Aug 30, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) pitches against Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Monday, September 7th – 1:35 ET
Mark Buehrle (14-6, 3.53) vs. Rick Porcello (6-12, 5.21)
Mark Buehrle takes the hill for game one after having his start flipped back a day on two occasions for David Price and Marco Estrada. While the veteran lefty insists he’s fine, this is the first time in 2015 that I’m a little worried about Buehrle.
Coming off two straight rough outings in late August, Buehrle bounced back in his last outing against the Detroit Tigers, allowing just one run over 6.0 innings pitched. His velocity has been flat, though, even moreso than usual. For a pitcher that puts a great deal of balls in play already, the Blue Jays will really need to be on their toes, especially in the unique confines of Fenway Park.
Rick Porcello will counter for the Red Sox, and despite some very ugly 2015 numbers, the Blue Jays aren’t catching him at the right time. The righty has been his old self since returning from the disabled list, and is coming off his strongest outing of the season. Porcello allowed just one run against the New York Yankees on September 1st, striking out 13 batters. This could be a good one.
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