Oct 15th, 2019 at 20:07
NEW YORK – Drew Hutchison is in a midseason slump. [url=https://www.spurslockerroom.com/David-Robinson-City-Edition-Jersey/]David Robinson Jersey[/url] . It hasnt been pretty lately. He knows it. Theres something hed like to get out of the way. Something hed like us to know, the answer to a question hed like to no longer be asked. Hes not tired. Also, hes healthy. "I wouldnt be on the mound if I wasnt," said Hutchison. "If Im on the mound then Im good to go. Id never put the team in that situation or myself in that situation after what Ive been through, given what I had to go through to get back to where I am now. I certainly wouldnt jeopardize that." When Hutchison first toed the rubber for his July 6 start in Oakland, three outings ago, he was sporting a 3.81 ERA. His ERA for the season now sits at 4.54. There had been some brilliant starts, like his masterful two-hit shutout of the Rangers on May 16 in Arlington and two seven-scoreless efforts (June 3 in Detroit and June 13 in Baltimore). Hed also had his struggles but they wouldnt linger. After those outings hed hear musings about his home-road splits (7.71 ERA in eight home starts; 2.97 ERA in 12 road starts) and hed be asked, including by TSN.ca, whether the inconsistency was a byproduct of a pitcher throwing a large quantity of innings for the first time since undergoing the Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. Hutchison is a mature kid. Hes poised. When you talk to him, its easy to forget hes only 23 years old. His pitching coach offers a reminder when asked to explain why Hutchison can look dominating in one appearance and anything but in the next. He may be mature but he is a kid. "I just think it still comes down to experience at this level. When you do struggle, how to make those adjustments; sometimes a veteran guy, in a game like the last one, will find a way to get through that," said Pete Walker. "Hes still at a point where he gets frustrated. Hes emotional and he wants to have success and he wants to be out there and he wants everyone to want him out there, which we do. "So I think he puts added pressure on himself right now." In Hutchisons last three starts, all losses, hes allowed 15 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (9.87 ERA). Hes given up 23 hits and walked seven in that span. Hes coming off the shortest start of his career not interrupted by injury, 2 2/3 innings of work on Monday in a 14-1 loss to Boston. Known as a command guy, that element has eluded Hutchison of late. He explained by first drawing a distinction. "Theres a big difference between command and control. Control is not walking guys; command is commanding the baseball where you want it to be," said Hutchison. "That could be throwing the slider a little bit off the plate, throwing a slider on the plate, throwing it where you want to, commanding the baseball. You can command the baseball and walks guys. I think thats a lot different than control. Controls just throwing it in the box and not walking guys. "To command the baseball to all four quadrants, like I like to do with all my pitches, thats something that wasnt there to where Im capable of having it in my last start." "We still have to continue to refine his slider," said Walker. "His slider at times is probably more of an issue than his fastball, being able to get that in the zone so he doesnt have to be as fine with his heater. The same with his changeup so I think his secondary stuff is still a little bit of a work in progress. I think when the fastball location isnt quite there he has to be able to use his secondary stuff as well to get through those kinds of outings." Hutchison takes the ball on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, looking to help snap his teams 17-game losing streak in the Bronx. More importantly, a win would pull the Blue Jays back even with New York for second place in the American League East. Another thing he wants you to know: regardless of his relative inexperience and whatever the outcome, he wont be overwhelmed. If hes struggling early, Hutchison knows his fortunes could change in the blink of an eye. "There are times when you know, hey, I need to make a pitch right here," said Hutchison. "Sometimes you can be not making pitches and sometimes you make one pitch and you can get out of it with nothing and then find your rhythm and go seven innings. Thats happened before." SUITING UP Mark Buehrle got the series-opening start in New York on Friday night. On Friday morning, he was the veteran doing good by some of his youngest teammates. 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The 25-year-old was traded to Oakland on Friday in exchange for cash considerations. McGuire was designated for assignment on July 18 to make room on the 40-man roster for Brad Mills, whod been claimed off waivers from Oakland and who has since been taken off the 40-man roster and demoted to Triple-A Buffalo. [url=https://www.spurslockerroom.com/Sean-Elliott-City-Edition-Jersey/]Sean Elliott Jersey[/url] . - For years William Gay kept quiet. [url=https://www.spurslockerroom.com/George-Gervin-City-Edition-Jersey/]George Gervin Jersey[/url] . The Hockey Canada Foundation is donating $50,000, with Hockey Quebec contributing $15,000. Hockey Canada also announced it will hold a skills camp for all levels of minor hockey in Lac-Mégantic during the 2013-14 season. Representatives from Hockey Canada, the Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Quebec were on hand Tuesday night at a meeting of the AHM de Lac-Mégantic to make the announcement and presentation. 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"Youve got to test it out sometime, you know," said Buchter, with the game ball safely nestled in his glove in his locker. "Its a good chance to get experience." The win moved the Braves back into first place by one-half game and maintained their mastery over their division rivals. Atlanta was struggling before arriving in D.C. this week, but the club is 20-7 vs. Washington since the start of last season, including the first two of this four-game set. Evan Gattis, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 19 games, singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th off Jerry Blevins (2-3). Andrelton Simmons followed with an RBI groundout that might have been an inning-ending double play had second baseman Danny Espinosa not bobbled the ball. Jordan Walden worked the 13th for his second save, long after Craig Kimbrel blew a save for the fourth time this season. 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Until Rendons homer, the Braves were poised to celebrate another nine-inning edition of continued dominance of the Nationals, this time by two-striking Stephen Strasburg into submission while riding Mike Minors 11 strikeouts. The Braves got nine hits against Strasburg, and six came with a pair of strikes, including every run-producing play: Freddie Freemans first-inning home run, Simmons fourth-inning RBI single and Jason Heywards two-run double in the fifth. That was plenty of support as long as Minor was in the game. He allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings, and his 11 strikeouts were one short of a career high. Minor had given up 11 runs and 22 hits over nine innings in his previous two starts. The Braves fouled pitches and worked the count so successfully that Strasburg had thrown 107 pitches by the time he was pulled after six innings, even though he didnt walk a batter. He allowed nine hits -- tying a career high -- and struck out eight. Minor, by contrast, was able to finish off the Nationals batters. He gave up Ian Desmonds mammoth homer in the second inning -- the ball landed only a row or two from the cherry trees behind the left-field bleachers -- and Denard Spans RBI triple in the seventh. Minors performance nearly got him his first win since May 19. "Ninety-nine per cent of the time," Gonzalez said, "he gets a W there." NOTES: Gattis has the longest active hitting streak in the majors. ... Braves RHP Gavin Floyd was placed on the 15-day disabled list, one day after breaking a bone in his throwing elbow in the seventh inning of Thursdays win. Floyd flew to Atlanta to be examined by team doctors. Gonzalez said Alex Wood will take Floyds spot in the rotation, starting Wednesday against the Houston Astros. ... Atlanta OF Justin Upton complained again of dizziness and was not in the lineup. He did not play Wednesday and appeared only as a pinch-hitter Thursday. Gonzalez said it is time for Upton to "get a full evaluation, wherever that may be." ' ' '