Mar. 12, 2013; Phoenix AZ, USA; A general view of a pink bat prior to the Mother
It is Mother’s Day Sunday and that means it is the return of the pink bats for Major League Baseball. Hopefully, it is also the return of the big bats for the Toronto Blue Jays.
After racking up 38 runs over their recent five game win streak, the Blue Jays bats have been silenced by Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs in back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Angels. They team has struck for 6 runs in the last two games, but most of the damage has been done in the late innings, and too late to salvage a victory.
The Blue Jays will try to turn that luck around right-hander Jered Weaver, who comes into the game with a 3-2 record and a 3.48 ERA. They’ll counter with their own right-hander in Drew Hutchison. Hutch is 1-2 with a 4.17 ERA, but is coming off a gutty performance against Philadelphia on May 6th, where he went 8 innings but one bad inning resulted in 5 earned runs surrendered.
Toronto Blue Jays Line-up (h/t Brendan Kennedy):
Los Angeles Angels Line-up (h/t Bill Shakin):
– Not a whole lot of success for the Blue Jays against Jered Weaver, as the current collection of hitters owns a batting line of just .237/.311/.419 against the Angels starter. Weaver owns a 8-2 record and a 3.68 ERA over 10 career starts against the Blue Jays.
– On the other side of the field, the Angels have had limited exposure to Drew Hutchison, with the line-up having only 12 at bats against the Jays righty. The results haven’t been good either, as Hutch held them to a slash of just .167/.231/.500. However, one of the two hits he’s surrendered to Angels hitters has a home run to Albert Pujols and he surrendered 4 runs in that 5.1 inning outing.