The Blue Jays faced their toughest test of the season this past weekend and came through with flying colours. Firmly settling the question of which team is the AL East’s best, the Jays took three of four from the Yankees. For the whole past week the Jays went 4-3. Two of those defeats were embarrassing, one-sided losses to last place Boston. The week began on a low note against the Red Sox and ended on an high note after the heavyweight match in New York. The Jays are now up by 3.5 games in the East after once trailing by 8.
It wasn’t a pretty week pitching wise. The Jays allowed 6.14 runs per game. The team needed the bats to bash their way to 4 wins. The offence equalized the run differential exactly scoring 6.14 runs/game.
On paper it looks like none of the games this past week were particularly close but two were tense extra inning affairs which the Jays eventually won.
Of course the huge series win against the Yankees was marred by a small crack in Troy Tulowitzki’s scapula. However the prognosis, while ambiguous, doesn’t sound too depressing (Earliest 2-3 weeks/return to play depending on pain tolerance).
In general the offence was its usual dominant self. Most batters had great weeks but some had pretty awful weeks. Seven Jays had an OPS over .910 and 4 had an OPS below .515 (10 ABs minimum). Chris Colabello had two doubles, a home run, a single and 3 walks in 14 ABs. Edwin Encarnacion had 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 4 singles, 1 SB and 3 walks in 21 ABs. Jose Bautista had 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 5 singles, 2 SB and 5 walks in 27 ABs. Josh Donaldson had 2 homers, a triple, 7 singles, 3 walks and a stolen base in 29 ABs. Ben Revere had a very rare home run, a double, 9 singles, 2 walks and 3 stolen bases.
The starters posted an ERA of 6.62. Only one starter went more than 5 innings: RA Dickey, twice. Dickey threw 13.2 innings in total with a 3.95 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 6 strikeouts. Marcus Stroman and David Price’s starts were decent and got the job done (Stroman’s start was cut short by rain and, of course, he had just returned from injury). Marco Estrada, Drew Hutchison and Mark Buehrle’s outing were more in the bad to terrible range.
The bullpen wasn’t much better ERA-wise at 5.53 but they got the job done when it matter. Most of that ugly ERA was accrued in mop up situations (ex. Jeff Francis). Mark Lowe pitched in the first three games of the Yankees series and pitched twice in the doubleheader. He threw 3.2 scoreless collecting 3 Ks and a save. Brett Cecil extended his scoreless streak to 24 innings. He went 3 IP, 2 hits, no walks and 6 Ks this week.
Ben Revere gets the nod for player of the week. He got on base left, right and centre (.467 OBP) and catalyzed the offence all week while provided solid defence.
Pillar and Ryan Goins had awful weeks at the dish but escape Razzie wrath with their sterling defence. Steve Delabar allowed 4 earned in 0.2 innings of work but Drew Hutchison takes home the Razzie with his terrible 3.1 IP, 6 earned and 10 walks/hits start.