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Game #133 Preview: Buchholz vs Gonzales

Blue Jays (53-79) vs Mariners (55-75)

Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Blue Jays will look to win the 3 game series against the Mariners this afternoon and send all of their fans home happy. Today’s game gets underway at 4:10 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Clay Buchholz will make his return from the 60 Day Injured List to start in this one, meaning that there are a few roster moves necessitated by this. Ken Giles is also being activated from the Paternity List, so these are the moves:

Buchholz will be making his first start in the Majors since May 5 when he was shellacked by the Rangers thanks to presumably a sore shoulder. In his 5 starts, he threw 24.2 innings, allowing 18 runs on 32 hits and 6 walks, striking out 12 and allowing 5 home runs. The game against the Rangers where he allowed 7 runs skews those numbers a bit, but he wasn’t exactly an ace before that game either.

He has made 3 rehab starts before being activated, allowing a single run in each. His last one he was able to ramp up to 4 innings, and he was dominating the Tampa Yankees with 7 strikeouts and no walks.

Mariners’ Starter

The Mariners will go with lefty Marco Gonzales, the Major League co-leader in pitcher decisions with a 13-10 record across 27 games. Gonzales brings a 4.30 ERA and 3.96 FIP over his 157 innings, pitching very well for the Mariners for the second straight season. Gonzales gets by with his ability to limit hard contact, doing a great job missing barrels of the bat. He also keeps free runners off the bases, another key ingredient in his low strikeout, low groundout strategy.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Mariners’ Lineup

Yesterday’s Heroes

Corey Dickerson went 4-5 with a pair of doubles and 5 RBI, en route to the Monster Bat award. The Phillies beat the Marlins 9-3.

Kevin Pillar just narrowly edged out Bo Bichette for the WPA King title, .379 to .378. Pillar hit a big 2 run double in the top of the 8th inning, driving in 2 and giving the Giants the lead. They would pile on a bit more from there, ultimately beating the Athletics 10-5.

Kolby Allard dominated again last night, this time throwing 6.1 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out 8 while not issuing a free pass to get the Pitcher of the Day award. His Rangers gave him some support as well, as the Rangers won 4-0 over the White Sox.

Find the Link

Find the link between Gonzales and Lance Lynn.

Stats are courtesy of Fangraphs