Marco Estrada P TOR 1 day ago

Estrada allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Estrada got his stuff back under control in this one, as he'd walked seven over his last two starts, but he also struck out 13 in that span, as opposed to Wednesday's two. Still, it's a decent outing, and one that certainly won't motivate the Jays to remove him from the rotation in the short term. He'll next draw the Nationals on Tuesday.

Marco Estrada P TOR 6 days ago

Estrada allowed four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out five over seven innings of a 4-3 loss to the Mariners on Friday night.

Estrada (1-3, 3.90 ERA) was again haunted by timely big hits off the opponent's bats. This time it was a two-run triple by Logan Morrison in the fourth inning, and a solo home run by Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning. Overall, he has pitched reasonably well since stepping into the rotation, and he should be stretched out now (he threw 101 pitches, 64 for strikes in this one), but his tendency to serve up home runs will potentially continue to be a danger, especially in the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 weeks ago

Estrada lasted just five innings, but struck out eight with only two runs allowed in the 6-5 loss to the Astros on Saturday.

Estrada was set up for a win, leading after his five innings, but Jeff Francis proceeded to blow to by allowing a three-run homer to Chris Carter. Estrada allowed only three hits in the game and is sporting a solid 3.55 ERA. His next start comes Thursday when Toronto hosts the Angels.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 weeks ago

Estrada struck out four and walked two while holding the Orioles to three runs on five hits over five innings in a loss to Baltimore on Monday night.

He gave up a pair of first-inning home runs, but settled down after that to help limit the wear and tear on the Toronto bullpen somewhat. Daniel Norris is currently on the same schedule as Estrada in the rotation at Triple-A Buffalo, so it's possible that a role change is on top in the coming weeks for Estrada if Norris can get back on track with the Bisons. Estrada will face the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Saturday in his next scheduled start.

Marco Estrada P TOR 3 weeks ago

Estrada gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out three over 4.2 innings Tuesday against the Yankees.

This really does not come as a huge surprise, as Estrada has been quite poor as a starting pitcher in recent seasons, and was only becoming useful again thanks to a new bullpen role with Toronto. For a multitude of reasons, Estrada is more effective as a reliever, but the Blue Jays' current situation may mean he will get an extended look in the rotation. The one bright spot for Estrada was that he didn't walk anyone Tuesday. Naturally he gave up a home run to Mark Teixeira, a past time he will revert to again and again if he is left in the rotation.

Marco Estrada P TOR 4 weeks ago

Estrada will join the Blue Jays' rotation, Barry Davis of reports.

Daniel Norris was demoted to Triple-A on Friday, creating the opening for Estrada. While Estrada has been outstanding so far this season, with five straight scoreless appearances (spanning 9.2 innings) since giving up a run in his debut, he struggled in a starting role with the Brewers last season. The right-hander gave up 29 home runs, more than anyone else in baseball, despite spending the final two months in the bullpen. His first start figures to come Tuesday against the Yankees.

Marco Estrada P TOR 1 month ago

Estrada picked up the win in relief of Drew Hutchison for the Blue Jays in their 11-8 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Estrada tossed three scoreless innings, walking two and striking out three while not conceding a hit. After giving up a run in his first outing of the season, that's now five straight appearances and 9.2 consecutive scoreless innings. With Aaron Sanchez struggling in the rotation, Estrada may get a chance to start some games this season if the team decides to move Sanchez back to the bullpen. With that being said, he has limited fantasy value until then and fantasy owners may want to see how his starts go before deploying him.

Marco Estrada P TOR 1 month ago

Estrada stuck out three and gave up one hit in one inning of work in Tuesday's 13-6 win over the Orioles.

Estrada hasn't been used in many high leverage situations, but has done a good job out of the bullpen after his first appearance when he conceded a home run. In his three appearances since, he's pitched 5.1 innings, racking up eight strikeouts against three hits, one walk and no earned runs. Estrada likely won't supplant any starters barring injury, but seems like the most likely replacement were anyone to go down. Even with a 11.37 strikeout per nine rate, he has limited fantasy value.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada (ankle) has lost out on the fifth spot in the starting rotation, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Estrada entered camp with a chance at securing a rotation spot, and indicated he'd prefer to serve in that role, but it appears he will likely be moved into a long relief role. He should also likely serve as the team's sixth starter, and would be in line to take over should one of the others in the rotation suffer an injury.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada tweaked his ankle, and his next start will now be pushed back to Saturday's split-squad game, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Estrada seems to be behind Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris for the final two spots in the rotation, leaving the veteran right-hander as the likely sixth starter in the organization. Assuming his ankle issue isn't too serious, Estrada should open the season as a middle/long reliever in the big-league bullpen.