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25 Marco Estrada SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/180 | Birthdate: 7/5/1983 | Birthplace: Sonora, Mexico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Long Beach State | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,955,000 | Owned/Started%: 22/8 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Blue Jays' Marco Estrada tosses three innings Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada allowed one earned run on five hits in three innings while striking out three and walking none Saturday.

Estrada had been pushed back twice due to an ankle injury but was able to return to the mound Saturday. He has posted a 7.59 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this spring.


Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada open to different role this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada knows it's unlikely he will end up with a job in the starting rotation, but he's willing to accept any role this year, reports MLB.com.

"If that's what I'm going to do, that's fine," Estrada said. "I told these guys I just want to be out there to help this team win. That's all I care about. If it's starting, awesome. If it's relieving, that's fine. I just want to help, I want to win, I want to get into the playoffs and that's all that matters."

Estrada gave up one run on five hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work Saturday against the Braves.

"I'll be honest, I felt a little weird out there, being out there again," Estrada said. "I just haven't seen a hitter in a couple of weeks almost. Timing was a little off, rushed a few pitches that I left up, a few changeups that I missed up, but other than that, I felt pretty good other than missing two weeks."

He is also feeling healthier after battling an ankle injury at the beginning of spring training.

"The ankle is much better. It's getting there, I can go out there and pitch, it's not a big deal anymore. Just every day it has been feeling much better. There's not much we can do right now. Need another day or two and it will probably be gone."


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada (ankle) pushed back again


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada had his scheduled start pushed back for a second time Tuesday due to an ankle injury, MLB.com reports.

Estrada was initially scheduled to pitch Sunday but was scratched due to a sore ankle he tweaked earlier in the week. He is now expected to start Saturday's game and could also be used in relief Thursday after the ankle has had more time to heal.

"It's still barking a bit," manager John Gibbons said.

Estrada is in the mix for a rotation spot this spring but will likely begin the season in the bullpen. He's given up eight earned runs on 7 2/3 innings this spring.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada (ankle) out Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada will not pitch Sunday due to a "tweaked" ankle, the Toronto Star reports.

The issue is said to be minor, and Estrada is expected to resume his schedule Tuesday. He has produced poor numbers this spring due to one horrendous outing, but the pitcher was able to toss three scoreless innings in his previous appearance.


Blue Jays' Marco Estrada earns win with three shutout innings


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada made a case for the final starting rotation spot with a strong start on Sunday. 

Estrada pitched three shutout innings, earning a win over the Braves. He struck out two of the 13 batters he faced and walked one, while giving up three hits. 

The start was a departure from his previous appearance, when he gave up seven runs in two thirds of an inning. 


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez could fill in for Marcus Stroman in rotation


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez may be the next man up for Toronto in the wake of Marcus Stroman's injury. He, Marco Estrada and Daniel Norris will compete for the rest of spring for the final two spots on the staff, reports MLB.com.

"Our plan for Sanchez was always the same," general manager Alex Anthopoulos insisted Tuesday afternoon. "I think it certainly gives him a better opportunity to start but we still have Estrada being stretched out, still have Norris being stretched out, still have the remainder of camp.

"I think we still continue down that path, but there's no doubt about it, there's another opportunity there with Stroman being down."


Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada hoping to be a starter this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada has been utilized in a variety of ways throughout his seven years in the league, but he is hoping to be considered a starter when the season begins, reports MLB.com

"I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I'm working as a starter," Estrada said Saturday after he pitched two perfect innings with one strikeout.

Manager John Gibbons said he is considering all of his options, but thinks Estrada has a chance to earn a spot.

"He's in contention for a spot [in the rotation]," said Gibbons. "Or he could end up in the bullpen. ... He's sort of a season vet. He's going to throw strikes. And it's so important to throw strikes."

Although Estrada would prefer to be a starter, he just wants to help his team win.

"I think everybody wants to start," Estrada said. "I've always wanted to be a starter. I'd like to be one. But if the opportunity's not there, I'll do anything I can to help the team.


Blue Jays, P Marco Estrada agree to $2.505 million contract


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Blue Jays and pitcher Marco Estrada have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.505 million contract, according to the team's official website on Friday.

Estrada was acquired by Toronto via trade in the offseason. He worked both as a starter and a reliever for the Brewers last season, making 18 starts and 21 relief appearances. He went 7-6 with a 4.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 127:44 K:BB ratio in 150 2/3 innings, pitching much better in relief than as a starter in 2014.


Blue Jays acquire Marco Estrada from Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Blue Jays and Brewers agreed to a trade Saturday, with the Blue Jays acquiring pitcher Marco Estrada in exchange for first baseman Adam Lind.

Estrada worked both as a starter and a reliever for the Brewers this season, making 18 starts and 21 relief appearances. He went 7-6 with a 4.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 127:44 K:BB ratio in 150 2/3 innings, pitching much better in relief than as a starter. He's due to reach free agency after the 2015 season.


Marco Estrada moving to the bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Brewers starter Marco Estrada will be moved to the bullpen.

The Brewers called up pitcher Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Thursday, and announced he would start in Estrada's place Saturday against the Cardinals. Over 107 innings, Estrada has a 4.96 ERA. He's given up 27 home runs through 18 starts. 


