The Toronto Blue Jays are once again on the outside looking in. After being defeated by the New York Yankees two out of three games, they find themselves a ½ game behind the Yankees for top spot in the AL east. In game one, the Jays held a lead late but fell apart in the eighth inning and gave up four runs capped with a Carlos Beltran solo homerun to lose 4-3. Game two was the Mashashiro Tanaka show. He went the distance only squandering five hits giving up one earned run. Marco Estrada was very good as well but was not helped. Estrada went six strong innings only giving up three hits and two earned runs.

Now we all know Drew Hutchinson has been one of the best Blue Jays pitcher wins wise, but ERA wise has been abysmal on the road, which leads his ERA (earned run average) to be on the high end.

Heading into Sunday’s start, the Jays were winners of seven straight when Hutch took the mound and 16-7 in total in his 23 starts. It seemed like it would be the perfect scenario, 11-2 on the season and pitching at home where his ERA has been much better than on the road where he sports a 9.00 ERA.

So now we skip ahead to game time. Hutchinson came into the game with a 9-1 record at home with an ERA just over 2.60 and a wonderful strikeout to walk ratio of 70-19. Hutchinson continued his at most points dominance on home surface. Hutch went 6 2/3 giving up only three hits and one earned run. With the win, Hutch moved to 10-1 with a 2.57 ERA at home and lowered his overall ERA to 5.06. The Jays ended up winning the game 3-1 behind a two run homer from Jose Bautista in the third inning.

Even with his strong outing on Sunday and his dominance at home, Hutchinson seems to be the odd man out as the Jays look to be moving to a four man rotation.

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It was probably easy for the Jays to make this decision as RA Dickey is the next on the list as far as ERA on the Jays with a 3.96. That’s an average of more than one run more per game that Hutch is giving up. That leads to the question however: shouldn’t Hutchinson be getting starts at home? We know he has been horrendous on the road but has the second most wins at home with one of the lowest ERA’s. Although a decision has yet to be made, Hutchinson isn’t scheduled in any of the Jays upcoming eight games as they hit the road for eleven days.

So is sending Hutchinson to AAA Buffalo a smart idea for the next eleven days? I’ll tell you why it is. Hutchinson would not start regularly for the next four or five days which would most likely come against an offensive primed Los Angeles Angels (who are chasing the Jays) in Anaheim. That is the perfect recipe for disaster as, like mentioned before, Hutch has been horrendous on the road as he owns the worst ERA on the road in the league.

By sending Hutch to AAA Buffalo, he would get a start in Buffalo to keep himself on track for his next Jays start that tentatively sits on August 29th at home.They would in return call up a bullpen pitcher for this pivotal stretch over the next eleven days.

What do you do?

We know what has happened in the last few years when the Jays have went on big streaks. They follow them up with poor stints. As the Jays trail the Yankees by ½ a game and are only four games secure of a playoff spot, this isn’t the time for the Toronto Blue Jays to go on a losing streak. Their action continues tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies. First pitch is 7:07.