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 9!
Tampa Bay Rays
-David Price is headed to the DL, according to Yahoo Sports. Jake Odorizzi will be making his Rays debut against the Toronto Blue Jays in his place, as Baseball News Source reports.
-Fernando Rodney is just not that good anymore (along with the rest of the Rays bullpen). Hardball Talk looks into the stats that show Rodney’s deal with the devil has expired after the 2012 season. The walks and runs in 2013 have already reached 2012 totals (ER almost doubling last year’s total) with only a quarter of the season completed.
Boston Red Sox
-Andrew Miller is fine after getting hit in the head by a Jarrod Saltalamacchia foul ball. Bleacher Report chronicles the event while looking into Miller’s somewhat impressive season. He’s very lucky, as he could have endured a J.A. Happ situation, one that could have been necessarily avoided.
-Aidan Flynn of BoSox Injection takes a look at how the Red Sox pitching has been faring this season when it comes to sabermetric stats (As of May 13). While the K/9 is fantastic (2nd in MLB), the BB/9 is quite the opposite (24th in MLB).
-Jair Jurrjens had his contract purchased, while Alex Burnett was optioned, which allowed Jake Arrieta to be recalled, as Nolan Reimold was placed on the disabled list. Camden Chat tries to make sense of it all, including Brian Roberts‘ disappointing move to the 60-day DL. It’s a shame to think that Roberts will never be the player he once was at the top of the Orioles lineup.
-Buck Showalter seems happy about Tsuyoshi Wada‘s rehabillitation process. CSN Baltimore notes that, while Wada is eligible to come off the DL on May 30, he may be kept until June 15 for a total of 6 rehab starts. It’s nice to have pitching options in the minors, as opposed to sending the Ramon Ortiz‘s and the Aaron Laffey‘s of the world onto the mound.
New York Yankees
-Reid Brignac is headed to the Yankees, according to Newsday. Cashman seems to like the notion of getting any left-handed fly ball hitter with middling success elsewhere to play half their games in the little league park that is the left field of Yankee Stadium. So far, so good for the likes of Lyle Overbay and Travis Hafner.
-The ESPN New York blog seems to think that Hiroki Kuroda is pitching like a Cy Young award candidate. For a 38 year old pitcher to be able to have a sub-2.00 ERA (with only 3 AL pitchers better than him) and to do in from the AL East is quite the feat worth looking into throughout the season.
Weekly AL East Standings (Overall Standings)
New York 5-3 (27-16)
Boston 4-2 (26-17)
Tampa Bay 4-2 (22-20)
Toronto 3-2 (17-26)
Baltimore 1-4 (23-19)