Brewers possibly considering rotation change


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Though no decision has been made, the Brewers are considering a switch for Saturday's start, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marco Estrada is currently listed as the starting pitcher for the game against the Cardinals, but the report indicates a call up for prospect Jimmy Nelson is looming. Nelson has been tearing things up at Triple-A Nasville, while Estrada is the major-league leader in home runs allowed, with 27.

Manager Ron Roenicke was even asked if it was safe to assume Estrada will make his schedule start, and he replied, "I won't comment on that."

Roenicke was non-committal when asked whether the team is considering Nelson, but indicated that they would not necessarily have to wait until after the All-Star break to make any sort of change.

"Sometimes you wait until the all-star break to do things," he said. "But when the timing calls for something to be done, you try to do it. If it makes sense right then, why wait on something? That's what we talk about all the time. We talk about what goes on in here, how guys are feeling right now, and do we need a change?"


Marco Estrada drops second straight decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada took the loss Monday night against the Phillies at home, dropping to 7-6 on the year. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings of a 3-2 defeat.

Estrada has allowed three homers over his last two starts. He owns a 4.96 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts (107 innings). He will look to avoid a third straight loss on Saturday at home against St. Louis.

Home runs continue to plague Marco Estrada


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada allowed a pair of solo home runs in six innings Tuesday at Toronto, and it was just enough to send him to a loss in a 4-1 win for Toronto. The right-hander allowed six hits and one walk, while striking out two in six innings.

Estrada (7-6) gave up a solo home run to Jose Bautista with two outs in the first inning. The game remained 1-0 until Colby Rasmus led off the fifth inning with a home run. Estrada has now given up a league-leading 26 home runs.

Tuesday's loss ended a two-game winning streak for Estrada, who will be back on the mound Monday against the Phillies. Estrada is 4-2 with a 4.40 ERA in seven home starts.


Marco Estrada gets a reprieve


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada probably saved his job with his performance against the Nationals Wednesday. That's not to say he was lights out or anything -- in fact, the four walks were concerning in their own right considering plus control is a key to his success -- but he didn't allow a home run in his 6 1/3 innings, which means he's allowed "only" one in his last two starts. Joy of joys.

I'm being sarcastic, of course, because while Wednesday's start may have bought him another one, it didn't correct his historically bad home run rate or restore his Fantasy value. By now, most Fantasy owners are probably rooting for him to fail so that Jimmy Nelson can get a crack at the big-league rotation.

But to me, that's short-sighted. No doubt, Nelson has fantastic numbers at Triple-A Nashville and probably a bright future in the majors, but in a perfect world, his arrival wouldn't come at Estrada's expense. Remember how you came to own Estrada in the first place? He was a sleeper in his own right, overcoming slow starts to demonstrate top-30 potential down the stretch each of the last two seasons. If the Brewers remove him from the rotation, that's one less potential difference-maker for mixed-leaguers. You'd rather him restore his value and have Nelson wait for some other opportunity, such as an injury, to join the rotation.


Marco Estrada good enough for Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada didn't need to be great Wednesday against Washington - and he wasn't. But with plenty of hitting support, he performed far better than he had in recent starts in securing his second straight win.

Estrada gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings despite walking four. He owns a 7-4 record with a lofty 5.06 ERA. He had yielded 34 earned runs in his previous 40 1/3 innings. Estrada will try to take his momentum and run with it Tuesday in Toronto.


Marco Estrada hit hard, still gets the win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada kept the ball in the yard for the most part Friday against the Rockies, but that was about all he did right in a 13-10 win.

Estrada allowed just one home run in five-plus innings of work, after allowing five in his previous two starts combined. Unfortunately, he was still tagged for seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, while walking one batter and striking out seven batters in a win.

Estrada has now tossed just one quality start in his last seven trips to the mound, but is still 4-3 in that span thanks to some good run support. He is 6-4 overall on the season, with a 5.22 ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the Nationals.


Brewers sticking with Marco Estrada for the time being


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada allowed three more home runs Sunday against the Reds and leads the majors with 23 home runs allowed. Even though he lost a second straight start, manager Ron Roenicke wasn't ready to make any announcement about Estrada's future in the rotation following Sunday's 13-4 loss.

"We’ll stay with it and talk about it and see if we can get him straightened out. Right now, I haven’t had that discussion with Doug [Melvin, Milwaukee's GM]," Roenicke said, per MLB.com.

Roenicke tried to explain why the right-handed hurler is struggling.

"It’s location," Roenicke said. "He got a couple offspeed pitches up in the zone. It’s confidence. When you’re confident, the ball gets to spots better, it’s not more life on it. I still thought he was confident coming into the game, but after that first inning [when the Reds homered twice and took a 3-0 lead], it’s tough. …

"It’s command, which is confidence, usually. I think everything else is fine. He is [attacking the zone] at times, he’s just leaving some pitches up. When he’s good, his breaking ball is down. He got hurt with a curveball up to [Billy] Hamilton. He got hurt with a change-up up to [Brandon] Phillips. When he’s good, those two pitches are down."


