Oh lets go with the bad news first:
- J.A. Happ was awful. He went 3 innings, allowed 12 hits, 7 earned, 0 walks, with 3 strikeouts. He gave up a home run to Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Happ was helped out by Erik Kratz throwing out a base stealer and with a good catch by Matt Tuiasosopo. You'd have the think he's, at very least, pitched himself out of the rotation and likely off the team. His ERA is now 20.57. He didn't walk anyone but then he threw more balls than strikes, just the strikes were hit hard.
- Esmil Rogers came in and, if possible, was worse than Happ. 2.2 innings, 9 hits, 10 runs, 9 earned, 2 walks, 4 k, with 2 home runs allowed. Since Rogers hadn't been as bad, to this point, I'm more willing to give him a pass for this game, but he really didn't have it. His ERA is now 9.37.
- John Stilson had a terrible inning too, allowing 5 hits, 4 earned, 0 walks and 2 k. Stilson hadn't allowed a spring run before this. Now his ERA is 3.86.
- Ryan Goins was 0 for 2, with a walk. He's at .164 on the spring.
- Erik Kratz was 0 for 2. .400. He did throw out a baserunner from his knees.
- Jonathan Diaz was 0 for 4. .100.
The good? Not much
- Matt Tuiasosopo hit a home run. 1 for 4, with 2 strikeouts.
- Melky Cabrera was 1 for 2, with a walk. .431.
- Edwin Encarnacion was 1 for 1, with 2 walks. .309.
- Brett Carroll was 2 for 3 with a walk.
Dustin McGowan threw a minor league start:
McGowan in 4th: double, K, F9, 4-3. Done after 62 pitches, 41strikes. 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K. Sat 92-96 throughout.— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) March 25, 2014
Right now, if his arm isn't sore after today and if he can throw again Sunday and if he can add a few pitches to his count, you'd have to think that he's going to be given that last rotation spot.
#BlueJays have just a few days to decide about McG. AA: "We don’t know yet. We’re taking the time we have … to see what we have."— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) March 25, 2014
Yeah, what's he going to say? "Dustin is our starter"?