Aug 11, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays fans give pitcherDrew Hutchison
(36) a standing ovation as he leaves the game against Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamiltonl-USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Sunday, August 16th – 1:07 ET
Drew Hutchison (11-2, 5.26) vs. Luis Severino (0-1, 2.45)
The Jays seem prepared to roll out Drew Hutchison for the final game of the season against rookie Luis Severino, and that’s still quite the risk. Hutchison has been far and away the weakest link in the Blue Jays chain this season, but did turn a corner in his most recent start against the Oakland Athletics.
Hutchison pitched 7.0 strong innings on August 11th, allowing just two earned runs on four hits. He avoided the hanging slider that has plagued him throughout the season, and instead drove his breaking pitch down into the dirt with great depth. If this can continue, and Hutchison can locate his fastball, there’s potential that he can turn this around. We’ll need to see more than one start, though.
Yankees top pitching prospect Luis Severino will make his third MLB start in the finale, and he’s looked quite strong through his early tests. Severino got the no-decision in his last outing versus the Cleveland Indians, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings. The right-hander will hit the mid-90s with his fastball and will lean heavily on a slider later in counts.