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Blue Jays Series Recap – Jays Take 2/3 From A’s

The Blue Jays took two out of three games against one of the hotter teams in all of baseball but outside of improving their run differential (by 4 runs) they failed to make up a single game in the AL East or the wild card race.  Still it was nice to see the team play the Oakland A’s so tough and they really looked liked the superior team in most aspects and they will hope to continue this strong play against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels have lost six games in a row and are 2-8 in their last ten games.  They recently lost Albert Pujols and if the Blue Jays have any hope of a late season surge I don’t think a four game sweep is asking for too much.  This is a time the Jays just have to go for the jugular.

CURRENT RECORD: 50-57, 5th place, 14.0 games out of first place, 9.0 games out of wild card (-20 run differential)

Wes has an extensive look at the history of PEDs in MLB and is definitely worth a full read.

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Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)

Game 1 – A’s 9, Blue Jays 4 – Esmil Rogers roughed up badly.

Game 2 – Blue Jays 5, A’s 0 – Mark Buerhle continues hot run.

Game 3 – Blue Jays 5, A’s 2 – Blue Jays win in extras.

UP NEXT: Blue Jays remain on the left coast to face the Los Angeles Angels (48-58, -20 run differential, 2-8 L10) for a four game weekend series.

Blue Jays Series Recap – Jays Take 3/4 From Astros

I was able to take in the game on Saturday which was of course the only game the Blue Jays didn’t win in the series.  Josh Johnson looked awful and the fans let him know about it.  JP Arencibia continued to struggle and heard about it from the fans as well.  It’s been a while since I have updated the current record and run differential and I think it’s official – the Blue Jays aren’t making the playoffs this season.

CURRENT RECORD: 48-56, 5th place, 14.0 games out of first place, 9.0 games out of wild card (-24 run differential)

What to do with Josh Johnson?  Read my piece here.

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Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)

Game 1 – Blue Jays 4, Astros 0 – Mark Buehrle masterful.

Game 2 – Blue Jays 12, Astros 6 – Jays hit 5 HRs.

Game 3 – Astros 8, Blue Jays 6 – Josh Johnson absolutely dreadful.

Game 4 – Blue Jays 2, Astros 1 – Rasmus with winning single in bottom of 9th.

UP NEXT: Off to the west coast to face the tough Oakland A’s for a mid-week three game set (62-43, +63 run differential, 6-4 L10).

Blue Jays Series Recap – Jays Take 2/3 From Twinkies

The Blue Jays needed a sweep versus the Minnesota Twins in my opinion.  There is no more room to give away games against such an inferior team but unfortunately RA Dickey did not bring his A-game (again) and the Blue Jays squandered an early bases loaded rally to lose game two of the series.  The Jays took care of business in game one and two but if they hope to make a late run to the postseason these are the series that must be swept.

CURRENT RECORD: 43-45, 5th place, 10.0 games out of first place, 6.0 games out of wild card (-6 run differential)

Is Adam Lind’s 2013 resurgence for real?  Read my piece here.

Be sure to check out the daily AL East Prospect report.  Focusing on the five AL East farm systems and notable daily performances!  Marcus Stroman just tossed another gem.

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Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)

Game 1 – Blue Jays 4, Twins 0 – Bautista hits #20 and Buehrle solid once again.

Game 2 – Twins 6, Blue Jays 0 – RA Dickey struggles with lousy hitting Twins, six earned.

Game 3 – Blue Jays 11, Twins 5 – Todd Redmond picks up win as bats come alive.

UP NEXT: Off day Monday and then the Blue Jays travel to Cleveland to play the Indians for a mid-week three game set (46-42, +16 run differential, 6-4 L10).

Blue Jays Series Recap – Jays Lose 3/4 to Red Sox

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.

Is Adam Lind’s 2013 resurgence for real?  Read my piece 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).

Blue Jays Series Recap – Blue Jays Sweep Orioles

Everyone thought that sweeping the Rockies and Rangers was nice but once the team returned to the AL East to face the division’s hottest team in the Baltimore Orioles that the real test was about to occur.  Well if this series was a test the Blue Jays answered and then some.  The Jays earned not only their third straight series sweep but also tied a franchise record when they recorded their 11th straight victory with a 13-5 win over the O’s to complete the series sweep.

