Toronto Blue Jays look to rebound in Boston
Apr 23, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (36) delivers a pitch against Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2, Tuesday: Drew Hutchison vs. Clay Buchholz
Drew Hutchison has sandwiched two poor starts in between his opening day outing and most recent appearance against the Baltimore Orioles. His 2-0 record does not match up with his 5.48 ERA, but he showed signs of a true turnaround in his last start.
Hutchison’s fastball command looked much improved, which returned the “bulldog” mentality that we sometimes know and always love from the 24-year old. His velocity had taken a subtle downturn early in the season, but his pitches looked much more alive against the Orioles. For a pitcher capable of posting over 9.00 K/9, the Boston lineup could be ripe for a big day from Hutchison.
The Red Sox will counter with Clay Buchholz, who has had a similar season arc to that of Hutchison. Buchholz looked stellar in his last outing, allowing just one run on to hits across 6.0 innings pitched, striking out 10. Buchholz offers a fastball that sits in the low 90’s, along with a cutter, changeup and curveball that will drop down to 77-78 MPH.
Next: Game 3: Wherefore art thou, R.A. Dickey?