Estrada (5-8) took the loss Tuesday against the Rays, giving up six runs on 10 hits -- including two home runs -- and four walks over 4.1 innings while striking out three. Hours after Jon Morosi of MLB Network broke the news that Estrada had been claimed by a team and not passed through revocable waivers, the right-hander reverted to his June form and didn't do much to bolster his trade value. The pending free agent will take a 5.09 ERA into his next outing, scheduled for Sunday on the road against the Cubs -- assuming he's still a Blue Jay by then, of course.
Estrada (5-7) pitched seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts during Thursday's win over the Yankees. He worked around five hits and three walks. After a rough midseason run (9.52 ERA through nine starts), Estrada has now allowed just six runs through 26 innings over his past four outings. It's an encouraging rebound, and especially considering the past two games have come against the Astros and Yankees. With a 4.85 ERA and 1.40 WHIP for the campaign, it's not out of the question to remain a little selective with Estrada's matchups, but he definitely appears to be trending back in the right direction. A home start against the Rays is up next for Estrada.
Estrada allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven batters through seven innings during Saturday's win over Houston. He didn't factor into the decision. Estrada took advantage of soft matchups against the White Sox and Athletics in his past two starts and allowed just three runs through 12 innings, but Saturday's road date with the Astros was a much more daunting test, and the 34-year-old veteran passed it. However, with a 5.12 ERA and 1.42 WHIP for the year, Estrada still can't be viewed as the go-to fantasy asset that he's been in the past. His recent form is definitely encouraging, though. Estrada lines up to face the Pirates at the Rogers Centre in his next start.
Estrada allowed just a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out five batters through seven innings during Monday's loss to the White Sox. He didn't factor into the decision. The Toronto bullpen blew a 6-1 lead and cost Estrada his fifth win of the campaign. The 34-year-old veteran entered Monday's game with an 8.87 ERA and 2.06 WHIP through his past 10 starts, so this was a nice rebound, albeit against a basement-dwelling club. It's probably best to be selective with his opponents moving forward, and it's not out of the question to ignore Estrada entirely in some settings. He lines up for a daunting matchup against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in his next start.
Estrada gave up two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four over five innings in a no-decision against Oakland on Wednesday. He was actually in line to take the loss until the Jays -- shut out over the first eight innings -- ended up winning in walkoff fashion. Nonetheless, while this was an improvement for Estrada in some ways (like actually lasting five full innings for the first time in a month), he struggled with his control, as he has for a while now. Over his last 33 innings, Estrada holds a 7.64 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 30:30 K:BB -- and the ratios actually get worse if you go back a few more starts. He was a strong fantasy asset over the past couple of seasons, and even to start this year, but he outpitched his peripherals for four straight campaigns, and that had to come back to bite him eventually.
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