This past week saw the Jays wrap up their series with Oakland before taking on the Red Sox and the Rays and while the results weren’t fantastic there was lots of off field news going on as well which made for a busy week in Jays land.
I’ll start the recap with the actual game results and then get to “The Happenings” (no M. Night Shamalyan content.) Monday the Jays lost 5-1 to the Athletics finishing the series with one victory in four tries. Next up was Boston for three games, the Jays lost the first game due to some Mike Napoli late game heroics, but the boys in blue roared back and took the final two games of the series, and when playing the AL East leading Red Sox all I can say is don’t be sad two outta three ain’t bad.
Next the Jays hit the road to take on the Rays at Tropicana Field aka the place Jays winning streaks go to die. In Tamp history won the day as the Jays remain unable to win a series at the Trop since 2007. The Rays’ world beating backup catcher Jose Lobaton provided the walk off triple on Friday, and then seemed to get a taste for heroics and came through with the walk off home run as the Ray’s won Sunday as well.
Now the roster moves that took place during the week have all been documented on this site but for good measure we’ll quickly go over them again. Josh Johnson was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season Colby Rasmus also landed on the DL. This paved the way for the much anticipated Kevin Pillar call up. Another transaction during the week was Emilio Bonifacio being dealt to the Royals for a player to be named later, as a result infielder and local folk hero Munenori Kawasaki was recalled from Buffalo.
Two Jays players found themselves leaving the team this week J.A. Happ was placed on the bereavement list following the passing of his grandfather, and Kawasaki was placed on the paternity list and welcomed a newborn son to his family. Anthony Gose also received a call up to the bigs, and in slightly Jay’s related news Travis d’Arnaud made his big league debut for the Mets on the weekend.
Brett Lawrie Fully Dimed Award Honoring Outstanding Play
This week’s winner is Adam Lind. Always a streaky performer as outlined excellently by Drew Fairservice at Getting Blanked last week, Lind seems to have once again found the hot bat after several weeks in the wilderness. Putting up an excellent line of .350/.425/.700 Lind clubbed a pair of home runs, and was walked five times (twice intentionally), this sort of performance combined with his cuddly cat like looks earn him this week’s Fully Dimed Award. More play like this will likely ensure the team picks up his option for 2014, although beyond that is anybody’s best guess as the difference between the buyout and salary jumps after 2014.
Big Disappointment aka The Russ Adams Award
As much as I hate to be piling on a rookie in his first week in the majors I’m handing this one out to Kevin Pillar. He played an excellent outfield but didn’t deliver anything at the plate. Obviously he is making the adjustment to the big leagues, but over the last two months this guy has been the focus of beaucoups rosterbation and leg humping so it was obviously a let down that he didn’t debut with the same promise as J.P. Arencibia, Brett Lawrie, or even the lunchbox hero himself, Travis Snider.
The Jays have been keeping with the status quo continuing to not live up the loft preseason expectations. A positive for Jays fans is Boston DH David Ortiz thinks that next year the Jays come back and “whoop everybody’s ass” as he told the Toronto Star. A four game series with the Yankees is next on the docket starting with a day night double header on Tuesday. This is the last thing Toronto and it’s overworked bullpen need so hopefully the starters can go deep in those games… and the grind continues. And of course once again congratulations to Munenori Kawasaki on the new addition to the family.