Another great week of baseball in the books for the Blue Jays (Aug.31 to Sept. 6). They went 6-2, and are now 20 games over .500. Somehow, the Yankees haven’t lost any ground. They continue to remain 1.5 games back as they have for 9 out of the past 10 games. They’ve put up quite a battle keeping pace with the Jays but at some point it seems likely that they’ll drop off a bit (although we’ve been saying that for a while now and it hasn’t happened yet).
With the exception of the 10-2 loss to the Orioles, the Jays have continued excelling at all facets of the game. Starters, relievers, defence and offence have all been clicking. The offence averaged nearly 5 runs/game (as per usual), the relievers had a 4.20 ERA and the starters a 3.38 ERA. Those pitching numbers are skewed by the one aberration against the O’s.
This was a very tight race for player of the week. 5 players were all right in the mix.
On the offensive side of things Jose Bautista lead the way with a 1.269 OPS. He collected 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 singles, and 5 walks in 19 ABs. Ryan Goins had another great week at the plate in addition to his usual stellar defence. He continues to pleasantly surprise with his bat lately. He had a huge game winning home run, 2 doubles, 3 singles, a stolen base and 3 walks in 21 ABs. Josh Donaldson had a triple, 3 doubles, 3 singles and 3 walks in 21 ABs.
Jeff Francis, Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera had scoreless outings in their returns from AAA during the blowout loss to the O’s. Liam Hendriks, Brett Cecil, Aaron Sanchez and Mark Lowe had scoreless outings in more important situations. Liam Hendriks in particular continued to be a rock for the bullpen as he has been all season. Brett Cecil extended his scoreless streak to 24 games and 21 innings. Over that span he’s allowed just 17 hits/walks and struck out 22.
Excepting Drew Hutchison’s start, the rotation was excellent. Marco Estrada had a 3.00 ERA over 12 innings with 6 Ks and a 1.00 WHIP. David Price had a 2.57 ERA over 14 innings with 17 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP. Price and Estrada both had two starts this week since Buehrle was skipped. R.A Dickey had the best start going the 9 innings allowing 1 run, 4 hits, 0 walks and striking out 6.
Price, Dickey, Bautista, Goins and Donaldson were essentially a dead heat this week. We’ll give PoW honours to R.A for possibly his best start in a Jays uniform.
The Razzie goes to Bo Schultz for his 0.1 inning in the blowout loss to the O’s. He allowed 4 earned.