Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle (56) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the third inning of a baseball game at the Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Week In Review: How low can we go?

It’s a week like the Jay’s just had which makes me wish I hadn’t burned my Mustafa joke a couple of weeks ago. This week it really seemed like the Jay’s were auditioning for Jodie Foster’s role in The Accused, it was that ugly. Things got started with an off day in New York so that the Yankees could have an off day too and then they could play a day night double header the next day… because that makes sense??

An artists representation of the Jays trying to get through their window of contention.

In the end it sort of worked out for Jay’s fans as we only had to be miserable for three days instead of four. They Jays got their asses handed to them by the Yankees, and this is not the same juggernaut offense of 2007 and 2008 where they earned the moniker “Murderer’s and Cano.” No this was a mish mash of a lineup led by Vernon Wells, Jayson Nix, Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart. So much for those vulnerable Yankees amirite?

Then the Jays hit the old dusty and made their way too Houston to visit with Allan Ashby and collect their thee free wins against the Astros. Thing’s did not go according to plan however as the minor league players on the Astros laid a major league whooping on the Jays starting pitchers. That was until Mark Buehrle road in on his white pitbull to save the day and snap the Jay’s seven game skid.

Oh Jose Bautista and Maicer Izturis joined all the other cool big league players on the DL as the Bisons have taken over the lineup with Kevin Pillar, Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra, Munenori Kawasaki and Ryan Goins and even Chieng Ming Wang all seeing time for the Jays.

The Brett Lawrie Fullly Dimed Award Honouring Outstanding Performance

This week’s winner is non other than Mark Buehrle. The veteran left hander gave the Jays everything they needed for two wins this week, but unfortunately the club was only able pull through on one of these instances. In Buehrle’s two starts he pitched 14.2 innings and gave up only 3 runs. Buehrle did give up 13 hits but it didn’t stop him from getting deep into the games or pitch effectively. When Todd Redmond and Chien Ming Wong fail to get out of the fourth inning AND the team has a day-night double header in that same week, Buehrle’s ability to get lots of innings was just what the team needed and his 8 inning 1 run gem against the Astros finally got the Jays out of the loss column.

Big Disappointment aka The Russ Adams Award

In a week so terrible it’s actually somewhat difficult to pick the biggest let down. However I’m settling on the starting pitching staff, almost as a whole.  As was mentioned before Buehrle was excellent this week, and R.A. Dickey was not half bad, he pitched 8 innings and got lit up in his final inning of work against the Yankees but the way the Jay’s pitchers have been performing 8 innings and a 4.50 ERA. However the other four starters were pretty abysmal. The lowest ERA among the group was 6.75 belonging to J.A. Happ. Esmil Rogers, Todd Redmond and Chien Ming Wong clocked in at 7.20, 19.90 and 12.00 respectively. Obviously this sort of thing wont cut it for a major league team.

Wrap Up

This was an ugly week that is best to be quickly forgotten. The Jay’s do have a new competitive window open for them now as if they keep it up they should become the owners of a shiny new very high draft pick. Still coming as close as they did to being swept by the woeful Astro’s and losing four straight to the Yankees is downright embarrassing.



Tags: Houston Astros Mark Buehrle New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays

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