The Blue Jays are now 5.0 games back of first place in the AL East and have their first positive run differential of the entire season.

Wes recapped game three and the hopeful resurgence of struggling slugger Jose Bautista:

Is this a turnaround game for Jose Bautista? He and RP Darren O’Day started a little feud in game 1. O’Day made a comment after striking out Bautista, to which Bautista took exception. When game 2 was on the line, Showalter brought in O’Day to pitch and Bautista homered. He said a few words to O’Day as he rounded third and O’Day responded in kind. Today, Jose was 0-1 after his first plate appearance but it was his second plate appearance that made it look like things were turning. He walked. That’s it, that’s all. Then he walked in his third plate appearance. Then he doubled to the right-center alley in his 4thplate appearance. He’s hit several homers in this cold stretch, but mostly because he’s a dead-red fastball hitter and pitcher like to throw fastballs. Other than that he wasn’t striking the ball with authority very often. Thee walks tell me that he’s seeing the ball well and has a good idea of the strike zone. The double tells me that he’s able to put it all—the strike zone concept, the knowledge, and the swing—in a nice, tidy package with a bow on it.

Read all of his insightful prior game recaps here.

Are the Blue Jays fans bandwagon jumpers or just one of the more passionate fan bases?  Check out my take here.

Wes asks Blue Jays nation what the team should do with Mune Kawasaki with two separate pieces here and here.

Be sure to check out the daily AL East Prospect report.  Focusing on the five AL East farm systems and notable daily performances!

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CURRENT RECORD: 38-36, 5th place, 5.0 games out of first place. (+6 run differential)

Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)

Game 1 – Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6 – Rajai Davis with a clutch 9th inning run as Jays win a close one.

Game 2 – Blue Jays 4, Orioles 2 – Bautista with a big night as he hits homerun off Darren O’Day to win it.

Game 3 – Blue Jays 13, Orioles 5 – Blue Jays hammer Orioles for 11th straight victory!

UP NEXT: The Blue Jays travel to Tampa to face another AL East rival for an important three game set versus the Rays (39-37, +14 run differential, 4-6 L10).

Blue Jays Series Recap – Jays Sweep Rockies

Don’t look now but the Blue Jays are on a winning streak.  With much improved starting pitching from some unlikely sources and timely hitting up and down the lineup the Toronto Blue Jays have won eight games in a row.  The fan base is re-energized and the idea of some actual meaningful baseball later in the summer might not be so outlandish.

The Blue Jays took care of business against the short handed Rockies who were without there start shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.  In game one Josh Johnson really took care of business pitching a complete gem (7.1 innings, 5 hits, 0 earned, 2 BB and 10 K’s).  It was easily the best performance of his short Blue Jays career and hopefully a sign of things to come.

The longest winning streak in Toronto Blue Jays history is 11-straight victories.  This was performed twice in the franchise’s history – once in 1987 and again in 1998.  From a Bleacher Report piece here are some interesting details of the two streaks:

(1987) Toronto Blue Jays manager Jimy Williams was borderline abusive towards Mark Eichhorn in 1987. He used the reliever 89 times (127.2 IP) throughout the campaign.

Eichhorn, not surprisingly, made seven appearances between June 2-13, the start and end dates of this streak.

Top performers during streak: Tony Fernandez (.348/.412/.652), Dave Stieb (2-0, 1.42 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)

Final 1987 record: 96-66

(1998) Shortstop Tony Fernandez had several stints with U.S. teams while in the prime of his career. He re-signed north of the border in 1998 and had remarkable offensive value.

Jose Canseco and Roger Clemens were other older guys holding up suspiciously well as the calendar turned to September.

Top performers during streak: Jose Canseco (.341/.438/.829), Roger Clemens (2-0, 1.06 ERA, 0.65 WHIP).

