GDB 24.0: Toronto Blue Jays look for Kevin Gausman to continue rebound against Royals

Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
Photo credit:Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
3 days ago
It hasn’t been the easiest of starts to the season for Kevin Gausman.
After getting just one appearance in Spring Training, he got lit up in his first three regular-season appearances allowing one earned run to the Rays, five to the Yankees and six to the Rockies. But his last trip to the mound, coming last week against the Yankees, was much improved.
He threw five innings, allowing one earned run off four hits and three walks. Command continues to be an issue, but the fact he got some length out of a start — throwing 101 pitches — is a great sign.
Tonight, he’ll look to build off that against a Royals team he’s had success against in the past. The good news, at the very least, is that the Jays’ offence is firing on all cylinders, now averaging 4.4 runs per game over their last 10.
A big reason for that is none other than Daulton Varsho, who, over that stretch, has mashed six home runs for a 1.444 OPS and a staggering 32 bases, two more than the next closest player over that time, Trea Turner. Varsho’s redemption arc at the plate was a big storyline in Spring Training, and now, after a slow start to the year, he’s turning it on and helping lead the charge.

First pitch:
7:40 p.m. EST. TV & Radio: Sportsnet.
21º C, 16 km/h winds NW, left to right. – Rotogrinders

Starting pitchers:

Kevin GausmanTOR40214.18.167.662164.921.7410.053.14
Michael WachaKCR41224.03.753.20943.261.047.882.25



  1. TBA

  1. M Garcia (R) 3B
  2. B Witt Jr. (R) SS
  3. V Pasquantino (L) 1B
  4. S Perez (R) C
  5. M Melendez (L) LF
  6. A Frazier (L) DH
  7. D Blanco (R) RF
  8. M Massey (L) 2B
  9. K Isbel (L) CF

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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@thenationnetwork.com.

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