W: M. Shoemaker 8-13
L: M. Estrada 7-6
L, 7-6 | 5.0 IP | 6 (6) | 10 H | 3 BB | 4 K |
94 PC, B: 35, S: 59 | 3.47 ERA
Uh-Oh. It feels like Marco Estrada has been hurtling towards this inevitable conclusion for longer than I care to admit. After giving up 5 runs in 5 innings against the Yankees his last time out – he outdid himself tonight. 6 runs in 5 innings with 94 pitches. His ERA still sits at a respectable 3.47 – but if anyone should be benefitting from this new 7,000 man rotation – it’s Estrada. He’s been dealing with back issues all season, and it’s clearly affecting his placement and aggressiveness. Estrada doesn’t have the velocity to blow hitters away – his success comes from his confidence to put a pitch at the exact spot and speed he wants and right now it isn’t there. We’ll chalk this up to fatigue at the end of a long season – but someone needs to figure out how to give this man a break.
|M. Upton Jr.||0-4||0||0||0||2||0-0-0||0||.190||.233||.304|
You’re not going to win many games when your pitcher gives up 6 runs in 5 innings, but you’re not going to win many games just plating 1 either. Russell Martin saved the Jays the embarrassment of a donut with a late RBI before Ezequiel Carrera added another one in the 8th – but for the most part, the bats ran cold. Troy Tulowitzki, Kevin Pillar, and Melvin Upton Jr combined to go 0-10, and the Jays desperately need someone better than Darwin Barney in the leadoff spot (welcome back tomorrow night Jose!). If there’s a good sign to take away from this its the strikeouts – the Jays struck out just 4 times.
|S. Feldman (6-4)||1.1||1||1||3||2||2||44 (18-26)||3.72|
|A. Loup (0-0)||1.2||1||1||3||1||2||34 (9-25)||5.87|
|B. Cecil (1-7)||1.0||0||0||1||0||2||12 (2-10)||4.94|
This game was out of hand early, so it was no surprise to see Feldman and Loup eat up some innings, but both pitchers just contributed to the rout. Each gave up a run, combined to walk 3, and gave up 6 hits. It was good to see Cecil back out there after his rough Cleveland game, and the 2 strikeouts were nice in his 1 inning of no-run ball. We’ve seen the Jays come back from down 6-0 before, but 8-0 is a different story. It’s time to tighten up the pen for this postseason run.
1-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .249, OBP: .344, Slug: .412
To the estate of Russell Martin LTD,
This is the sun – my lawyers will be in touch regarding your exceeded level of heat.