Final 1998 record: 88-74

Wes recapped game three and had a look at our lock down bullpen:

This bullpen is exactly what Alex Anthopoulos anticipated when he made all those deals for relievers. I openly questioned the wisdom of dealing everyday players for relievers as AA made a lot of deals for RP over the last couple of seasons. Esmil Rogers cost the Jays a manager, a reliever, and two quality utility players. JA Happ was originally acquired to be a long reliever, and Brandon Lyon was part of that package. Steve Delabar and Brad Lincoln cost the Jays two young outfielders. Frank Francisco cost the Jays Mike Napoli. Sergio Santos cost a low-level prospect. Then we need to consider all of the free agent RP they signed (Darren Oliver; Kevin Gregg; Francisco Cordero; Jon Rauch; Octavio Dotel; etc.). Then there were the AAAA pitchers and journeymen, such as Coello, Chavez, Korecky, Igarashi, Walters, Tallet, and Miller.

Read all of his insightful prior game recaps here.  The last three pieces have included updated offensive, defensive and pitching statistics and league rankings.  Well worth a look, click the link to see all of the recaps and reviews.

Are the Blue Jays fans bandwagon jumpers or just one of the more passionate fan bases?  Check out my take here.

Be sure to check out the daily AL East Prospect report.  Focusing on the five AL East farm systems and notable daily performances!

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CURRENT RECORD: 35-36, 5th place, 7.5 games out of first place. (-5 run differential)

Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)

Game 1 – Blue Jays 2, Rockies 0 – Josh Johnson masterful as Jays squeak out close one.

Game 2 – Blue Jays 8, Rockies 3 – Encarnacion with big game as Jays dominate.

Game 3 – Blue Jays 5, Rockies 2 – Back-to-back series sweeps and 8-game winning streak.

UP NEXT: Off day Thursday and then the Jays welcome AL East rival Baltimore to Toronto for an important three game set versus the Orioles (42-31, +25 run differential, 7-3 L10).

Blue Jays Series Recap – Huge Four Game Sweep Over Rangers

The Blue Jays are finally showing signs of life and are riding a five game winning streak after a four game sweep on the road over the Texas Rangers.  None of the games were particularly competitive and the Jays are getting key contributions from some unlikely sources.  Esmil Rogers and Chien-Ming Wang both picked up key victories in the series and the lineup has gotten big hits from a lot of different sources.

The Blue Jays are now only four games under .500 and while getting back into the playoff race is still a long shot we are at least seeing why there was so much hype and focus on the Blue Jays this past offseason.  Since our past series review (taking 2/3 from the Rangers) the Blue Jays have made up three games on first place in the AL East and our run differential improved by 11 runs.  Can this momentum continue?

I don’t see any way that Esmil Rogers isn’t given a long look as a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays down the stretch.  If he can stay healthy this could be a huge coup for the Jays front office.

Wes recapped game four and had a look at our defensive improvements recently:

It’s time to take a peek at the defense. The Jays’ defense has improved. It’s not great improvement, but it’s noticeable on the field and by the numbers. There a fewer multi-error games, fewer brain cramps, and the players—notably middle infielders, Munenori Kawasaki and Emilio Bonifacio—know each other better. All of these factors have contributed to a slight climb in their performance relative to the AL and their previous efforts.

Read all of his insightful prior game recaps here.  The last three pieces have included updated offensive, defensive and pitching statistics and league rankings.  Well worth a look, click the link to see all of the recaps and reviews.

Earlier in the week we had a look at some potentially controversial remarks made by SP RA Dickey.  Was he taking a swipe at oft-injured teammates Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow?  Read it here.

Wes had a look at a couple trade rumours involving the Detroit Tigers.  Interesting read, check it out here.

Be sure to check out the daily AL East Prospect report.  Focusing on the five AL East farm systems and notable daily performances!

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CURRENT RECORD: 32-36, 5th place, 8.5 games out of first place. (-20 run differential)

Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)

Game 1 – Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1 – Esmil Rogers turns in a great performance.

Game 2 – Blue Jays 8, Rangers 0 – Buehrle again solid.

Game 3 – Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1 – Lind, Rasmus hit big HRs for RA Dickey who bounces back from tough start.

Game 4 – Blue Jays 7, Rangers 2 – Chien-Ming Wang once again pitches well.

UP NEXT: Three game series at home starts Monday versus the Colorado Rockies (37-33, +40 run differential, 5-5 L10).


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