September 27, 2022
Game #53 Preview: Smeltzer vs Gausman

The Blue Jays and Twins play the rubber match of their three game series in Toronto, with each team looking for the series victory after trading blow outs in the first two. Gametime for this one is the awkward 1:37 ET.

Major League fWAR leader Kevin Gausman takes the mound for the Jays, looking to continue his strong debut season. Through 10 starts, he is 5-3 with a 2.51 ERA, coupled with a league best 1.57 FIP through 61 innings. Gausman has been dominant all season, also leading the Majors in K/BB ratio thanks to his minimalistic approach to free passes. While I don’t expect this level of dominance to last the whole season, I’m not really seeing any reason to expect a whole lot of regression either. Gausman is filthy, and he’s fooling hitters way too easily.

Left hander Devin Smeltzer gets the ball for the Twins, and if you’re looking for an opponent to cheer for, Smeltzer is probably your guy. A good article from The Athletic (subscription required) talks about the challenges Smeltzer has faced the last few years coming back from cancer and nerve issues.

Smeltzer has been pitching well so far this year through his 4 games, coming into play with a 2-0 record and 1.50 ERA through 24 innings. He isn’t a big strikeout guy, coming in with just 12, but he has walked just 4 batters and has not surrendered a home run yet.

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