Who's Up, Who's Down On the Blue Jays Over the Last Two Weeks: May 4 to 17

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 17: Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate Jose Bautista two run homer. More of this would be good. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

I missed this out last time, with the drive to Minnesota, I didn't have time for it. But we'll try to get back on schedule. Not the greatest two weeks of play for the Jays, we were 6-7 over the period.


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Ricky Romero

2 starts, he was 0-1 but we lost them both. He walked 10 in 11.1 innings, not very Ricky like. The game against the Twins was really disappointing, 5 walks, 0 strikeouts. I guess everyone is allowed a slump.

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Brandon Morrow A win and a loss. 4 hits, 10 k and 4 walks in his 6 inning win. The loss? He gave up 6 runs, but 5 of them were unearned. 17 k in the 11 innings, with just 8 hits, but also 8 walks. Not a great couple of weeks. If you felt that the unearned runs were none of his responsibly, well it is pretty good, 1.64 ERA and allowed a .186/.314/.256 line, pretty great. But one error shouldn't lead to a 6 run inning.

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Henderson Alvarez

3 starts, 2 wins, 1 loss. The loss was helped along by some errors, resulting in 2 unearned runs. He had a complete game shutout on May 4 against the Angels. He did give up 10 hits in 6.2 innings in his last start against the Rays, but a 1.19 ERA in 22.2 innings is pretty decent. The usual concerns over strike out rate are out there. He only had 6 k in those 3 starts. Pat and Buck keep comparing him to Greg Maddux, who, at his worst, struck out 5.1/9, double Henderson's rate this year, so I don't think it is a reasonable comparison. I don't think he can keep having this success with such a low strikeout rate, but I'm willing to be wrong.

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Kyle Drabek

Kyle had 3 starts. 2 losses and a win. The win was pretty impressive, 7 innings of 3 hit ball against the Yankees. The losses were terrible, 9 walks in 9.1 innings, including 4.1 terrible innings against the Twins (ending the Jays streak of getting 5+ innings out of their starters each game this year. I'm hoping the start against the Yankees are a sign that he's turning it back around again. Hoping, but not confident.

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Drew Hutchison

3 starts, 2 wins, 1 loss. The loss was just by a run, 4-3 to the Angels, giving up the home run to Albert, which can be forgiven. He had a 3.12 ERA, and gave up a .242/.324/.379 line. Pretty good. He even beat the Yankees. Anyone who beats the Yankees gets a gold star in my books.

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Luis Perez

6 games, just 4.1 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned, 4 walks and 6 k. Good for a 2.08 ERA. Too many walks but still not bad.

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Darren Oliver

6 games, 5 innings, 2 hits, no walks, 2 k, no runs. Great job Darren.

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Francisco Cordero

4 games, a blown save loss, a hold and a couple of good innings in blow outs. Only allowed runs in one appearance, but then he gave up 5 runs in that game. Lost his closer job. Looks to be coming around though. Batters hit .385/.529/.692, but then most of the bad come from that one bad appearance.

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Casey Janssen

Finally given the closer job. He pitched an inning in 5 games, allowed just 2 hits, no walks and struck out 5. 3 saves in 3 attempts. Sergio better watch out, it might be hard to get his job back. I'll admit, I'm a fan.

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Jason Frasor

7 appearances in 14 days and he only gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and no earned runs. Also 5 k in those 5.2 innings. Even though Frasor pitches like he gets paid by the hour, he's doing a good job, but, as a fan, I'll admit, I slumped in my seat when he came into games at Minneapolis.

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Carlos Villanueva

4 games, 2 good, 2 bad. Well, one very bad, 2 hits, 3 walks, 3 earned. And I was there to watch it. Lucky me. 8.31 ERA. .235/.381/.471 batting line against.

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Sergio Santos

Will be on the DL til, at least, near the end of the month.

