Toronto Blue Jays look to rebound in Boston

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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?