Toronto Blue Jays ride Hutchison’s brilliance to opening win
Drew Hutchison stole the show on Monday night as the Toronto Blue Jays shut out the Chicago White Sox 6-0 at the Rogers Centre. Hutchison threw a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out nine.
This continues a surprising streak of deep starts by the Toronto Blue Jays rotation that is well-timed given the health of their lineup. Jose Reyes did return after his DL stint on Monday, but waits to be joined by Jose Bautista, Devon Travis and Michael Saunders from the trainer’s room.
Toronto’s shutout win was their most complete game of the season in all three phases. The defence worked, the offence clicked and Drew Hutchison left no doubt. The Blue Jays will now look to lock up the series win on Tuesday when they send R.A. Dickey to the mound.
Jose Reyes returned to the lineup and made himself immediately noticed, slapping a double to right field in his first plate appearance. His presence at shortstop alone is critical, but the greatest value of his return is the balance it should begin to offer this lineup. As much as we loveMunenori Kawasaki
, his presence in an MLB lineup just isn’t a sign of good things.
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While Reyes isn’t a stud defensively, his return along with Donaldson at third, Goins at second and Smoak at first produced a very solid infield behind Hutchison.
MVJ: Drew Hutchison
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