With Travis Bateman now doing the big picture of sports in Toronto over at Tip of the Tower I will be taking over with the weekly reviewing around here. So if you’re busy with your summer and been missing out on Jay’s baseball (let’s be honest this year you haven’t really been “missing” it) Jay’s Journal has your back with the week in Review.
This week the Jay’s took a swing through the sunshine state for the first seven games of their 10 game Western swing which will wrap up in Seattle starting today. The Jay’s won two out of three against Oakland before heading to Los Angeles to face the only other team that might be considered more of a washout than Toronto, and narrowly avoided a four game sweep by rallying in the top of the ninth inning for a victory Sunday against the Angels.
The team now sits at 51-60 and it seems that it may not even be realistic for the Jay’s to reach the Esteban Loaiza level of success and win at least as many games as they lose this season. The culprit on this trip was the same as it has been most of the season the Pitching. There were only three games where the Jay’s starters were in the game longer than five innings. With Mark Buehrle making it to the fabled final third of the game twice and R.A. Dickey pitching into the sixth in his start against Oakland. All the strain the poor starting pitching is placing on the bullpen is starting to show as Saturday All Star reliever Steve Delabar was placed on the disabled list.
The Brett Lawrie Fullly Dimed Award Honouring Outstanding Performance by a Blue Jay
The innaugural winner of the Brett Lawrie Fully Dimed award, is fittingly Brett Lawrie. Since returning from the DL Brett Lawrie seems to be regaining the form that had people calling him the Maple Syrup soaked return of George Brett. Lawrie’s line for the week was .360.385.640. he hit 2 home runs and only had 3 strikeouts on the week. His defense has been stellar all season and although his OPS for the season is still a meager .693 if he can have a few more weeks like this that number should climb in a hurry. At this point I personally would be sort of OK with the lost season if Lawrie was able to put it together and be the player people have claimed he could be.
Big Disappointment aka The Russ Adams Award
J.P. Arencibia wins this one by a landslide this week. He had four strikeouts, zero walks (surprise surprise) and a batting average of .056. One would think since rage quitting Twitter J.P would have some more time to spend in the cage to work on keeping his job. Or maybe he still knows something we don’t in regards to that. It seems J.P. pretty much jumped the shark on his big league career with his four hit two home run debut back in 2010, ever since he’s regressed to replacement level (at best.) J.P. may be the heir apparent to the top of the long list of failed “catcher of the future” for the Jays
The week got off to a good start in Oakland but the three ugly losses to the Angels were tough to digest. The Jay’s have yet to win more than two games in a row since the 11 game winning streak of what seems like so long ago. The Jays start a set in Seattle today in what could be an ugly month for the club with 13 games against AL East opponents.