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Game #137 Preview: Valdez vs Buchholz

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Astros (88-48) vs Blue Jays (54-82)

Houston Astros v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

The Blue Jays will look to rebound after a frustrating loss last night and try to take game 2 of their 3 game series against the visiting Astros. Today’s game is set to get underway at 3:07 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Veteran righty Clay Buchholz will make his second post-injury start this afternoon, and if it goes anything like his first, I think we’ll all be ecstatic. Last Sunday in Seattle, Buchholz held the Mariners to 2 runs on 3 hits over 6 innings, striking out 3 and walking none on just 65 pitches. I would imagine he’ll be able to get his pitch count up into the 80s today.

Even with that strong start his last time out, when Buchholz has been on the mound for the Jays, the results haven’t been that encouraging. He is 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA in 6 starts, with a 5.37 FIP. He’s averaging just 5 innings per start, and while that might seem impressive on this roster, it’s still not very much. The one good thing that he is doing is limiting the free passes, as he has walked just 6 in his 30.2 innings.

Astros’ Starter

The Astros will send out lefty Framber Valdez, making his 7th start and 22nd appearance overall at the big league level. Overall, he is 4-6 with a 5.14 ERA, although that gets a bit worse if you look at just his time starting, as it becomes a 6.58 ERA. In his 26 innings as a starter, he has allowed 19 runs on 27 hits, allowing 14 walks and 5 home runs, but has at least struck out 28.

Valdez did face the Jays back in June when these 2 teams met. He made it through 6 innings, while allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8 and not allowing any home runs. The Jays strung together 3 of their 4 singles in that inning, and combined them with a sac fly to allow them to score their 2 runs.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Astros’ Lineup

Yesterday’s Heroes

Todd Frazier went 2-4 with a pair of home runs and also picked up a walk while driving in 6 runs to earn the Monster Bat award. His big bat helped his Mets to the 11-6 win over the division rival Phillies.

Starlin Castro tried everything he could to save the Marlins from a loss at the hands of the Nationals, including a 2 run go ahead home run in the top of the 9th. But it wasn’t enough for the Marlins bullpen to hold as the Nationals walked it off. But Castro at least picks up the WPA King prize with a .682 mark in the 7-6 defeat.

Madison Bumgarner made it through 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 9 to pick up the Pitcher of the Day award. He also picked up the win in the Giants’ 8-3 win over the Padres.

Find the Link

Find the link between Valdez and Pedro Martinez.

Stats are courtesy of Fangraphs