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Jays keeping starters to strict pitch counts

Jays keeping starters to strict pitch counts

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CHICAGO -- Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston pulled the plug on Dana Eveland's strong outing after the left-hander threw just 90 pitches in Thursday's 2-0 win over the White Sox. Under the circumstances, Gaston did not deem it necessary to leave Eveland in for another inning or two.

"Sometimes, you let them leave on a good note and that's what he left on," Gaston said. "We'll save those 10 pitches or 20 pitches for the rest of the season."

It was a decision that fell in line with the Blue Jays' overall approach to their starting pitchers this season. Gaston and pitching coach Bruce Walton do not want to exceed 100-105 pitches with any of the starters unless the situation dictates otherwise. Up to this point, the Jays have done well in executing that strategy.

Through 30 games, the rotation has exceeded 105 pitches only four times, and no pitcher has logged more than 111 throws in any one outing. Entering Friday, the Jays' starting staff was averaging 15.5 pitches per inning (fourth best in the Majors behind the Cardinals, Twins and Rays) and 98.1 pitches per game.

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