Blue Jays’ Drew Hutchison Turning the Corner?

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, Drew Hutchison looks to be turning the corner in his efforts to regain his form and return to the big leagues.

 

For the past couple of seasons, Drew Hutchison has been a mystery. He was terrible at home and great on the road, he was vice versa. He had a 13-5 record in 2015, but a 5.57 ERA and was much worse than his record indicated. How many 13-5 starters get left off a playoff roster. Hutchison benefited from the Blue Jays’ 2015 offense making up for his struggles. This year, he was sent to AAA Buffalo to start for the Bisons in the hopes that he would find the form that had most of us drooling. His ceiling has been tantalizing us for years. But, his performance led us to wonder if it was actually a glass ceiling.

Well, things are looking up in 2016. That is to say, they are starting to. Hutch is 5-3 on the season with a 4.60 ERA thanks to a rough start to the year. According to MLBFarm.com, Hutch gave up 5 runs on April 18 after surrendering just one in his first two starts. He would give up another 4 on May 5. The rest of his starts yielded 2 or fewer runs. On the surface, that may sound good. But, what is not encouraging is his ability to go deep into games. Up until this weekend, he’d not gone more than 6 innings in a game and was more around the 4-5 mark. He was also surrendering 2-3 walks per game.

This is what makes his start on Friday very encouraging.

 

His final line of 7 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K on just 89 pitches. The low pitch total is especially concerning for fans who remember just how many pitches the 25 yr old would throw just to get to the 5th inning. To see him put forth a strong effort in such an economical fashion is a good sign.

The big league club has a rotation that has been the single reason the club is anywhere near the .500 mark in 2016. What appeared to be a question mark heading into the season had been the club’s saving grace. As starters are want to do, there have been struggles of late. Those will happen. One can’t expect domination every single time out. But, the rotation has done a good job of keeping their team in games, for the most part. Right now, there is no spot that could be called into question. Despite how people feel about him, even R.A. Dickey‘s spot is secure.

So, for now, Drew Hutchison will stay with the Bisonsm and look to continue his improvements; to build on Friday’s start. Realistically, the only way you’ll see him take a step on the Rogers Centre mound for another spot start (like his 5.2 IP, 2 ER effort vs Oakland, where he got the win) is if something happens to one of the current starters. One never wishes ill on anyone. But, if Hutch can continue to pitch well, having an injury to the rotation would be a bit more palatable.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.