Friday, September 16, 2011

Pitching Match-Ups at Toronto

Game 1: Tonight @ 7:07 PM | TV: My9 | Radio: WCBS
LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 2.93) vs. RHP Dustin McGowan (0-0, 9.00)

Game 2: Tomorrow @ 1:07 PM | TV: YES | Radio: WCBS
RHP Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.55) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.09)

Game 3: Sunday @ 3:35 PM | TV: YES/ESPN | Radio: WCBS
RHP Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71) vs. TBA

Brett Cecil was originally slated to go tonight, but it was recently announced that McGowan would be taking his place. So far as I know, there haven't been any changes for tomorrow, and a starter for Sunday has yet to be announced.

Who to Watch:
Jose Bautista, RF - .304/.444/.628, 186 wRC+
Joey Bats is in the midst of what may very well be the worst month of his outstanding 2011 campaign ... and he's still raking to the tune of a 124 wRC+ in September, swatting 3 HR in only 45 AB. Through twelve games, Bautista is batting .282/.440/.615 with 4 HR against the Yankees.

Brett Lawrie, 3B - .303/.378/.629, 182 wRC+
I can't help but consider Lawrie Ryan Braun 2.0, in terms of his power, approach, and unrestrained personality. The Yankees have limited to a double and a walk in eleven plate appearances ... but he's the Blue Jays' most dangerous hitter this side of Bautista.

Dustin McGowan, SP
July 8, 2008. Prior to suiting up for Toronto's High-A affiliate this spring, that was the last time that McGowan had thrown a professional pitch. In the meantime, he had two separate shoulder surgeries - one to clean-up a frayed labrum and the other to repair a torn rotator cuff, both of which have ended careers - and knee surgery. His tenacity in his journey back to the Majors is admirable, and I can't help but root for the guy.

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