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Game #122 Preview: Hutchison vs Matz

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Tigers (59-66) vs Blue Jays (64-57)

Detroit Tigers v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images

The Blue Jays wrap up their series with the Tigers this afternoon, looking to pick up the series win. The game gets underway shortly, with first pitch scheduled for 1:07 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Steven Matz will go for the Jays, making his 22nd start of the season. He brings a 10-7 record and 4.08 ERA into play, very good numbers for a guy at the back of the rotation. He is having his best season overall since his rookie year, when he finished 6th in the Rookie of the Year voting. But also importantly for him, he is having a great foundation year as he heads into free agency for the first time this winter. But first, he is going to continue his great work in the Jays’ rotation this year, and hope to help pull them forward into the playoffs.

Tigers’ Starter

Old friend Drew Hutchison is going to make the start today, his second of the season, and also second in the Majors since 2018. Hutchison, who had a couple good seasons for the Jays several years ago, made his way back to the Majors a week ago, and things didn’t go well for him. After a scoreless first inning where he allowed just a leadoff single, Hutch didn’t make it out of the 2nd inning, allowing 6 runs on 4 and 3 walks in the inning. Only 2 of those runs were earned runs, but his return to the Majors was not good. He’s hoping for better results today.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Otto Lopez has been optioned back to AAA as Alek Manoah is activated off the Bereavement List.

Tigers’ Lineup

Yesterday’s Heroes

Christian Yelich went 3-5 with a pair of home runs, driving in 6 runs to pick up the Monster Bat award. Yelich’s big day helped lead his Brewers to the 9-6 win over the Nationals.

LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a pinch hit, 2-run home run in the top of the 9th inning to give his Giants the 6-5 lead. He gets the WPA King trophy with a .660 mark on that hit alone, and the Giants took down the Athletics 6-5.

Zac Gallen barely edges out Hyun Jin Ryu for Pitcher of the Day, as Gallen allowed 2 fewer hits and struck out 4 more batters over his 7 shutout innings. Gallen also did it in a lot more of a hostile environment, holding back the Rockies in Colorado. However, his bullpen couldn’t hold it, and the Rockies won 5-2 over Gallen’s Diamondbacks.

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Stats retrieved from Fangraphs and Baseball Savant