In one of his more shaky outings on Sunday, Drew Hutchison displayed poor command of his bread and butter: the fastball — a pitch that hovers around the 70-percent usage mark for the Toronto Blue Jays‘ youngster. The faithful need not to worry, as four walks in 4.1 innings is not in this kid’s DNA. The real representation lies somewhere in between Sunday’s performance and his three walks in his last 26.1 innings pitched.
Just as was the case in his previous start against the Philadelphia Phillies, where his five earned runs against don’t even begin to tell the truth; it’s been the one bad blow-up inning that has currently stalled his ascension into the Blue Jays’ No.1 role. Make no mistake, Hutch is primed to reclaim what he started, even with the time-traveler Mark Buehrle reinventing himself.
After grinding his way back from the Tommy John experience, it’s only natural that a few bumps in the road will be showcased. The recent back and forth performances from fellow TJ patient Dustin McGowan and new-found man of the hour Buehrle have shielded Hutchison from the media wolves. However, Hutch needs to be called out just like anybody else. The mental lapses as the game progresses do hold cause for concern. Inexperience can cut one slack for only so long; a bright future is staring the righty in the face, but will only be realized when bad habits are met head-on.
The pedigree has been proven. Next stop, consistency.