The Houston Astros got to Aaron Sanchez early and often last night, as they got started with 3 runs in the 1st inning to go ahead 3-0. They added 3 more runs in the bottom of the 2nd to take a 6-0 lead into the 3rd inning and then it ballooned into an 8-0 game shortly after. You get point and the lead only went up from there. Sanchez exited the contest with 6 hits and 8 earned runs allowed.
That’s not the best marketing for the Blue Jays as they likely look for a suitor for Sanchez at the trade deadline. Marcus Stroman is going to shopped around to other teams as well. The goal for the Blue Jays is to have a contending team put together for when Vlad. Jr is in his prime. He’s destined to be a franchise player and the Jays are well aware. Progress from the young players on the roster is all the Jays are looking for at this point.
If they do initiate trades for Sanchez, Stroman, or both of them, it’s going to be one heck of an ugly rotation for the Jays in the meantime. Edwin Jackson is playing right now just because Toronto are desperate to have bodies to throw on the bump. Despite getting destroyed as a Blue Jay this season, the Blue Jays continue to give him appearances because there isn’t anything else.
Clay Buchholz may be ready to return by then, but he’s on the 60-day IL with a shoulder injury, and who knows if that lingers until the end of the season. Buchholz hasn’t been strong anyway, but he would be a warm body for the Blue Jays to have out there throwing pitches.
Veteran Clayton Richard is in the same boat as Edwin Jackson. He hasn’t been as bad as Edwin, but that isn’t saying much. Richards will get the starting nod in this spot, while the Astros will get with newcomer to the rotation, Framber Valdez. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Astros pick.
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Clayton Richard will have to be better tonight if he wants to slow down the Astro offense. They were on fire last night against Aaron Sanchez, who is one of their better options in the rotation compared to the others they are throwing out there. He’s also going to have to be better than what Richards has been doing recently.
Richard was tattooed for 7 runs against the Diamondbacks on the 9th. He lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed 7 hits and 2 walks as well. It was only the fourth start of the year for Richard, who is in the rotation out of desperation in Toronto. After getting mauled for 7 runs, his ERA went all the way up to 7.04 with a 8.74 WHIP and 2.03 WHIP in his previous three outings. Richard had a full compliment of games in 2018 with the Padres, finishing with a 5.33 ERA in 27 starts.
The Astros have been dealing with injuries of their own to the starting rotation in Houston. Lance McCullers and Collin McHugh, two very capable pitchers have been on the shelf for the ‘Stros. McHugh is beginning a minor league stint for rehab, while McCullers is gone for the year after shoulder surgery. However, unlike the Blue Jays, the Astros have tremendous depth and have been getting production out of others, such as Framber Valdez.
Whether it’s out of the bullpen or as a starter, Valdez has done everything that the Astros have asked of him this season. He made eight appearances with five starts last season and was sharp with an ERA of 2.19. Valdez made 14 showings as a reliever before getting the call to start this season.
He made the most of it held the Orioles to 1-run across 7 innings. Note that Valdez has allowed only 2 runs in his last 17 innings on the bump. In his last 14.2 innings, he’s allowed only 9 hits and a single run. Don’t expect a beatdown like last night, but look for the ‘Stros to win by multiple runs on Saturday against the Jays.