Blue Jays need to demote Joe Biagini once and for all
The Toronto Blue Jays need to demote reliever Joe Biagini and his inflated earned run average to Triple-A Buffalo for the remainder of the regular season once and for all.
Joe Biagini has been atrocious all season long no matter whether it be in a starting or relief role. The right-hander and his devilish 6.66 earned run average should be riding buses in the International League rather than occupying a roster spot on the big club.
Manager John Gibbons for whatever reason loves utilizing Biagini in clutch situations and yesterday was no different. The 28-year old entered a 3-3 ball game versus the Mariners and proceeded to serve up back to back homers to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager. The mistake pitch to Seager was an elevated curveball that came wrapped in a bow on a platter for the Mariners third baseman.
Biagini has been absolutely terrible for the entire 2018 campaign beginning with his failed attempt at starting games. Since returning to the bullpen, it has been much of the same as Big Joe continues to search for his 2016 elixir.
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In 29 relief appearances this season, Biagini has surrendered 21 earned runs in 31.1 innings of work. That isn’t even including the 16 earned runs he coughed up in his four starts on top of that. He has also been victimized by the long ball 13 times this season. Yet this guy is still occupying a major league roster spot over a potentially viable relief candidate.
Justin Shafer currently boasts a 1.72 earned run average in 27 relief appearances with the herd, surely he could do no worse than Biagini. Bring up the 25-year old and see what he can do for the rest of the season, can’t be any worse than Biagini.
The Blue Jays need to demote Biagini for the remainder of the season and hopefully, he can rekindle some of that 2016 Rule 5 magic while pitching on the farm. There is no place on the roster for a guy that has awarded the opposition 37 runs in 50 innings of work.
Sorry, Joe but you belong in Buffalo.