Toronto Blue Jays finish home stand with White Sox
May 20, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) takes the ball from starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (36) after relieving him in the seventh inning against Los Angeles Angels at Rogers Centre. The Angels won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: Monday, May 25th – 7:07 ET
Drew Hutchison takes the hill for Toronto in the series opener as he looks to finally get over the hump and enter a groove. Hutchison allowed four earned runs over 6.2 IP in his last outing and showed signs of progress in the two starts prior. Against a struggling lineup and considering his recent flashes, there’s reason to be optimistic about this start. He may finally be able to slip his ERA under six, too!
Hector Noesi will start for the White Sox as they look to limit the innings of young star Carlos Rodon, who originally replaced Noesi in the rotation. The right-hander enters play with a 5.60 ERA and 1.64 WHIP, so when considering the fact that he hasn’t stretched his arm over 4.1 IP in three weeks, this could be a juicy matchup.
The Blue Jays should be prepared for a low-to-mid 90’s fastball from Noesi with a slider and changeup that he drops in to the mid-80’s. Patience should be the primary approach at the plate for Toronto, though. Through 17.2 innings pitched in 2015, Noesi is averaging 5.60 BB/9.
Next: Game 2: Can Dickey build on complete game?