Series Preview: Blue Jays Coast Through Tampa Bay

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Sep 28, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2: Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.15 ERA) vs Chris Archer (12-13, 3.26 ERA)

Estrada continues his magical season. He has given up 3 or less runs in 22 of 27 starts this season and owns the 5th best ERA in the American League.

Coming off his much discussed 29 homers given up in 2014 season, he didn’t seem to be an equal piece for fan favourite Adam Lind. Well, it has worked out well for both teams as one of the most beneficial trades of 2015. Estrada should be a shoo- in for the post-season rotation…dependent on how John Gibbons wishes to approach things. Let’s hope he finishes the 2015 regular season on a high note and makes it that much more difficult for Gibbons to keep him out of the post-season roation.

Chris Archer. Man, the Blue Jays lit him up at Rogers Centre. That isn’t good going into this game. Archer was a fringe Cy Young candidate going into that outing but it effectively took him right out of the running (and it didn’t help David Price….darn it…). Archer is still one of the best pitchers in the majors and has solidified himself as the clear number one option for the Rays going into 2016.  Going into this last start of the season he has 207 innings pitched and 246 Ks. That’s approaching Clayton Kershaw territory. This should be a great game to those who will be watching.

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