After mowing down a potent lineup to earn his first career shutout, Toronto Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez may have a good chance for another gem against the major league-worst Minnesota Twins.
Alvarez looks to help the Blue Jays continue their recent domination of the Twins as the teams open a four-game set Thursday night at Target Field.
Five days after throwing six-plus innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 win over Seattle, Alvarez (2-2, 2.83 ERA) proved even more impressive in Friday's 4-0 road victory over the Los Angeles Angels. The 22-year-old right-hander went the distance, allowing six hits and a walk and throwing 71 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
"He's got confidence," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Even if he's got two men on base, he's always a pitch away from slowing down any damage with a ground ball. We saw his overall composure last year in the 10 starts he made for us, and it continues right now."
Averaging just 2.6 strikeouts per nine innings, Alvarez ...