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Kevin Gausman’s Splitter
Since it’s a Kevin Gausman day we’ll get him out of the way first. As with every start he makes, his splitter was thrown early and often, and it was as nasty as ever. He put away Jackie Bradley Jr. on a great one here in the third.
Connor Seabold’s Slider
Opposing Gausman in Toronto was Red Sox rookie Connor Seabold. Seabold made just his second career start on Monday, and his first in 2022. He did run into a bit of trouble against the Blue Jays’ potent lineup but picked up a strikeout of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on a late breaking slider in the first.
Erick Fedde’s Curveball
Erick Fedde struck out a pair in the first, accounting for half of his total on the day. Both first inning punchouts came by way of the curve, and this one to Ke’Bryan Hayes was particularly nasty.
Paul Blackburn’s Sinker
Paul Blackburn has pitched parts of five seasons in Oakland, but in his sixth season in the Bay Area he is getting his shot as a full-time starter. He’s made the most of it so far and entered Monday with a sub-3.00 ERA. Not known as a strikeout pitcher, he only ranks in the 17th percentile in that regard, he did add seven to his total on Monday. He ended the first with a great running backdoor two seamer to freeze Giancarlo Stanton.
Triston McKenzie’s Curveball
Triston McKenzie ran into some trouble on Monday, allowing seven runs in only six innings. He did, however, break off a few nasty curveballs including this one to Carlos Correa to end the first.
Adam Wainwright’s Curveball
Adam Wainwright cruised through his outing against the Marlins on Monday night. He encountered a bit of trouble in the fourth but worked his way out thanks to his big, signature breaker. Bryan De La Cruz, tried, but could not hold up.
Pablo López’s Changeup
Pablo López took the mound opposite Wainwright in St. Louis but did not find the same success as the veteran righty. López allowed five runs in as many innings. He also struck out five and ended the second on a full count changeup to Juan Yepez.
Lucas Giolito’s Changeup
After a stretch of three starts in which he allowed at least four earned runs, Lucas Giolito bounced back with a strong performance in Anaheim. Giolito struck out six—five coming on his changeup. He put away Mike Trout twice on the pitch, including here in the third.
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