Marco Estrada
SP TOR
2 weeks ago

Estrada (back) pitched 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while failing to record a strikeout in Saturday's exhibition game against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Saturday, his second Grapefruit League appearance, was Estrada's first start of the spring. The veteran was cruising -- allowing just one walk through the first eight batters he faced -- before giving up back-to-back doubles that ended his afternoon. "I'm really pleased with the way my body is feeling out there," Estrada said. "Things are still off, which they're expected to be. The more I get out there, the more comfortable I'll be, and basically that's what I'm trying to get at." Estrada decided to pass on playing for Team Mexico in the WBC so that he can work toward getting his back fully recovered from a nagging injury he suffered last season.

Marco Estrada
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3 weeks ago

Estrada (back) is unsure that he'll be healthy enough to pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, Jeff Odom of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Jays' crafty right-hander, who continues to deal with lingering effects stemming from last season's back injury, made his first spring appearance Sunday and tossed two scoreless frames against the Rays. After the game, Estrada mentioned it's still too early to decide whether he'll play in the WBC. For now, it's about getting his body right for MLB's regular season. "I've got to be ready for the Blue Jays first," Estrada said. "If I do play in the Classic, I want to be 100 percent for that. I don't want to go in at 75 percent or whatever, because I want to pitch my best. "I want to help them out, but also I have to make sure the Blue Jays come No. 1." Estrada's 1.09 WHIP over the past two seasons is fifth-best in the AL, although in fairness, he's benefited from the league's most fortunate BABIP (.227) during that span.

Marco Estrada
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1 month ago

Estrada said he feels much healthier than he has in a long time, but still deals with some lingering back aches caused by last season's injury, the National Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran acknowledged that last season's back issues -- which caused him to begin 2016 on the DL -- still ache every now and again, but ultimately the sensation is much different than the pain he felt last year. However, hearing Estrada, who's entering his 10th season at 33-years-old, mention that he feels a back "ache" should raise owners' eyebrows. The right-hander started a career-high 29 games in 2016 while managing the AL's sixth-best WHIP (1.12). Estrada has evolved into a finesse pitcher in recent years as his pitch velocity continues to drop (his 88.1 mph average fastball last season was a career low). After failing to top 150 innings in any of his first six MLB seasons, Estrada has now accomplished the feat for three consecutive campaigns.

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
5 months ago

Estrada pitched eight very strong innings, but was still tagged with the loss in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Indians on Friday. He allowed two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six.

EDGE Analysis

Estrada has come through for the Blue Jays time and time again during the postseason over the past two years. He did more of the same on Friday night, but unfortunately for him, one simple mistake overshadowed everything else. Estrada was borderline flawless with the exception of a poorly located changeup in the sixth inning. Francisco Lindor made him pay with a two-run homer to right-center in Cleveland's 2-0 victory. The right-hander became the first Toronto starter to throw a complete game this year and only the second in franchise history to toss one during the postseason. The lack of run support is nothing new to Estrada, who finished the year with just nine wins despite posting a 3.48 ERA over 29 starts. He deserved a much better fate Friday, but with such a small margin for error, one mistake was all it took. Unless the Indians somehow pull off a four-game sweep, Estrada will get to pitch at least once more during the ALCS. The 33-year-old is tentatively scheduled for Game 5 in Toronto on Wednesday.

Marco Estrada
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5 months ago

Manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday that Estrada will start Game 1 of the Blue Jays' ALCS matchup with the Indians, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

EDGE Analysis

Estrada was exceptional in a victory over the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS, allowing just one earned run over 8.1 innings, so Gibbons decided to use him in the opening game for the second series in a row. The Blue Jays will likely use four starters during the ALCS, which would put Estrada in line to also start a potential Game 5 next week.

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
6 months ago

Estrada didn't factor into the decision Friday against the Red Sox, giving up only an earned run on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty has settled back in over his last three starts after a rough stretch in late August and early September. Estrada has only given up two earned runs over the 19 innings encompassing his last three trips to the mound, while also recording 19 whiffs over that span. He wraps up 2016 with a nine-victory tally that represents the second-highest total in that category over his career.

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
6 months ago

Estrada (9-9) allowed one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out seven Sunday, but came away with a no-decision in a 4-3 win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Roberto Osuna's blown save kept Estrada from recording his second straight season with double digit wins. It's his second straight quality start though, and he seems to be rounding back into form just in time for a possible playoff run. Estrada will take the mound for the final time during the regular season Friday in what could be a huge game for the Jays in Boston.

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
6 months ago

Estrada (9-9) threw seven shutout innings and allowed just one hit and three walks with eight strikeouts in Monday's win over the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Estrada showed he can still pitch extremely well despite the herniated disc in his back. He only needed 97 pitches to get through seven innings and had a no hitter until Robinson Cano singled to center to lead off the seventh inning. This marks Estrada's first quality start since August 29 against Baltimore, and as the Jays fight for a playoff spot, it couldn't have come at a better time.

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
6 months ago

Estrada has been pitching with a herniated disk in his back, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

EDGE Analysis

He had a back-related DL stint in July, but it's worth noting that he's not recovered, he's simply been pitching through a lot of pain and discomfort. This helps explain why he has failed to log more than 5.1 innings in all but one start since coming off the DL. Estrada has a 5.47 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 52.2 innings since being activated from the DL after the All-Star break.

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
6 months ago

Estrada (8-9) allowed four runs on four hits, struck out seven and walked three over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander wasn't able to get through six frames, and when John Gibbons called upon relief pitcher Matt Dermody, the stranded runner Estrada left on base scored. Two of the other three runs he allowed came on a homer, and the other scored on a single. Estrada is now 8-9 with a 3.78 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 146 strikeouts in 157 innings. His next start will be Monday against the Mariners.