The Blue Jays get shut out of the game and of the series against the Chicago White Sox and 3 former Blue Jays.
Wednesday was a wasted effort by Marco Estrada and the final result, a 3-0 series win by the Chicago White Sox, a team that now includes Dioner Navarro, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera. In 2015, the Jays only got swept once in a 3 game series. Estrada actually did great with a sore arm and leaving after 118 pitches. He gave up his one bad hit to none other than his old catcher Dioner Navarro who got a triple. Dioner obviously had the advantage of see each of his pitches for a year.
The bullpen is supposed to save the starter. That has NOT happened. More than half of inherited runs are still getting home. This is the highest in the league. The bullpen lacks pitchers who can strike batters out and keep runners on the bases. In addition to the shortcomings of starting pitcher R. A. Dickey, this has been a consistent problem amidst the intermittent problems with batting and defense.
The pitchers that the Jays retained and acquired were pitchers that could limit runs to 3 or less. This was with the assumption that the hitters would hit! This has not been happening as we all know too well.
And defense was a bit of a circus out in right field Wednesday night.
The lineup has been shuffled on an almost daily basis. I think this lack of stability is not helping matters at all.
But I do think we need to move at least Russell Martin down the lineup. His at bats should be limited until he finds it. The wasted batters need to be grouped together at the bottom. Too many runners are getting left on base because adequate hitters are followed by the inadequate.
GIBBY GETS EJECTED
John Gibbons was not happy with a lot of the homeplate umpire’s calls and they argued a fair bit. Ultimately, the homeplate umpire butt his nose in and ejected Gibby even though Gibby wasn’t talking to him. Ridiculous.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that the Toronto Blue Jays were down 7-1 heading into the 9th, they ended up giving up 3 more runs. The White Sox had a field day on Tuesday night. This was the first game I didn’t want to watch. It was assumed that it would be bad with Sale who’s been hot for a while and R. A. Dickey who’s been cold this season, but I’m not sure about a 10-1 game? If it weren’t for a solo homerun shot by Edwin Encarnacion, it would have been a 10-0 shutout!
It was all left hander Chris Sale. Toronto had 3 dinky hits besides the homerun. Not only did Dickey allow 6 runs in 6 innings, Biagini allowed 1 and Storen, the previous closer, allowed 3 runs pitching to 5 batters. Toronto’s greatest weaknesses? R. A. Dickey and the bullpen. No doubt.
Check out the playful side of Josh Donaldson.
Stroman was the starter Monday night and he held the Chicago White Sox back allowing only 1 run into the 7th inning. The Blue Jays led 5-1 when he got the hook after allowing 2 singles then getting nailed in the left arm off the bat of ex-Blue Jay Dioner Navarro. He shook it off but then pitched 4 balls to Austin Jackson. I think John Gibbons thought he was hurt and couldn’t pitch, but it turned out to be a disastrous decision to yank him.
Brett Cecil came in with 2 outs, and got yanked with still only 2 outs after allowing 3 runs. Gavin Floyd replaced him but also allowed 2 runs.
So what is going on with Brett Cecil? The lights-out, go-to, left-hander from 2015? So far in 2016, he has notched 4 LOSSES despite being a middle reliever and having pitched only 8.2 innings! His ERA is now 5.19 compared to 2.48 last season. On Monday’s game, he came in in a fairly low leverage situation with 2 on but a 4-run lead. The lead dropped to 1-run and he couldn’t get an out.
Looking at this year’s scatter plot vs last year, it looks like he’s given up on the changeup, but otherwise, looks fairly the same except for a slow end curveball.
Batters do not appear to be whiffing at the curveball and sinkers. So maybe he has to figure out another way to strike batters out? Personally, I think he’s just out of shape. He looks off balance on the mound and he has gained all the weight that Dickey has lost. He had been a bit better lately until this game, but boy do the Jays need him to sort himself out. Imagine how the playoffs would have turned out if Cecil 2015 had not been injured and had played when the team needed him?