Category: The Good

Blue Jays 5 Braves 0; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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The Blue Jays finished off their 10 game road trip with a 5-0 win in Atlanta, with the win the Jays extend their lead to three and a half over the Yankees. The Blue Jays start their final homestand of the regular season tomorrow night as they host the Boston Red Sox. Marcus Stroman will make his Rogers Centre debut while the Red Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound.

THE GOOD

Marco Estrada was brilliant tonight throwing eight shutout innings allowing three hits walking two while striking out four. Roberto Osuna finished it up with a scoreless ninth inning, it was his first appearance since the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader in the Bronx. Cliff Pennington had himself a night with a 2 for 4 night which included a three run home run in the Blue Jays four run fourth inning. Edwin Encarnacion joined the Blue Jays 30-100 club with a solo homer in the fourth inning, it was his 33rd home run of the season and it gave him 100 RBI on the year. Dioner Navarro and Ryan Goins had a pair of hits on the evening, Navarro’s one hit was a double that would have been a home run in most parks. Josh Donaldson, who had been struggling at the plate, hit home run number 39 on the season in the ninth inning.

THE BAD

The top of the Blue Jays line-up went 1 for 12 on the night, Jose Bautista had a pair of walks and Ben Revere led the game off with a walk. Kevin Pillar was the only other Blue Jay not to join the hit club.

THE UGLY

I got nothing. It was one of those games. Although I suppose the mostly empty stands created for one helluva quiet listless ballpark. I can’t wait to see the Blue Jays back at the Rogers Centre in front of a sold out stadium.

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Blue Jays 9 Braves 1; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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The Blue Jays snapped their two game losing slide with a big win in Atlanta on Wednesday night. The Blue Jays lead in the AL East remains at three games and the Blue Jays will have a chance to extend that lead to three and a half games tonight as the Blue Jays close out a ten game road trip in Atlanta. Marco Estrada will take the ball for the Blue Jays as the Braves counter with Matt Wisler.

THE GOOD

The offence looked much better on Wednesday night as Edwin Encarnacion made his successful return to the lineup by going 3 for 3 with a pair of walks. Russ Martin was 2 for 5 on the night and drove in four runs one of the hits was Martin’s 20th homer of the season. Ben Revere was 2 for 4 with a pair of runs batted it, Kevin Pillar also had a pair of hits on the evening. David Price was great once again as he allowed one run on six hits in seven innings work while allowing three walks and striking out nine picking up his 16th win of the season. Ryan Goins was 1 for 2 on the night but once again his defence stood out as he made a couple of great plays in the field. The first play was a play he made on a ball that was deep in the hole and he did his best Derek Jeter impression by making a strong throw to get the runner at first. The second play was a heads up throw to third on a play where Cliff Pennington missed making the catch on a ball hit to shallow right, Pennington made a heads up throw to Goins at second to get the runner going into second and then Goins made a great throw to third where Josh Donaldson made the tag on the runner, it was one of the more strange double plays one will see.

THE BAD

Pennington and Price were the only Blue Jays starters not to record a hit on the night. Aaron Loup walked the only batter he faced in the bottom of the eighth inning, it’s probably not the best thing in the world to do for a pitcher trying to play himself onto a potential playoff roster to be walking guys with a six run lead.

THE UGLY

It’s surprising to me that in the year 2015 that the Braves still play their “Chop” chant during their games. There was a lot of people on twitter surprised that they would continually play it during the game and quite frankly I was surprised that it got as much play as it did.

 

 

 

Braves 3 Blue Jays 2; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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That didn’t exactly go as planned, but thanks to old friend J.P Arencibia and his Tampa Bay teammates the Blue Jays still have their three game lead atop of the AL East. The Blue Jays magic number stands at 16. The Blue Jays continue their three game set with the Braves Wednesday night as they send David Price to the mound, the Braves counter with Shelby Miller.

THE GOOD

Mark Buehrle who had struggled in his last outing in Boston, had a Buerhle like outing allowing two runs, only one earned, in five innings. He allowed six hits and worked in and out of trouble a few times during the night. Justin Smoak hit his 16th home run on the season which tied the game in the fifth inning. Cliff Penington had himself another great night at the plate going 2 for 3 with a walk. The bullpen was great yet again, Brett Cecil had another excellent outing tossing a scoreless inning striking out a pair of hitters. Mark Lowe worked a scoreless seventh inning. The Blue Jays defence had a good night for the most part as they were able to turn four double plays on the night.

THE BAD

John Gibbons made some head scratching moves, the first one was having Ryan Goins face a lefty in the top of the eighth inning, at the time it seemed off, and it was made to look even worse when he was taken out in the bottom of the eighth in a double switch for Darwin Barney. I’m not going to kill Gibby for going to Aaron Sanchez for a second inning, at the time it seemed like a good move at the time, but after having it blow up on the Blue Jays the last two times they’ve tried it, I wouldn’t try going back to Sanchez for two innings anytime soon. I’m also not going to kill Gibby for not walking Simmons in the ninth, with Bourn due up it would have been a tough chore to double him up, and there is no guarantee he keeps the ball in the infield to have a shot at getting the runner at home. Smoak, who has been great defensively at first, didn’t have such a great night he made an error in the third which led to a Braves run and then couldn’t come up with the scoop on a throw from Barney in the ninth.

