After a romp last night, the Blue Jays continue their streak against the Tigers this afternoon. Game time is set at 4:10 ET.
The starter of the Blue Jays
Kevin Gausman heads to the mound trying to recover from his worst start to the season. Last time out against the Twins, Gausman was thrown around for 5 carries with 9 hits over just 3.2 innings. There was a lot of discussion about him tipping his pitches, and he pretty much had to give up his splitter. No doubt he’s spent the time in between working on this issue, so hopefully it’s no longer an issue today.
That poor outing took Gausman’s season line to 5-4 with a 2.78 ERA. He still has the major’s best FIP at 1.60 and still leads all pitchers in fWAR at 2.9, but the field is getting closer than it was a few weeks ago. He’s conceded a few homers in his last few starts, and after not giving up a walk in his first 5 games, he’s now conceded at least 1 in his last 6 starts.
Starters of the tigers
Rookie Beau Brieske will get the ball for the Tigers, marking his ninth start of the season and career. So far in his young career he is 0-5 with an ERA of 4.93. However, his FIP paints an even worse story, coming in at a 6.54 mark. He was hit hard and gave up 12 homers in his 42 innings of work, with his 2.57 HR/9 rate being the second-worst in all of baseball among 122 pitchers with at least 40 innings. In addition to hitting home runs, he doesn’t hit many and has a 29-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The lineup of the Blue Jays
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Lineup of the Tigers
Six different players hit two homers last night with either 2 or 3 RBI. Only one of them played the Rays, so I give the Monster Bat Award to Byron Buxton. He has now hit multiple home runs against an AL East team on consecutive days and this time helped his twins beat the Rays 9-4.
Clarke Schmidt (Yankees) and Brandon Hughes (Cubs) are the co-winners of the WPA King Trophy. Both threw 2 shutout innings in extras yesterday and kept the other side off the board long enough for the Yankees to eventually win 2-1 in 13 innings. I think it was the longest game of the Manfred Man era. Schmidt and Hughes both chambered a .609 WPA.
Paul Blackburn threw 8 shutout innings and only allowed 4 hits and a walk while notching 3 outs to earn the Pitcher of the Day award. He didn’t win, however, as the A’s bullpen screwed up and gave up 3 at the end of the 9th to lose 3-2 to the Guardians.
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