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GDB 116.0: Toronto Blue Jays look to provide Kevin Gausman more run support

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Zach Laing
10 months ago
Death, taxes and no run support for Kevin Gausman.
Three things in life — at least this year — we know will come.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ issue of scoring have been well documented. No team in baseball has stranded more base runners than the Jays 836, and all but two qualified starters this season have less run support than Gausman.
With him on the mound, the Jays have scored 3.34 runs per nine innings. Only Logan Webb (3.27) and Kyle Freeland (3.03) have had lesser support.
Couple it with the fact that Gausman has been one of the best pitchers in the big leagues this season, and you have an undoubtedly frustrating scenario wherein Gausman’s record is 8-6.
Tonight, he takes the mound opposite of Guardians lefty Logan Allen. Can the Jays get to him tonight?

First pitch: 7:10 p.m EST —Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650.
Toronto Blue Jays: 64-51, 7.0 GB, – WCGB, +57 DIFF.
Cleveland Guardians: 55-59, 4.5 GB, 8.5 WCGB, -5 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -167; CLE +140.
Series Bets:
Blue Jays to win the series +175
Series correct score Toronto 4-0: +1100
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Kevin Gausman RHP – 8-6, 22 GS, 132.0 IP. 3.20 ERA, 129 ERA+, 2.79 FIP, 1.167 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 12.1 SO/9.
CLE: Logan Allen LHP – 5-4, 16 GS, 86.1 IP. 3.65 ERA, 115 ERA+, 3.95 FIP, 1.367 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, 8.9 SO/9.
*Bold season totals indicate player led league. Italic season totals indicate player led all major leagues.
Lineups: 
Toronto 
  1. W Merrifield (R) LF
  2. G Springer (R) RF
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. M Chapman (R) 3B
  5. D Jansen (R) DH
  6. D Schneider (R) 2B
  7. A Kirk (R) C
  8. P DeJong (R) SS
  9. D Varsho (L) CF
Cleveland
  1. S Kwan (L) LF
  2. A Gimenez (L) 2B
  3. J Ramírez (S) 3B
  4. O Gonzalez (R) DH
  5. K Calhoun (L) 1B
  6. R Laureano (R) CF
  7. W Brennan (L) RF
  8. G Arias (R) SS
  9. C Gallagher (R) C

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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