THE UGLY

The top three hitters in the Blue Jays lineup went 0 for 13. The Jays also failed to get a hit off of the Braves bullpen which is the 30th best bullpen in Baseball. Here is a worrying stat about Aaron Sanchez, after tonight’s game in his last 106 pitched thrown he has only had two swinging strikes. I know that his command is off at times but he needs to trust his stuff a little more and start locating his fastball and stop falling in love with his breaking pitches.

Yankees 5 Blue Jays 0; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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The Blue Jays dropped the final game of their four game tilt in the Bronx 5-0 on Sunday. The Blue Jays lead in the AL East is at 3.5 games. The Blue Jays enjoy an off day Monday before starting a three game series in Atlanta on Tuesday night.

THE GOOD

R.A Dickey, despite allowing five runs in seven and two thirds innings, was able to save the bullpen sans Ryan Tepera which was well used during Saturday’s doubleheader. Kevin Pillar who broke a 0 for 15 slide with a base hit had another great diving grab in center to steal an extra base hit early in the game. The Blue Jays received somewhat good news on Troy Tulowitzki’s injury, Alex Anthopoulos stated prior to the game that he could be back within two to three weeks, which would have him back in time for the playoffs which at this point seems to be the main concern. For the meantime Anthopoulos was able to add depth as he acquired Darwin Barney from the Dodgers. Barney who was a Gold Glove winner in 2012. Kudos to the Blue Jays fans that travelled to New York for the series it seemed like the stands were half filled with Blue Jay fans and on several occasions there were “Lets Go Blue Jays!” cheers as well as “MVP” cheers for Josh Donaldson and the Jose-Jose-Jose chants for Jose Bautista.

THE BAD

The offence was quiet all game as Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant over seven innings allowing a grand total of four hits, which is all the Blue Jays could muster on the day. Kevin Pillar was picked off of Second base in the second inning, I like Pillar’s aggressiveness but in that situation off a pitcher like Tanaka he needs to be more aware and not get caught as far off the bag as he was.

THE UGLY

The attendance at Yankee Stadium all weekend was rather disappointing considering it’s the heat of a pennant race and the series was so hyped up, it was even more so during the second game of last nights doubleheader when it looked like it was just friends and family at the ballpark.

Blue Jays 11 Yankees 5; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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The Blue Jays opened up their biggest series in over 20 years in a big way by hammering the Yankees 11-5. The win puts them two and a half games ahead of the Yankees. The Blue Jays will play a doubleheader tomorrow with Marco Estrada pitching in the first game and Marcus Stroman making his season debut in the second game while the Yankees will counter with Micheal Pineda in the first game and Ivan Nova in the second game.

THE GOOD

The offence didn’t waste any time jumping on Yankee starter Luis Severino. Ben Revere led off with a double and Josh Donaldson showed why he is worthy of the MVP award by blasting a two run home run to give the Blue Jays an early lead, they weren’t done yet either, as Edwin Encarnacion scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single to make it 3-0 before Justin Smoak hit a two run shot to give the Blue Jays a 5-0 lead before the defence had to take the field. David Price wasn’t his best tonight but he didn’t need to be as he went five innings allowing a pair of runs on six hits while striking out seven. Brett Cecil had yet another scoreless outing going an inning and a third allowing a hit and striking out three. It was Cecil’s 26th straight scoreless outing which is now a Blue Jays record. Aaron Loup came on and worked a scoreless ninth inning striking out a pair, this may sound crazy but maybe, just maybe Loup could play himself on to the playoff roster for the Blue Jays, with only Cecil being the only lefty it might not hurt for the Jays to carry another lefty on the roster. Getting back to the offence every starter but Kevin Pillar got a hit and Ryan Goins was the only starter of the ones that got a hit not to record two. Russell Martin led the way with three hits, two of which were homeruns. The Blue Jays hit five home runs in the game as Edwin Encarnacion hit a two run shot in the fourth inning, to join Smoak, Donaldson and Martin in the home run category.

THE BAD

It was a curious decision, but John Gibbons electing to take Price out of the game after five innings was rather odd. I can see his reasoning to a point with it being a 9-2 game at the time and with the game seemingly well in hand you want to save some of the bullets in his arm and his pitch count was at 96 so I can see how Gibby was trying to avoid a 115-120 pitch night. But, with a doubleheader coming up tomorrow and a big lead I think I would have let Price pitch the sixth inning and then bring Hawkins in for the seventh with the game probably still out of reach and probably could have avoided burning Cecil and Mark Lowe in the game.

THE UGLY

LaTroy Hawkins got hit hard again tonight, it seems like he’s giving up hard hits a lot lately, getting tagged for three runs in a third of an inning courtesy of Didi Gregourious’ three run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning. The scary stat about Hawkins recent outings, is that he has now allowed 21 baserunners in his last ten innings pitched.

