Blue Jays Series Preview: Yankees step into the spotlight

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Sep 17, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2: Tuesday, September 22nd  –  7:07 ET
Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.14)  vs.  Luis Severino (4-3, 3.12)

It’s been a week of love for Marco Estrada, both here at Jays Journal and around the Jays media circuit. His last outing in Atlanta was perhaps his most finely crafted performance of 2015, throwing 8.0 shutout innings while allowing just three hits.

In spite of this, we still cannot write Estrada’s name into the playoff rotation with 100% certainty. This is unfair given his contribution to the team this season, but he and veteran Mark Buehrle may be in competition for the final spot in a four man rotation. As long as Estrada can avoid any signs of arm fatigue, though, he owns the inside edge.

The wildly talented Luis Severino will take the mound for New York, and I’m already dreading seeing this right-hander on a regular basis in the coming years. He’s coming off a strong outing against the Rays and has recorded wins in four of his last five games, but the one loss came to Toronto and it wasn’t pretty. The Jays put up 6 runs on 6 hits and three walks, chasing Severino after 2.1 innings in the Bronx.

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