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The Dustin McGowan Watch

With Brett Lawrie finally up with the Jays, I'm starting to think the next guy that we could get excited about the possibility of a call up is Dustin McGowan.  

Dustin pitched last night in New Hampshire, in 4 innings he gave up 4 hits, 1 walk and struck out 3. He threw 57 pitches, 38 strikes. He got his outs on ground balls, 6 ground outs and no fly outs.

If he keeps pitching every 5th day, he would start on the 21st, 26th and 31st. He is to pitch 5 innings in his next start, maybe get to 70 or 75 pitches. With two more starts before September he could get his pitch limit up to 85 or 90 pitches, which would be enough to make starts for the Jays in September, since we'll have extra arms in the bullpen.

All that is barring another set back, but things are looking pretty good for the guy.  He pitched 8 innings over his last two starts, gave up just 5 hits and 3 walks. He is getting 2.5 ground outs per fly out. Wouldn't it be nice to get him 5 or 6 starts at the end of the season and then plan on him challenging for a rotation spot next spring?

Unfortunately he was the only bright spot in yesterday's Fisher Cat game. The Cats lost 2-1, John Tolisano had a solo homer to score the run. Tolisano is having another poor season, batting .220/.314/.387 with 9 home runs.

Las Vegas also lost last night, 5-1. With Perez and Ledezma up to the Jays, their bullpen was short a few so Jason Lane pitched 4 innings of 1 run ball, allowing 4 hits, no walks and getting 4 strikeouts. Adeiny Hechavarria went 3 for 4.