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Drew Hutchison SP
Current record: 6-5 (2nd AL East)
Drew Hutchison will be looking to rebound from his last start against the New York Yankees this evening in Baltimore. He’s going to need to pick his spots and mix it up as it’ll be tough to keep the big Orioles’ bats quiet at home for the second straight game. McGowan got some help from the swirling outfield wind last night that kept a couple big flies in the park, but Hutchison’s goal should be pitching to contact, eyeing the lower half of the zone to try to keep most of the balls on the infield grass for his capable fielders to take care of. Throwing 78 pitches in less than four innings like his last start won’t help the team at all so he’ll be pounding the zone early and needs to keep the free passes to a minimum.
On the other side of the ball, Izturis seems to have squeezed himself into an everyday role for now. He’s hitting .333 to this point in nine games this season, and chances are if he knocks a hit early in the game, he’ll be getting another. His base hits have come in pairs in every game he’s hit safely so far this season.
On the other side of the double play duo, Ryan Goins really needs to start seeing the ball better and get things going. He keeps getting chances and he keeps not hitting. He looks unprepared and uncomfortable at the plate. It’s tough to work on these things as steadily as needed when every day is a game day but something’s gotta give at some point. Either provide productive at bats or keep him out of the lineup. Jonathan Diaz has been more than willing to accept the challenge and has shown his worth at the plate in his short amount of time with the big team.
Melky just keeps on hitting. At least one hit in all eleven games thus far.
Winning this game and securing a series win against the O’s in Baltimore would give a bit of breathing room over the low end of the division in the very tight AL East and keep pace with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Go Jays Go!