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MLB Toronto Blue Jays

The Suddenly Hot Mark Buehrle Leads Toronto Blue Jays to Friday Night Victory

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

When the Toronto Blue Jays acquired veteran Mark Buehrle this offseason they thought they were getting a solid vet who could be counted on for 200-plus solid innings. Coming into this season, Buehrle was averaging 33 starts and 2.4 complete games annually, plus 200+ innings in his last dozen seasons. He started very poorly for the Jays, but his June has been really good and has provided cause for optimism for the lefty.

In Friday nights 8-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, we saw Buehrle make his best road start as a Jay. He came into the game at 0-3 having allowed 44 hits in just 34.2 innings pitched (opponents were hitting .306 vs him on the road).

His June numbers now look like this… 1-1 with 20 innings pitched and just 18 hits allowed (ERA well below three). Of interest for the AL West teams is his last two starts have been his best of the season and both were vs the Rangers.

Buehrle will make $11 million this season, then has a whopping $29 million owed to him over the next two seasons. The 2013 Jays season is a bust (massive disappointment) so I am hopeful that the team can find a trading partner near the deadline to get that massive contract out of town. That would never happen if he was still the poor pitcher we saw in April and May, but he has seemingly turned the corner and if he keeps it up he will surely attract interest from playoff contending teams in a month or two.

Craig Ballard is a NFL/NBA/MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @craigballard77, and you can find all of his articles HERE