A quick look at how our pitchers did over the last two weeks.
The last couple of weeks haven’t been great for the Blue Jays (and worse for those of us watching them).
The team is 2-9 over their last 11 games.
The pitchers had a 5.42 ERA.
Ken Giles: 4 games, 0.00 ERA, 2 saves. In 4 innings batters hit .000/.000/.000 with 6 strikeouts.
He’s been unhittable. Too bad we aren’t getting him enough save opportunities.
Joe Biagini: 5 games. 1.80 ERA, 1 win. In 5 innings, batters hit .118/.211/.176 with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
He’s been so good and fun to watch. I wouldn’t mind him getting to pitch a couple of innings every now and then, but Charlie seems to think he’s a 1 inning guy or, at the most, a 1.1 inning guy.
Tim Mayza: 6 games, 0.00 ERA, 1 hold. In 5.2 innings, batters hit .190/.227/.190 with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.
He’s leading the league in appearances. He’s been very good lately. Maybe it is confidence, maybe it is just a hot streak. His last earned run was on April 18th.
Marcus Stroman: 3 starts, 0-3, 7.43 ERA. In 14.1 innings batters hit .355/.388/.565 with 3 homers, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts.
One of the 3 starts was a Quality Start (only because one of the runs against him was unearned). He wasn’t happy when he was taken out of his last start, honestly I was on his side. In the 6th inning he gave up 3 ground ball singles, getting just one out, but none of the singles were hit all that hard, just that they missed the fielders, our bullpen had been throwing a lot of innings, I would have liked to give him a chance to finish the 7th inning. But then he was up to 97 pitches. I don’t mind a pitcher wanting to stay in a game, but then I’m older and I grew up watching watching pitchers who didn’t want to come out of games. I like pitchers who want to go deep into games. We really need to have a starter or two who can go deeper into games and give our overworked pen a break. But then, Marcus has to pitch better too. It would be nice if we could score for him too, we’ve averaged 2.2 runs in his starts. He’s 1-6, mostly because we aren’t giving him a chance to get a win.
Aaron Sanchez: 3 starts, 0-3, 6.35 ERA. In 17 innings batters have hit .329/.395/.562 with 4 home runs, 7 walks and 19 strikeouts.
One of the 3 starts was a ‘Quality Start’. He seems to be having one crappy inning a start. In his last start he game up 5 runs in the 4th inning. In that inning he gave up 5 hits, 2 homers, 1 hit batter. The other 5 innings scoreless allowing 4 hits, 2 walks with 10 strikeouts. I don’t know if he loses focus for an inning or if he gives up a hit and starts to dwell on it or what. He is pitching deeper into game than our other guys. He was good in April (2.32 ERA in 6 starts) and has been terrible in May (6.35 ERA in 3 starts).
Thomas Pannone: 4 games, 1 starts, 1 loss, 11.12 ERA. In 5.2 innings, batters hit .333/.414/.542 with 1 home run, 4 walks and 4 strikeout.
He got sent down to Buffalo and came back when Clay Buchholz went on the IL. His start went really badly, 2.1 innings, 5 hits, 7 earned, 3 walks. I’m thinking it is likely he’ll be going back to Buffalo when Edwin Jackson gets added to the roster tomorrow. Unless they decide to send Javy down instead.
Sam Gaviglio: 5 games, 4.15 ERA, 1 hold. In 8.2 innings batters hit .182/.229/.455 with 3 home runs, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts.
Other than the 3 homers, he’s been very good. I think he’s been worked a bit too hard. I’m glad he’s had a few days off. Charlie’s been using him a lot, and I don’t blame him. He’s been able to get us 2-3 shutout innings so often, it is hard not to go to him. And since our pitchers have been coming out of games early, we need guys who can cover a few innings.
Daniel Hudson: 6 games, 1 start, 2.70 ERA, 1 win. In 6.2 innings, batters hit .259/.355/.481 with 1 home run, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.
He’s been surprisingly good. I’d like Charlie to let him pitch more than inning at a time more often. He was the opener for the game last Friday, and he gave up a couple of hits and a run in the first inning. I was hoping Charlie would let him pitch the second inning too, since it was a bullpen day, but no. Like Sam, he’s sort of a down arrow. Not cold cold like some of the others.
Elvis Luciano: 5 games, 6.43 ERA. In 7 innings, batters hit .250/.400/.464 with 1 homer, 6 walks and 7 strikeouts.
He’s been about what we expected. Flashes of good pitching and then times when he’s been a bit lost out there.
Ryan Tepera: 4 games, 1 hold, 2.45 ERA. In 3.2 innings batters hit .333/.412/.400 with 2 walks (both intentional) and 1 strikeout.
He hasn’t been good, but it’s been just 3.2 innings. Charlie hasn’t been using him much. Considering how few innings are starters have been going, it’s a bit of a surprise that’s he only threw 3.2 innings.
Trent Thornton: 2 starts, 0-1, 5.00. In 9 innings, batters hit .258//.333/.452 with 2 homers, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts.
He had one very good start (7 innings, 1 hit, no runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts) and one very bad start (2 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned, 2 walks 1 strikeout). He’s interesting to watch. When he’s throwing well, he is hard to hit. Unfortunately, he’s only been good half the time. He’s a rookie, and we should expect some inconsistency, but I’m hoping he’ll get better as the season goes on.
Derek Law: 4 games, 5.06 ERA. In 5.1 innings, batters hit .238/.360/.286 with 4 walks and 8 strikeouts.
He’s been good, but I couldn’t put him in the ‘hot’ group with 4 walks in 5.1 innings. But then also 8 strikeouts in that time. He hasn’t had an appearance where he didn’t give up a hit yet, but he’s had at least 1 strikeout in each of his appearances.
Javy Guerra: Called up. He’s pitched in 1 game. Allowed a hit, a walk and a strikeout.
Luke Maile: Pitched a clean inning in the 9th inning of 10-2 loss. He had 1 strikeout.
On the IL
Matt Shoemaker: Out for the season.
Clay Buchholz: Made the one start, (4 innings, 8 hits, 7 earned, 2 homers, 1 walk, 1 k) and then on the the IL with elbow inflammation. I was hoping that it would come out that he developed an sensitivity to sunscreen.