W: C. Kimbrel 1-0
L: J. Grilli 0-2
0-1 | 6.0 IP | 0 (0) | 3 H | 2 BB | 7 K |
106 PC, B: 32, S: 74 | 2.63 ERA
The only thing wrong with Estrada’s performance was how long he lasted. He was masterful with his changeup and the location of his fastball all afternoon but a few long innings raised his pitch count to 106 by the time the 7th start and his game was over far earlier than anyone would have liked. He didn’t blow away batters like Chris Sale did but anytime you give up just three hits and two walks without a run crossing the plate you did your job. It was encouraging to see Estrada bounce back after a rough outing by his standards in his last game and a lack of run support robbed him of a win.
F hardly seems fair for how bad the offence was this afternoon. Outside of a Kendrys Morales bomb to extend the game in the 9th inning the Jays were brutal at the plate. The biggest culprit continues to be Jose Bautista and it’s only a matter of time before he gets dropped down in the lineup. He finished with the golden sombrero, which despite it’s seemingly nice sounding name means he struck out in all four of his at bats. His average is down to .109 and he’s yet to hit a home run. The Jays finished with a ridiculous 17 strikeouts. Considering they played 10 innings, more than half of their outs were caused without the ball leaving the bat. There are no words.
|J. Biagini (0-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||11 (5-6)||0.75|
|J. Smith (0-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||13 (4-9)||2.57|
|R. Osuna (1-0)||1.0||1||1||2||0||1||19 (6-13)||4.50|
|J. Grilli (L, 0-2)||0.2||3||3||2||2||0||24 (13-11)||7.11|
|D. Barnes (0-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||3 (2-1)||0.00|
Joe Biagini is the best Blue Jay reliever this season. He needed just 11 pitches to grab three outs against the Red Sox and all seemed like it was going okay. Joe Smith came on and blew away two Boston hitters and it felt like Toronto might actually extend this long enough to get Sale out of the game and get a run on the board. Instead, Osuna gave up two hits and a run and Grilli came on in a weird spot to blow the save. It was curious to see Smith come on before him, but Grilli should have still been mentally prepared enough to get the job done. Him and Saltalamacchia never seemed to get on the same page with their signs and the result is a Boston win.
He gave Tulo and Martin rest on arguably the most important game of the year. They had the chance to pick up some real momentum with a series win against Boston and one of their hottest bats and their strongest back catcher were left off the roster. I know players need rest, but when you’re playing this poorly it’s all hands on deck. He’s been trying everything to jumpstart this team and nothing is working.
0-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 4 K | 0 SB | AVG: .109, OBP: .242, Slug: .145
This is getting ugly. The more he struggles the harder he swings and that doesn’t seem to be the recipe for success. It may be time to give him a day or two off and try to get his swing back because this is getting downright brutal. The Jays are not the Jays if Bautista can’t hit the long ball, or any ball for that matter. Figure. It. Out.
L, 0-2 | 0.2 IP | 3 (3) | 2 H | 2 BB | 0 K |
24 PC, B: 13, S: 11 | 7.11 ERA
The 40 year old still has the trust of this organization and the trust of his teammates but he looked sloppy with Salty catching him tonight. He needs to be zeroed in and his lack of focus thanks to the sign miscues threw his whole outing out of whack.