Here at Jays Journal we like to keep you up to date with breaking news, statistical analysis and opinion pieces on the players, staff and front office of the Toronto Blue Jays. But in the sports world the steps your opponents take on their team have an effect on your team, for better or for worse. That’s why we bring you a weekly feature where we look back on what took place among the other 4 AL East teams. It’s the AL Feast: Week 7!
New York Yankees
-It seems like every week we’re adding more names to the injured Yankees list. This week it’s the likes of Kevin Youkilis and Joba Chamberlain, ESPN Binghamton reports.
-The New York Daily News wonders if CC Sabathia‘s velocity drop will allow him to remain an ace. CC’s stuff has been pretty great for the last few years, but he wouldn’t be the first lefty to lose effectiveness after a velocity drop. *cough Barry Zito cough*
-Steve Katz of Birds Watcher looks in depth at how great Roberto Alomar was during his time with the Orioles. Lest we forget that his greatness is known for his time with the Toronto Blue Jays, but he was still pretty good outside of Canada.
-Chris Davis suffered a knee injury on Friday, the Washington Post reports. While he’s in today’s game, the Orioles would be wise to be cautious with their best hitter early on with 128+ games left in the season.
Tampa Bay Rays
-Yunel Escobar avoids a broken hand upon further examination, ESPN reports. On Saturday the shortstop got hit in the hand by an 86 MPH pitch from Jon Garland of the Colorado Rockies.
-That same game was the first time David Price pitched in the same game as umpire Tom Hallion, as noted by TheSpec. The two were in a heated confrontation where Price accused Hallion of cursing at him in their last appearance, and perhaps Price was still rattled by it. He gave up 11 hits, 3 walks and 9 earned runs in 6.2 innings, by far his worst start of the season.
Boston Red Sox
-Andrew Bailey could be headed to the DL again, the Boston Herald reports. He’s been out since the 28th with a biceps injury, meaning that if an MRI were to reveal something he could be on the DL roughly more than a week.
-Should Felix Doubront be traded is what the Bleacher Report ponders in this piece. I say of course if you’re a good team with one terrible pitcher you want to get rid of him, but this isn’t a baseball video game. You can’t force other teams to accept your trades.
Weekly AL East Standings (Overall Standings)
Baltimore 3-4 (18-13)
New York 3-3 (18-12)
Boston 2-3 (20-10)
Toronto 2-4 (11-21)
Tampa Bay 1-3 (13-16)