This past week saw the Jays face the Mariners before returning to the friendly confines of the concrete mausoleum by the lake to take on the Athletics. The Jay’s won two of three against the Mariners, knowing that the Jay’s went up against Felix Hernandez in that series it would seem acceptable to lose one game of the series, unfortunately though they Jays lay a hurting on King Felix and then blew a 7-2 lead in the final game of the series for their one loss. Go Jays!
Upon returning home it seems that there was some double booking of the Rogers Center Friday night and the Jays found themselves playing right in the middle of the Josh Reddick show. The Oakland outfielder went deep three times and had 5 RBIs as the Jays were hammered 14-6. They bounced back with a win on Saturday and then suffered from a bullpen collapse in Sunday’s game after R.A. Dickey turned in a serviceable seven inning start. The Jays will be playing for the split today in the finale of their four game set against the A’s.
The starting pitching showed more consistency then in past weeks but still had a few meltdowns J.A. Happ struggled in his return to the big leagues after being out for three months, and Esmil Rogers continued to show his true colours (that’s not why we love him). Dickey seems to be making strides in the right direction though which is always encouraging.
The Brett Lawrie Fullly Dimed Award Honouring Outstanding Performance by a Blue Jay
This weeks award goes to Jose Bautista who was in beast mode, putting up an otherworldly .435/.536/.783 triple slash to help lead the Jays to there 3 wins out of 6. Bautista hit two home runs and had five walks (one intentional) as the offense continues to click for the Jays who still try and struggle towards 500.
Big Disappointment aka The Russ Adams Award
This week this is a two way tie between Esmil Rodgers and Darren Oliver. While Rogers was clearly the much bigger let down… he really shouldn’t have been a let down at all. The Jays picked him up as a potential useful arm for the bullpen and they ended up getting several decent starts out of him so the fact that he’s turned back into a schmuck is not really a true disappointment. Maybe you could look at Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes and say that trading for him was a disappointment but that goes beyond the scope of this weekly roundup. But Darren Oliver, Black Magic himself… blowing the lead that R.A Dickey made 108 hilarious faces (pitches) for. We expected more from you, but hey he’s probably more disappointed in this team that he decided against retirement to join.
Hard to complain too much about going 3 and 3 but at the same time hard to get too excited. At this point in August the Jays season is most reminiscent of Will Ferrel falling off a cliff in Austin Powers and screaming in agony for a prolonged period of time. This is the part of the season where the wound is beginning to smell like almonds.
If Jose Bautista Jose Reyes and Brett Lawrie can save some of their excellent offensive performances for next season that would be awesome too and it is exciting to think of having those three players and of course Edwin Encarnacion moving forward, 2013 folks!!