Blue Jays Series Preview: Atlanta Braves ripe for the picking

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Sep 12, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada (25) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees during the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3: Thursday, September 17th  –  7:10 ET
Marco Estrada (12-8, 3.31)  vs.  Matt Wisler (5-7, 5.60)

The changeup guru closes this one out, and while Estrada has pitched very well since the calendar turned to August, his last outing against the New York Yankees wasn’t his finest.

Estrada lasted just five innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits as he struggled to find the right combination between his fastball and change. Don’t lose sight of the fact that Estrada does not have a long track record of working a high innings limit deep into seasons, so his strength and endurance will be something to monitor.

Atlanta will close out the series with Wisler, a top young arm who came over in the Craig Kimbrel trade from San Diego. Unfortunately, 2015 has not been kind to the right-hander as he’s bounced between the rotation and a relief role, finding success in neither. His most recent outing against the Mets was encouraging, however, and the talent is certainly there. Toronto’s veteran order has enjoyed their time facing young pitchers, though.

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