Soo..Jays Offense Might Be Slumping
May 31, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of the scoreboard during the 14th inning stretch during the San Diego Padres game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsThe Toronto Blue Jays scored all of 3 runs in 17 innings against the San Diego Padres. They didn’t score a run for 13 straight innings! Against the Padres!
You know the team with the 20th worst pitching in baseball?
On one hand it’s shocking because the Blue Jays offense had been so hot lately. On the other hand maybe the Jays offense hasn’t been hot lately but it’s gone unnoticed.
Sometimes in life you don’t notice something until its painfully obvious.
On Wednesday the Blue Jays scored 3 runs in 2 innings against good Braves starter Kris Medlen. Not an easy thing to do.
But Medlen had to leave after the 2nd inning with an injury and the Jays didn’t score a run in the last 7 innings of the game. The Braves have as good a bullpen as anyone so it’s easy to overlook the Jays not scoring. Especially with the shocking pitching performance they got that day from Esmil Rogers, Juan Perez and Neil Wagner overshadowing the Jays lack of run production.
On Thursday the Jays faced Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor. Minor was one of the hottest pitchers to start 2013 so again it was easy to overlook the Jays not scoring runs against him. They eventually scored 3 runs against Minor in the 6th inning. But the runs they did score had more to do with the Braves sloppy defense that inning then the Jays bats really coming to life. They didn’t score the rest of the game.
So if you’re keeping track the Blue Jays had scored 6 runs in 18 innings against the Braves. Or to be more specific they scored 6 runs in 3 out of the last 18 innings going into the Padres series.
It’s easy to not notice a 2 game sample size but man oh man when a bad trend from 2 games continues it might be a legitimate slump.
Now it’s a 3 game sample size including the first game against the Padres. The Jays have scored 9 runs in the last 35 innings. Or to be more specific again they’ve scored 9 runs in 5 out of the last 35 innings!
It’s just the last 3 games but when the offense is that bad for even that short a time it might be safe to say it’s in a slump.