.
Simon’s season has been all over the place as he’s allowed four or more earned runs in eight of his last 10 starts. His past two starts, however, paint quite the scattered picture. Simon allowed eight earned runs over 4.1 innings against the Angels last time out, but twirled a one-hit complete game shutout over the Los Angeles Angels the start before. Control has been a major issue for Simon, so a patient approach should serve the Blue Jays well.