Marco Estrada has another poor outing Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke hinted after Marco Estrada's last start Tuesday against the Mets that his rotation spot could be in jeopardy. Well, Estrada didn't perform like a guy pitching for his job during a 13-4 loss Sunday vs. Cincinnati.

Estrada (5-4) struggled from the get-go Sunday. He gave up a solo home run leading off the game to Billy Hamilton. Three batters later, he gave up a two-run homer to Brandon Phillips.

The right-hander did settle down after a rough first inning and tossed three scoreless frames before Todd Frazier put Cincinnati up 5-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Estrada was charged with five runs on eight hits and no walks in five innings. He struck out three. He's allowed four or more runs in five of his last eight starts.

If he remains in the rotation, his next start is scheduled for Friday at Colorado.


Manager: Marco Estrada rotation spot safe


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Ron Roenicke has expressed confidence in struggling Brewers starter Marco Estrada and has no plans to remove him from the rotation.

"We still have confidence he can turn this thing around," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Estrada has given up 22 earned runs in his last 29 2/3 innings. He has walked 13 during that stretch.


Time for Marco Estrada to ride the pine


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/11/2014) In allowing a pair of home runs against the punchless Mets on Tuesday, Marco Estrada extended his string of consecutive starts with at least one home run allowed to 10 games, and he's given up multiple bombs in six of those starts for the Brewers. Flyball pitching and a vulnerability to home runs are not new phenomena for Estrada, but with a 4.56 ERA on the season, it's time to take them seriously.

Estrada's ridiculous 2.3 HR/9 ratio is sure to drop at some point, but as we have seen with fellow flyballers like Phil Hughes and Colby Lewis, the insanity can last for a full season or longer. Pitching his home starts in Miller Park doesn't help, but Estrada hasn't been able to keep the ball in the park anywhere.

Worse yet, Estrada's normally sharp control has betrayed him, as he has walked 21 batters over his last 47 2/3 innings. In their best seasons, Hughes and Lewis have been big-time strike-throwers, and the same has been true for Estrada. Maybe he can recover if he can revert to being a good control pitcher, but until then, it's too risky to keep Estrada in your Fantasy rotation.


Marco Estrada's slide continues in loss to Mets


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada's homer problems continued Tuesday, in a 6-2 loss to the Mets.

Estrada tossed six innings in the outing and allowed six runs, all of which came on long balls. He surrendered a two-run homer in the third to Daniel Murphy and then lost the game for good on Taylor Teagarden's grand slam in the sixth inning.  

Estrada was charged with six runs on just four hits, and he also struggled with his control en route to four walks. He struck out five batters on 97 pitches as his record fell to 5-3.

Estrada finished the month of April with a 2.87 ERA, but that number has been climbing ever since. He has a 5.66 ERA over his last eight starts, and has allowed 17 home runs in that span. After the game, manager Ron Roenicke seemed to indicate that Estrada's spot in the rotation might not be safe.

"I don’t know," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We'll have to talk about it."

Estrada's next start is set for Sunday against the Reds. 


Marco Estrada surrenders four runs in no-decision vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada wasn't a factor in Wednesday's decision after giving up four earned runs on six hits and three walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 loss to the Twins.

Estrada gave up a three-run home run in the fourth inning and another run in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk. His offense was able to bail him out by evening the game after he left. Estrada owns a 4.19 ERA and 66:23 K:BB ratio in 73 innings. He'll take on the Mets Tuesday.


Marco Estrada cruises to easy win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada got plenty of help Friday, and cruised to an 11-5 win over the Cubs.  

Estrada was given six runs of support in the first two innings, so the game's outcome was never really in doubt. He tossed a quality start in the outing, limiting the Cubs to three runs in six innings of work. He scattered six hits and four walks, while striking out five in his second straight win.

Estrada is now 5-2 on the season, with a 4.03 ERA. He finished the month of May with a 3-1 record despite posting a 5.04 ERA in six starts. He begins June with a start against the Twins Wednesday. 


Longball remains on issue for Marco Estrada in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada got plenty of help Friday, making up for a subpar effort in a 9-5 win over the Marlins.

Estrada pitched in the seventh inning, and did a good job keeping the Marlins off the base paths. Unfortunately, his troubles with the long ball crept up, as the Marlins took him deep for four solo home runs. He was ultimately charged with five runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work, without a walk. He struck out seven, while throwing 69 of 100 pitches for strikes.

Estrada has a decent 3.98 ERA in 61 innings of work, despite leading the majors in home runs allowed with 16. He is 4-2 heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the Orioles. 


Marco Estrada loses for first time in six starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada lost for the first time in six starts during a 4-2 loss Sunday against the Cubs. He allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four in five innings.

The game was scoreless until Welington Castillo parked a two-run homer in the second inning after Estrada walked Luis Valbuena to lead off the inning. Valbuena then added an RBI double with two outs in the third inning to extended the lead to 3-0.

The Cubs then extended the lead to four runs after Mike Olt connected for a solo home run leading off the fourth inning.

Estrada's ERA jumped from 3.28 to 3.64 in the loss. His next scheduled start is for Friday at Miami.