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GDB 29.0: Blue Jays’ offensive struggles continue

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Photo credit:© John E. Sokolowski - USA Today
Zach Laing
1 month ago
To say it’s been a rough run for the Blue Jays would be an understatement.
In Saturday’s loss to the Dodgers, the club set a franchise record for the longest strech without holding a lead, at 37 innings. Yes, that’s right. 37 innings of baseball and not a single lead.
Their last lead was all the way back on last Tuesday, when they had a 1-0 lead over the Royals after the top of the third, and since it’s been all bad.
They can’t seem to score with RISP and they’re struggling to get much of anything going, to be honest, dropping five straight games. While the early season road trip was undoubtedly tough on the club, they returned home and had a nice run, winning three series at home and another on the road against the Padres. Then, the Royals shut down the Jays in Kansas, and the Dodgers have had their way this weekend at the Rogers Center.
Today’s game will see Kevin Gausman take the mound for the Jays and Michael Grove for the Dodgers in what appears to be a bullpen day. Let’s see if the Jays can muster up anything.

First pitch:
1:37 p.m. EST. TV & Radio: Sportsnet.

Starting pitchers:

NameTeamGS
W
L
IP
ERA
xERA
ERA-
FIP
WHIP
K/9
BB/9
Kevin GausmanTOR50321.05.576.331464.301.577.712.57
Gavin StoneLAD52125.04.684.141173.681.446.484.32

Teams:

– Data via Baseball-Reference

Lineups:


BLUE JAYS:
  1. G Springer (R) RF
  2. V Guerrero Jr. (R) DH
  3. B Bichette (R) SS
  4. J Turner (R) 1B
  5. D Schneider (R) LF
  6. D Varsho (L) CF
  7. I Kiner-Falefa (R) 3B
  8. A Kirk (R) C
  9. C Biggio (L) 2B

DODGERS:
  1. M Betts (R) SS
  2. S Ohtani (L) DH
  3. F Freeman (L) 1B
  4. T Hernández (R) LF
  5. M Muncy (L) 3B
  6. A Pages (R) RF
  7. J Outman (L) CF
  8. G Lux (L) 2B
  9. A Barnes (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@thenationnetwork.com.

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