Two of the most disappointing teams in baseball in the first couple weeks will collide in interleague action. St. Louis is making a comeback, while Toronto continues to flounder as those betting baseball are aware.
After unthinkable 3-8 start, the Cardinals are beginning to hit and the starting pitching is coming around and they have won six of seven. The Blue Jays have yet to win a series in six tries, including just splitting one with the Angels in Anaheim.
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Here is the thing about Marco Estrada (0-1, 2.63 ERA). The last time be broke 90 MPH it was most likely in a car, not throwing a baseball. And despite the fact every batter he faces has read the scouting reports and been told to be patient and look for the change-up, Estrada generates a ton of swings and misses and opposing hitters are only batting .217 against him. He has not faced St. Louis since his Milwaukee days when he was 0-4 with a 5.52 ERA as a starter.
After a cogent 2015 season in which Michael Wacha was 17-7 with a 3.38 ERA, the right-hander took a giant step backward last season at 7-7 with a bloated 5.09 ERA. What happened? After giving up .895 hits per inning, Wacha went to 1.15 HPI, which was his undoing. This season he is 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA and the hits are down and strikeouts are up. When this still only 25-year old is hitting his spots, runs are scarce against him.