After a bad loss last night at the hands of the Braves, the Blue Jays will look to bounce back with their supposed ace on the mound tonight. Gametime is set for 7:10 EDT again, a time that feels so late now.
Blue Jays’ Starter
Lefty and big offseason acquisition Hyun-Jin Ryu will make a third attempt at giving Jays fans a good first impression. His first two starts have gone poorly, as Ryu has struggled with his fastball velocity being down over 1 mph, and his other pitches not having their normal bite. It has only been two starts in a really stupid and messed up season, so the long term implications haven’t started piling up, but it would be great to see him have some success.
Ryu failed to make it out of the 5th inning in both starts, struggling mightily the second and third time batters face him. First time through the order, opponents have yet to score and are 3-17 with a walk, but it’s after that that things have fallen apart for him. Through his 9 innings of work, he has allowed 8 runs on 13 hits and 5 free base runners, while allowing a pair of home runs.
Sean Newcomb gets the ball for the Braves, and he is looking to hold on to a spot in the rotation of which his grasp of may start to become tenuous if he doesn’t start turning things around. He spent the first couple years of his career finding decent success in the rotation, but last year was shifted to the bullpen. I would imagine coming into the season he was a borderline starter, but now with Mike Soroka going down with his torn Achilles Tendon, and Felix Hernandez opting out of the season, he is in a little less hot water.
But he needs to start pitching better. Much like Ryu, Newcomb has yet to make it out of the 5th inning in his first two starts, finding a lot of trouble the second time through the order. Through his 7.2 innings, the lefty has allowed 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 3 and allowing 2 home runs.
Blue Jays’ Lineup
It was nice to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr. collect some hits yesterday, even if they were still a really low launch angle. Hopefully these are at least a harbinger of better things to come for him.
As Jonah Birenbaum of the Score pointed out yesterday, Vladdy now has a higher OPS than both Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio, albeit all three are still in the backup middle infielder territory.
Travis Shaw made it back to the team yesterday, but with a lefty on the mound again today, Brandon Drury will probably draw the start at 3B again.
Ronald Acuña Jr. showed how fun and exciting of a player he is last night, although I’m quite surprised that he just finally picked up his first stolen base of the season last night in his 12th game. He definitely has the speed and ability to be doing that a lot more frequently.
Ozzie Albies had another rough game last night, as his bad start to the season continued. Last year’s league leader in hits and Silver Slugger winner at second base isn’t looking anything like that hitter yet.
With the lefty on the mound, there’s a good chance the Braves will send out Johan Camargo and Adam Duvall, as they seem to be getting the starts over Matt Adams and Ender Inciarte against lefties.
Tyler Mahle threw 6 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and pair of walks, keeping Cleveland off the board as his team was up 2-0. He racked up a bunch of WPA because of it, taking home the WPA King title with a .360 showing for the night. Unfortunately for him, the bullpen couldn’t hold it, and Cleveland beat the Reds 4-2.
Find the Link
Find the link between Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman, Terry Pendleton and Felipe Alou.