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Joel Carreno 3 games, gave up an earned run in 2 of them and was sent back to the minors, which is the ultimate down arrow. 3.60 ERA in his 5 innings. .250/.400/.350 batting line, 5 walks and 1 k, that won't keep you staying in major league hotels.

Batters:



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J.P. Arencibia

He played in 10 of the 13 games and hit .306/.342/.611 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI. He's always going to be a streak hitter, we'll love the hot streaks and try to tolerate the cold stretches. Glad to see Farrell move him up in the order while he is hitting well.

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Adam Lind

Hit .171/.256/.343, in 11 games and was sent down. Alex gave him the down arrow.

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Kelly Johnson

Kelly played in all 13 games, hitting .255 /.305/.364, with 2 home runs (his only extra base hits), 7 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Close, but a down. I'm really liking his defense and I didn't think I would.

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Yunel Escobar

Yunel played in 11 of the 13 games and, I thought, he was starting to hit, a bit, .262/..340/.286. Well, slightly better than he was. He only 1 extra base hit, a double, on May 4th, 1 caught stealing and hit into 2 double plays. Good thing his glove has been good.

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Edwin Encarnacion

EE played in all 13 games, and has been in a bit of a slump, hitting .208/..264/.458, but with 4 homers, a double, 10 RBI and 2 stole bases. Tied with Lawrie and Davis for the team lead in stolen bases. Might be the most surprising stat of the young season. I kind of feel bad about giving him the down arrow. Against the Twins he was just in front of so many pitchers. I thought, sooner or later, one of those ball was going to kill someone in the stands. There were coming in so hard.

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Colby Rasmus

Played in all 13 games as well. Batting line looks awful, .159/.260/..205, 2 doubles, 5 RBI. I don't know what's going on, he's hitting line drives, they are getting caught. He only has 1 strikeout in his last 8 games. You would think, if you put that many balls in play, that you would have more than 1 out of every 6 go for a hit. I don't have answers.

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Eric Thames

Started 9 of 13, got into 3 others. Another guy that isn't hitting, .216/.250/..378. 1 double, 1 triple, 1 homer, 5 RBI. If Eric isn't hitting, he really isn't helping. His glove isn't good, he hasn't stolen a base this season. He's lucky that Snider got hurt and hasn't hit since his return from the DL, or we'd be calling for Thames to be getting the Adam Lind treatment.

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Jose Bautista

Oh, I'm so glad to see him start to hit. I'm tired of being asked what wrong with him. I keep wanting to answer that he isn't hitting the ball, that's what's wrong. Anyway 13 games, .277/..352/..660, 6 homers, 1 double, 10 RBI, 6 walks. And man, have the home runs been crushed, they leave the park in a hurry.That little talk we had, during batting practice at Target Field, seems to have paid off.

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Brett Lawrie

Leads the team in umpires hit by helmet. .267/..297/..333, 3 doubles, 3 steals, 1 caught, 3 RBI. He really hasn't been driving the ball at all yet. For the season he has 3 home runs in 150 at bats. Last year he had 9 in 150 at bats. I figured him for 25 homers this year, but right now, much more than 10 would be an uphill battle.

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Omar Vizquel

1 single in 9 at bats with a walk. He likely won't play much more than that, or hit much better than that. I didn't change a word of the comment from last time. Nice catch yesterday. I'm not sure I wouldn't rather have McCoy on the bench, at least he could pinch run.

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Ben Francisco

Ben got into 5 games, had 1 hit, a double, in 12 at bats, no walks, 3 strikeouts. Did get robbed of a hit in a game Minneapolis. I don't know why he is on the team.

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Rajai Davis

Started 4 games, got into another 4. Hit .385/.385/.538, 2 doubles, 3 steals. Gotta like that, though I'm sure he wouldn't keep it up if he played every day. Maybe he will get the chance with Thames not hitting.

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Jeff Mathis

9 at bats, 1 single, 1 walk. Now that's the Jeff Mathis we were expecting. I'm almost happy that we don't have to hear that he just needed to get away from Mike Scioscia to start hitting anymore.

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