Blue Jays Series Recap – Swept By Baltimore

The Toronto Blue Jays can hardly wait to get to the airport and get out of dodge after a dreadful three game series in Baltimore.  After earning the first four-game sweep in franchise history against the Kansas City Royals (while in K.C.) they dropped all three contests to the Orioles. 

A few bad habits from the Royals series such as leaving too many base runners and relying on some crazy defensive efforts crept their way into the series against Baltimore.  Unfortunately the Orioles aren’t the Royals and capitalized when they had a chance.

The body language was pretty terrible for a lot of Blue Jays.  Yunel Escobar looked disinterested, distracted and almost defeated.  He made a couple uncharacteristic errors in the field and appeared to sulk when things didn’t go his way.

Jose Bautista struggled all series and while his body language was nowhere near as bad as Escobar he was definitely frustrated at the dish.  The Blue Jays batters couldn’t get anything going and the energy just wasn’t there.  Check out my updated post on Jose Bautista’s early season struggles including some key stats and ratios.

The Jays had a couple awful calls go against them, check out this strikezone plot and particularly the sixth pitch (a called third strike) to Colby Rasmus in the 7th inning:

Just a bit inside?  I didn’t even want to show the Arencibia called third strike as I am not sure it wouldn’t even register it was so low.

On the mound Drew Hutchison made his second career start and while he wasn’t spectacular he kept the Blue Jays in the game.  His line on Thursday night was 5.0+ IP, 6 hits, 2 earned, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts on 88 pitches.  His velocity was definitely down from his first start with his fastball averaging only 89.9  MPH (nearly 2 MPH slower than his MLB debut) but again he wasn’t the reason for the loss.

Here are the recaps and boxscores from the series.

Game 1 – Orioles 2, Jays 1.

Game 2 – Orioles 3, Jays 0.

Game 3 – Orioles 5, Jays 2.

Next up for the Jays are the Seattle Mariners who are fresh off of a surprising sweep of everyone’s favourite team in the offseason the Detroit Tigers.  They had better hope the score more than three runs over a three game series.


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