Series Preview: Blue Jays Ready for a Fight with the Indians

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Aug 28, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) throws the ball during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3: Trevor Bauer (11-11, 4.31 ERA) vs R.A. Dickey (9-10, 4.25 ERA)

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Bauer is one of those pitchers everyone wants. Young, power-armed and controllable. He is slowly becoming what he has projected to be.  His numbers are similar to 2014 at first glance but dig deeper and you see his BAA is 29 points lower and his WHIP is 10 points lower. He has great movement on his fastball and could give the Blue Jays fits if he is on his game. Right now Bauer is a 4 in the rotation. Next year he could be their number two between Salazar and Corey Kluber.

Dickey had a wee bit of a tough time this month against the Angels and the Phillies (5 earned in each). His BAA is .290 this month. He hasn’t been a sharp as he was in June or July but allow him a bit of leeway with the repertoire that he has. He keeps the team in games and the bullpen fresh by constantly going deep into games. Since April 24th he has gone at least 5 innings in every game but 1 (4 innings in the gamer against the Phillies). Given that he is much better at home this could be a blowout way to end the sweep.

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