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WATCH: Estrada: I think we have one of the best rotations in the game

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada talks about the strength of his teams five starters and how there really isn't a number one, two or three, they are all just effective pitchers who bring something different to the table.
Via SportsNetCanada
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Estrada’s Effective Afternoon, and a HR Derby

There is nothing exceptional about Marco Estrada. I say that not only as a general watcher of baseball, but also a Brewers fan who got to see him pitch from 2010 through 2014. But as he showed us Thursday afternoon in Texas, you don’t need to be exceptional to be effective. Don’t believe me? Just ask Cole Hamels, who used to be both. Nowadays, he’s typically just the latter...
Via The Sports Post
October 07, 2016  |  Discuss

The Rangers’ Worst Swings Against Marco Estrada

When I used to come in to pitch, I’d take my eight warm-ups from the mound, and almost without fail I’d hear loud shouts from the other dugout that “this guy’s got nothing!” For the most part this was because they were right, I had nothing, I should’ve been terrible, but what I think kept me from being truly terrible was their own overconfidence. I was never the best...
Via Fangraphs
October 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada on Spin, Speed Differential, and Simplicity

Marco Estrada is notable in several respects. The 32-year-old Blue Jays right-hander has elite spin rate and perceived rise on his four-seam fastball. He also has a bugs-bunny changeup; last year, the speed differential between his heater and his change was the most extreme among qualified pitchers. His BABIP is routinely well below average. He’s also coming off a career-best season...
Via Fangraphs
April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Ace Marco Estrada A Tough Matchup For Red Sox Lineup (Video)

Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada is one of the best pitchers in the American League, and he’ll pose a tough challenge for the Boston Red Sox in Saturday’s game at Fenway Park. He pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball in an April 10 win over Boston Check out the video above to hear Red Sox manager John Farrell talk about Estrada.
April 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Mark Buehrle will either retire or pitch for Cardinals

Mark Buehrle had another very fine season for the Toronto Blue Jays, but he may not return to the American League team next year. In a column about the Jays’ starting pitching options in light of the team’s deal with Marco Estrada, The Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott writes that “Buehrle will either retire or pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals, his home town team.” Buehrle...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada re-signs with the Blue Jays

You can remove Marco Estrada’s name from the free agent market. The right-hander, 32, re-signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on a two-year deal, which will pay him $26.5 million, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. As Davidi mentions, Estrada will earn $11.5 million in 2016 and $14.5 in 2017. He seemed like a logical candidate to accept the Blue Jays $15.8 million qualifying offer...
Via The Outside Corner
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada Isn’t Just a One-Year Fluke

Toronto has made the first move toward retooling its starting rotation, reportedly resigning Marco Estrada to a two-year deal worth $26 million. Estrada is 32 years old and coming off a career-best season, but also had just ~$10 million in combined career earnings before this offseason, and would have entered the market with draft pick compensation tied to him in a rich free agent...
Via Fangraphs
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada is an excellent buy-low target

Marco Estrada had been making a name for himself during the playoffs before the Blue Jays run ended. He tossed 19.1 innings over three starts, earning a 2-1 record. He has a 2.33 ERA and 3.08 FIP in those starts. His regular season career numbers aren’t quite that good, but he does provide a team with a sneaky good pitcher capable of handling both starting and relieving duties...
Via The Outside Corner
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada: AL Contact Manager of the Year

Coming into the postseason, the Blue Jays were regarded widely as the favorites to win it all. A historically great offense, a souped-up roster fueled by the trading deadline acquisitions of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price… what could possibly go wrong? Well, the vagaries of postseason randomness quickly paid them a visit, and within 24 hours from the first pitch of Game 1, they...
Via Fangraphs
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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