Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada pitched well in a loss to the Royals on Friday, allowing two runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two over 6.2 innings.

He has now allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, lowering his ERA nearly 75 points over that span (from 4.24 to 3.52). After a two-hour rain delay, Estrada came out firing, using the spacious Kauffman Stadium to his advantage to record nine flyball outs. The 32-year-old was removed prior to an at-bat against Eric Hosmer after throwing 101 pitches. While his K:BB ratio isn't tremendous (67:28 K:BB), Estrada has been the stable member of the Blue Jays' rotation, giving up just four homers in his last nine outings.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada picked up the win on Sunday, pitching five innings, giving up two earned runs while scattering five hits and a walk.

After starting the season in the bullpen, Estrada has been one of the brightest spots of the Blue Jays' pitching rotation, going 5-1 over his last five starts. Estrada's biggest problem is racking up high pitch counts, needing 101 pitches to get through just five innings. With a 3.59 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and a 67:28 K:BB ratio, Estrada has quickly established himself as a stalwart of the Jays' rotation.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over just 2.1 innings Tuesday against the Red Sox.

The home run ball that plagued him all of 2014 reared its head Tuesday, as Estrada gave up two solo shots while amassing 73 pitches in just over two innings of work. The Blue Jays said Tuesday that Aaron Sanchez may head to the bullpen once he is activated from the DL, so Estrada's fine pitching prior to Tuesday's outing appears to have bought him some time. That said, if there are more starts where he reverts back to his homer-surrendering days of 2014 he won't be long for the Jays' rotation.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada toyed with a no-hitter for the second consecutive start Wednesday, carrying it into the eighth inning and striking out 10 while allowing two hits over 8.2 scoreless frames against the Rays.

Logan Forsythe broke it up by hitting an infield single with Estrada just five outs away from history. Unfortunately, this game took 12 innings to decide, so Estrada didn't even end up with a win for his spectacular effort. He's given up three hits over 15.2 innings over these two starts, though, and the Jys have won all five of his outings in June. Estrada seems to be finding a new gear here, and he's quite suddenly gained relevance in a variety of formats. His next start will be Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada flirted with a no-hitter, eventually allowing one run on one hit, walking four and striking out six over seven-plus innings of a 5-4 win against the Orioles on Friday night.

Estrada (5-3, 3.92 ERA) had not allowed a hit through seven shutout innings, but departed after allowing a lead-off single in the eighth having tossed 118 pitches (75 for strikes). He did not allow a home run, something that has haunted him since moving into the rotation, and he could be a serviceable back-of-the-rotation starter if he can continue to keep the ball in the yard.

Marco Estrada P TOR 2 months ago

Estrada picked up his fourth win of the season Sunday against the Red Sox. He gave up five earned runs in five innings, striking out three.

Despite giving up the most earned runs in a game he had all season, Estrada walked away with his third straight victory. Going into the fifth with a 10-run lead, Estrada gave up all five runs including a three-run home run to David Ortiz with one out, but managed to work his way out of any additional trouble. That's now a home run allowed in six of his eight starts and is a primary factor holding Estrada back from being too reliable an option for fantasy owners.

Marco Estrada P TOR 3 months ago

Estrada improved to 3-3 with a quality start against Miami on Tuesday. He allowed seven hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out three.

The main damage was done by a Giancarlo Stanton home run, a predictable outcome given both players' historical proclivities toward the long ball. If he can survive the obligatory homer, Estrada can deliver decent starts like these, but he hasn't allowed fewer than one home run per nine innings in his entire career, and that trend isn't ending this year (1.20 HR/9).

Marco Estrada P TOR 3 months ago

Estrada (2-3) struck out five as he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

For the second consecutive game, Estrada kept the ball in the ballpark. After allowing a staggering 29 home runs over 150.2 innings in 2014, he has allowed only six in 45.1 innings this season. He will look to continue his recent success at home on Monday versus the Marlins.

Marco Estrada P TOR 3 months 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 3 months 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.