Marco Estrada SP TOR 3 days ago

Estrada (1-2) only had one bad inning where he was charged with three runs, which was enough for him to take the loss Wednesday versus the White Sox. He also struck out five and walked four in 6.2 frames.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Through the first six innings, Estrada kept Chicago off the scoreboard and only allowed one hit, but he yielded a triple with two runners on and two outs in the seventh. That was enough, as the White Sox won 4-0. Estrada hasn't won since Opening Day, but the Blue Jays have scored just four runs over his last three outings. His next start will be Tuesday versus the Rangers.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 1 week ago

Estrada worked around 10 baserunners -- six hits and four walks -- thanks to nine strikeouts over five innings Thursday in a no-decision against Baltimore.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He left with the lead, but the bullpen blew it. Although his WHIP is a little high because of all the men he put on base Thursday, it looks from this small early sample like Estrada's a strong candidate to repeat last year's effectiveness (3.13 ERA), which should lead to a good number of wins behind a strong Toronto offense. He'll next draw the White Sox on Tuesday.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 2 weeks ago

Estrada (1-1) surrendered eight hits, four earned runs and a walk over six innings in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Red Sox. He struck out three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran right-hander had stymied Boston on Apr. 10 at Rogers Centre to the tune of seven shutout innings of five-hit ball, but encountered considerably less success at Fenway. Staked to a 1-0 lead entering the home half of the third, Estrada was hit in the leg by Jackie Bradley's hard grounder, which seemed to affect him going forward. One out later, four of the next five Red Sox hitters proceeded to hit safely in what turned out to be a four-run inning. Estrada gave up his first homer of the season to Xander Bogaerts as part of that frame, and was pulled after 96 pitches. He'll try to rebound in his next trip to the mound, which should come next Thursday in Baltimore.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 3 weeks ago

To be effective against left-handed hitters, Estrada is developing a cutter to supplement his fastball, the Jays Journal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Estrada's excellent Sunday debut against the Red Sox, where he threw seven innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts, saw him throw 16 cutters (17.58 percent of his pitches). The majority of these cutters were called instead of fastballs. Lefties went just 2-for-10 against Estrada on Sunday. He has been working on the pitch since last season, but has made significant changes to the way he throws the pitch. It's worth noting that his 16 cutters from Sunday had an average release velocity of 86.70 MPH, well down from his average of 88.41 MPH in 2015.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 3 weeks ago

Estrada (1-0) tossed seven scoreless innings Sunday, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out eight, in a 3-0 win over the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was an impressive performance, especially considering the 16 runs that Boston had piled up in the previous two games of the series. Estrada will get another crack at the BoSox in his next start, Friday at Fenway Park.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 3 weeks ago

Estrada (back) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Estrada's 2016 debut had been delayed by back tightness that plagued him for most of the spring, but he'll take the hill Sunday against an offensively tough AL Central opponent. He'll take the roster spot of Franklin Morales, who was placed on the DL Sunday with arm fatigue.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 4 weeks ago

Estrada (back) is in line to make his season debut Sunday against the Red Sox, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After landing on the disabled list to start the year as a result of a sore back, Estrada fared well in a minor league game Monday, giving up one run on three hits across five innings. Of utmost importance was mustering 88 pitches, though, which exhibited the type of workload he's capable of at the moment.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 1 month ago

Estrada (back) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Blue Jays placed a number of players on the disabled list Saturday in advance of Opening Day, and Estrada's placement on there was expected. He'll miss his first start, but the March 26 retroactive date lines him up to make his season debut April 10.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 1 month ago

Manager John Gibbons expects Estrada (back) to make his first start Sun., Apr. 10 against the Red Sox, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Estrada will likely begin his season on the disabled list, but it's only expected to cost him one start. The Jays are just being cautious and giving him some extra time to build up arm strength, as Estrada hasn't suffered any setbacks with his back injury.

Marco Estrada SP TOR 1 month ago

Estrada (back) felt good after making his second spring start Friday, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Estrada made two starts over the last week after missing the early portion of camp due to his back injury. He threw just 37 pitches in Friday's outing, but he is still hoping to be ready to go by Opening Day.