After tying a franchise tying record 11-game winning streak we knew the Blue Jays would likely come back to earth a bit. It is hard to stay that hot and have enough breaks go your way when you are on a torrid winning streak so a 2-5 stumble on the road against Tampa Bay and Boston isn’t outlandish. When you count the previous series sweep of the Baltimore Orioles the Jays record was 5-5 against three of the toughest team in the AL East – not bad.
With a little luck the Blue Jays could have pulled this one out on Sunday to tie the series however an untimely error by catcher turned first basemen Josh Thole put an end to that idea. Jose Bautista did the near impossible in the top of the 9th by hitting a homerun off of the near untouchable Koji Uehara.
Wes is taking a much deserved vacation from baseball but still had time to recap game two of the series and specifically the value (or lack thereof) of starting pitcher Josh Johnson. It’s an interesting read:
I’m unclear about Johnson’s value as a starter. He’s injury prone, but we knew that. A pitcher can be effective before and after an injury. What I was unprepared for was his passivity on the mound, a low 90s fastball, and his inability to get major league players out. It’s no wonder he’s getting knocked around like a pinata at a 7-year old’s birthday party. I doubt very much whether he will contribute meaningfully to any success the Jays might experience this season.
This raises a twofold problem, though. Morrow and Happ are both out for the foreseeable future, and the Jays don’t have the depth to replace 3 starters. Johnson either needs to improve dramatically, which is unlikely, or he needs to be replaced. Looking ahead, can you see the Jays pursuing him when the season’s finished? Neither can I.
Read all of his insightful prior game recaps here.
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CURRENT RECORD: 41-41, 5th place, 8.0 games out of first place. (+0 run differential)
Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)
Game 1 – Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4 – Lester shines before leaving with injury.
Game 2 – Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 5 – Plenty of hits (15) for Red Sox.
Game 3 – Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2 – Bautista HRs twice, Esmil Rogers solid.
Game 4 – Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 – Bautista game tying HR in 9th not enough.
UP NEXT: The Blue Jays welcome the struggling Detroit Tigers to town (43-38, +71 run differential, 3-7 L10).