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Maximizes the usage the Jays can get from LH relievers, who are less needed in Ryu starts. Also, Shoe throws a lot of splitters, which Rays hitters haven't handled well this year, especially some key LHBs. And last game threw harder than Walker does; Rays struggle with top velo.
"In a three-game series, the goal is to win two of them. So to put our ace in the middle make sense to us." Charlie Montoyo explains his decision to name Matt Shoemaker the @BlueJays starter in Game 1 against the Rays. Details: https://t.co/3uhzfbgXk8
Starting Hyun Jin Ryu in Game 2 is surprising, but it is what it is. Keeping Taijuan Walker in Game 3 in this setup when he's been one of the club's better pitchers since the trade is more difficult to wrap my head around. #BlueJays
Well the wind was blowing in this direction for the last couple days or so, but I'm still shocked. #BlueJays are going with Matt Shoemaker in Game 1. Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2 and Taijuan Walker in Game 3.
Kevin Cash uses a lot of platoons. #BlueJays must like how their bullpen matches up vs. that lineup and forces Cash to pick specific matchups. Toronto hasn't done anything conventional all year, guess it's not starting now.
So #Bluejays pull the shocker, going Shoemaker-Ryu-Walker for their rotation. Ryu gets an extra day of rest. That said, it's a three-game series. He's only pitching once anyway. Montoyo says they're being creative. The danger is they're overthinking it. We'll see.