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Estrada aces for Jays

By Jose Romero - Oct 21, 2015

So now, if it wasn't official well before, we know that Marco Estrada is good. Really good.

Especially in the postseason for the Toronto Blue Jays. Estrada, with his team facing elimination on Wednesday afternoon in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, delivered a seven-inning shutout of the Kansas City Royals, sending the series back to KC for at least one more game.

He faced the minimum amount of batters over those seven innings and shut down a team that had scored 33 runs in the first four games of the series. Estrada saved the Blue Jays yet again, as he dominated in Game 3 of the division series against Texas when Toronto was down 0-2 in that series.

The Jays went on to win it in five games.

Estrada's career took an upturn this season for the Jays. After going north of the border in a trade with Milwaukee in last fall, the Mexican-born, Southern California-raised Estrada became a staple of the Jays' starting rotation. He finished 2015 with career bests in wins (13), ERA (3.13) and innings pitched with 181.

Should the Blue Jays miraculously advance to the World Series, Estrada is in line to pitch one of the first couple of games. Toronto can only hope its postseason ace gets that chance.

For Estrada, his performance in the playoffs has certainly raised his profile. A solid if not spectacular righty for the Brewers, his previous career highlight before this season was pitching for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic two years ago.

 

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