Red Sox 10 Blue Jays 4; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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The Blue Jays dropped the rubber match of their three game series tonight at Fenway as the Blue Jays were soundly trounced 10-4. The Blue Jays didn’t lose their game and a half lead on the Yankees as the Orioles won 5-3 in the Bronx. The Blue Jays start their biggest series in 22 years tomorrow night in the Bronx as they start a four game tilt with the Yankees, the Blue Jays send David Price to the mound while the Yankees counter with rookie Luis Severino.

THE GOOD

In a game where there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about Chris Collabello had a three run home run in the seventh to at least make the score look a little more respectable. Edwin Enacarnacion went 2 for 3 with a RBI, which was his 39th straight game he’s reached base safely which is now a new franchise record. Matt Hague and Munenori Kawasaki each had a hit in their only at bat’s of the game, for Hague it was his first hit as a Blue Jay. Josh Donaldson also had a pair of hits, one which would have been a home run on any other park turned into a long single with Donaldson getting gunned down at second. Jeff Francis helped restore order by tossing two and two third innings of shutout relief. John Gibbons with the game out of reach opted for the “B” team in the sixth inning, with a their big series with the Yankees starting tomorrow night it was a wise decision to give his starters, sans Collabello and Ryan Goins, a much needed rest.

THE BAD

The Blue Jays clutch hitting in the fourth and fifth innings, the Jays had runners on in each of the two innings and couldn’t come up with a big hit to get the Jays back into the game, it also was big as the Red Sox put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth inning. Speaking of the fourth inning, there is no way that Drew Hutchison should have been back out for the fourth inning, he didn’t look particularly good getting through the first two innings unscathed before the wheels fell off in the third inning. Did they expect Hutchison to all of a sudden find himself in the fourth inning? If it had been me, Hutchison would have been gone after grooving the fastball to David Ortiz on the three run home run.

THE UGLY

Like I mentioned in the Bad, Hutchison was awful allowing six runs in three and a third innings. At this point the Blue Jays can’t afford to have Hutchison starting games in a pennant race, they just can’t. He should be banished to the mop up role coming out of the bullpen, I don’t care about the Gregg Zaun’s of the world talking about his 13-4 record. It’s a flawed stat and this year’s Drew Hutchison proves it. Steve Delabar was even worse than Hutchison tonight getting torched for four runs on four hits and a pair of walks while only recording one out. It seems like not all that long ago that he was an All-Star but he sure has watched his perfomance and his place on the organization depth chart plummet.

Blue Jays 5 Red Sox 1; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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The Blue Jays had to go ten innings but in the end they were victorious with a 5-1 win in Boston. The Blue Jays, thanks to the Yankees loss to Baltimore, upped their lead in the AL East to a game and a half over the Yankees. The Blue Jays play the rubber match of this three game set Wednesday night as they send Drew Hutchison to the mound to face the Red Sox Joe Kelly.

THE GOOD

Josh Donaldson, who again continues to solidify his case for American League MVP came up big when the Blue Jays needed him to hitting a lead off triple, which everyone but the replay officials in New York thought was a home run. in the top of the tenth inning, Troy Tulowitzki drove in Donaldson on a single, making up for his strikeout in the top of the eighth inning when the Jays had runners in scoring position. Tulo ended up with a pair of hits on the evening. Chris Collabello was 2 for 4 including a RBI single in the tenth inning which made the game 3-1. Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning making it his 38th straight game that he has reached base safely tying the franchise record held by Jose Bautista and Carlos Delgado.  The Blue Jays got superb pitching tonight, R.A Dickey had a great outing going six strong innings only allowing a Travis Shaw home run in the second inning. Brett Cecil faced four batters and struck out three of them, it was his 25th straight scoreless appearance which tied his own club record he set back in 2013. Mark Lowe followed up and got the final two out in the eighth. Aaron Sanchez worked around a David Ortiz walk in the ninth to record a scoreless ninth. Sanchez got some help when pinch runner Rusney Castillo was gunned out trying to steal second base for the second out of the inning. Roberto Osuna pitched a scoreless tenth inning to finish it up.

THE BAD

Cliff Penington was 0 for 5 and amazingly wasn’t pinch hit for when he came up in the ninth inning, not sure John Gibbons reason for not doing it, but really, you can’t have Cliff Pennington bat in a tie game late. Jose Bautista was 0 for 4 tonight but he did draw a walk. Josh Thole was hitless in a pair of at bats, but the only reason he is on the team is to be R.A Dickey’s personal catcher so I really don’t expect much from his bat. The review in the tenth on what should have been a Donaldson homer, it took forever, but really the Red Sox watched the replay of the Donaldson slide at third for damn near five minutes and still challenged?

THE UGLY

Prior to the tenth inning the Blue Jays couldn’t buy a hit with runners in scoring position, it wasn’t for lack of chances as they were 0 for 12 entering the tenth inning. They recorded two in the tenth to finsh 2 for 15 on the night. It sure wasn’t pretty but the Blue Jays will take it.