GDB 55.0: Kevin Kiermaier not in the lineup as Blue Jays kick off series with Brewers

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Cam Lewis
1 year ago
Following their first off-day in over two weeks, Toronto Blue Jays are set to kick off a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.
Yusei Kikuchi will take the mound for Toronto looking for his first quality start since the team’s series with the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this month. Kikuchi has a 4.56 ERA over 10 starts this season and he’s struggled to a 7.90 ERA over his last three outings.
Going for the Brewers will be Adrian Houser, who’ll be making his fifth start of the season following a groin issue suffered during spring training. Houser has a 2.25 ERA for the season over four starts and he didn’t allow any runs in his most recent two outings.
Kevin Kiermaier won’t be in Toronto’s lineup for a second consecutive game. The three-time Gold Glove winner was pulled from Saturday’s game in Minnesota after trying to throw a runner out at home from centre field. Kiermaier is listed as day-to-day with lower back soreness.
This series will also make the return of former Blue Jay Rowdy Tellez to Toronto. He was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2013, made his Major League debut with the team in 2019, and was traded to Milwaukee during the 2021 season.
First pitch: 5:07 p.m. EST
Toronto Blue Jays: 28-26, 10.0 GB, 3.5 WCGB, +20 DIFF.
Milwaukee Brewers: 28-25, – GB, – WCGB. -11 DIFF.
Odds via BetanoBrewers +130, Blue Jays -154
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Yusei Kikuchi – 5-2, 51 1/3 IP, 4.56 ERA, 1.383 WHIP, 8.4 SO/9, 2.5 BB/9
MIL: Adrian Houser – 1-0, 20.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 6.3 SO/9, 1.8 BB/9
TOR: Springer RF, Bichette SS, Guerrero Jr. 1B, Belt DH, Chapman 3B, Merrifield LF, Varsho CF, Kirk C, Biggio 2B

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