The arm chair quarterback lynch mob is out in full effect searching for a scapegoat to pin the Blue Jays early season implosion on, however, don’t bother pointing the finger at skipper John Gibbons.
The Toronto Blue Jays are off to their worst start in franchise history sporting a 1-9 record and will need to go 89-63 the rest of the way just to achieve a 90 win season. This unexpected skid out of the gate has nothing to do with small ball or bullpen management so the regular Gibby haters need not waste their breath.
If anything Gibbons has had to work harder mixing things up in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle or rekindling the squad’s mojo. The last three games the skipper has employed a different leadoff hitter for each contest due to the slumping Devon Travis.
The second baseman is hitting .105 with 10 strikeouts in 9 games and has looked lost at the plate, hardly numbers that would inspire offence at the top of the order. Gibbons has inserted Ezequiel Carrera and most recently Kevin Pillar at the top spot hopeful of some offense.
The Steve Pearce experiment has been a total bust thus far as Pearce is hitting a paltry .143 with 4 double plays to his name. Pearce seems to be that guy always up in every key 9th inning moment of the game with runners in scoring position, unfortunately, he has squandered all his chances to be the hero.
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The bats of Russell Martin and Jose Bautista have been anemic at best, Jason Grilli has blown a save, Josh Donaldson isn’t healthy and Francisco Liriano imploded in his first start of the season. These kisses of death from the baseball gods are all out of the manager’s hands. Last time I checked Gibby doesn’t swing the lumber or take the bump.
The naysayers will troll the comment sections of every Gibbons article spouting off about sacrifice bunt opportunities that the sluggers ignored to swing for round trippers. News flash kids, nobody on this team can bunt with the exception of Darwin Barney and Carrera.
So the Blue Jays have lost seven in a row and just struck out 15 times in a game that Wade Miley started so the frustration levels are at an all-time high. I get it trust me.
Just remember one thing, this is on the multi-millionaire players who know what it takes to win, not the skipper. John Gibbons gets a mulligan on this one, rant over #LetsRise.