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Blue Jays in July: Pitchers

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The one that would have to be the pitcher of the month for the Jays.
The one that would have to be the pitcher of the month for the Jays.
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July was a pretty good month for our pitchers. As a group they had a 3.94 ERA. Our starters were 10-9 with a 4.19 ERA, the relievers 5-2 with 9 saves and a 3.43 ERA.

R.A. Dickey had his best month of the season, 3-3, 3.07 ERA. In 6 starts, he pitched 41 innings (6.8 innings per start), 33 hits, 3 home runs, 9 walks and 38 strikeouts. Batters hit .217/.268/.342 against him. That the lowest batting average, on base percentage and slugging average against him for any month this season. It was also the fewest walks allowed and the most strikeouts he's had any month. He went at least 6 innings in each of his starts, 4 of 6 were 'quality starts'. Until his last start he was given 2.4 runs per game to work with by our offense, but then we scored 14 in his start on July 28, which messes with his average run support.

Mark Buehrle had his worst month of the season. 1-2, 5.74 ERA. In 5 starts, he pitched 26.2 innings (5.3 innings per start), 42 hits, 3 home runs, 7 walks and 15 strikeouts. Batters hit .359/.389/.496 against him. He pitched 6, 5, 6, 3, and 6.2 innings in his starts. We scored 5.6 run per game in for him. He's going to have to start pitching better if he wants to get to 200 innings this year.

Drew Hutchison also had his worse month of the season. 2-3, 6.53 ERA. In 6 starts, he pitched 30.1 innings (5.1 innings per start), 37 hits, 3 home runs, 32 strikeouts. Batters hit .291/.364/.417 against him. We scored 3.7 runs per game for him. If he keeps pitching like his, I don't know how we can keep him in the rotation (but then I don't know that we have a choice). He did have 2 quality starts of the 6.

J.A. Happ had his worst month of the season (at least for ERA, he's been surprisingly consistent, by month batters have OPS of .800, .805, .789 and 793. 1-1, 5.40 ERA. In 5 games, 4 starts. He pitched 23.1 innings (5.7 innings per start), allowed 27 hits, 2 home runs, 6 walks with 14 strikeouts. Batters hit .293/.337/.457. He had 1 quality start, but then only had one really bad start, 4.1 innings, 5 earned.  For a 5th starter, he's been ok.

Marcus Stroman had a pretty terrific month. 3-0, 1.71 ERA. In 5 starts, he pitched 31.2 innings (6.3 innings per start), allowed 22 hits, 1 home runs, 8 walks and 31 strikeouts. Batters hit ..193/.246/.246 against him. He had 1 bad start, going just 3.2 innings, allowing 5 earned, his other 4 starts he allowed just 1 earned run total. His bad start was after throwing 115 pitches the start before, and, of course, he bad start in Houston, he had thrown 115 pitches the start before. It happening twice doesn't make it a trend, but i'd watch.

Casey Janssen didn't have a good month. 1-0, 6 saves, with a 5.56 ERA. In 12 games, he pitched 11.1 innings, allowed 12 hits, 3 home runs, 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Batters hit .261/.292/.478 against him. He didn't have any blown saves, so there is that. He allowed runs in 5 of his 12 appearances.

Dustin McGowan was 0-0, with 2 holds, 1 blown save and  had a 3.86 ERA. In 10 games, he pitched 9.1 innings, allowed 6 hits, 2 home runs, 6 walks with 13 strikeouts.  Batters hit .176/.300/.412. He really just had the one bad outing, giving up a home run, 3 walks and 3 earned, without getting an out against the Rays on July 11th.

Aaron Loup was 1-1, with 2 saves, 1 hold, 1 blown save and had a 1.54 ERA. In 13 games, he allowed 8 hits, 1 home run, 7 walk, with 12 strikeouts. Batters hit .195/.327/.366 against him. He seems to be Gibby's favorite, for good reason. He only allowed runs in one game, 2 runs on a walk and a home run, only July 9th against the Angels.

Brett Cecil was 0-0, with a save, 3 holes, 1 blown save and a 2.45 ERA. In 12 games he allowed 3 hits, 0 home runs, 4 walks with 7 strikeouts. Batters hit .120/.241/.120 against him.

Todd Redmond was 1-0, with a 0 ERA. On 11 games, he pitched 16.2 innings, allowed 7 hit, 7 walks with 15 strikeouts. Batters hit .130/.226/.204 against him. He was moved up from his long relief role, but seems to have fallen back into it, by no fault of his own. He's been great all season. I wouldn't be against him getting some starts.

Aaron Sanchez was been better than any of us could have hoped. He was 2-0, with 2 holds. In 4 appearances, he's pitched 6.1 innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 walks with 3 strikeouts. Batters hit .100/.100/.100 against him. I'm glad he wasn't traded

Chad Jenkins was 0-1, with a hold and a 0 ERA. In 3 games, he pitched 4 innings, allowed 4 hits, 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. In 18 plate appearances, batters hit .235/.278/.353 against him.

Sergio Santos pitched in 3 games, before getting the DFA treatment. He had a 20.25 ERA. In the 3 games, he pitched 1.1 innings, allowed 5 hits, 3 walks, 1 home run, with 1 strikeouts. He faced 12 batters, they hit .625/.667/.875 against him.

Rob Rasmussen pitched in 3 games, with a 0 ERA. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowed 3 hits, 3 walks with 6 strikeouts. He faced 21 batters who hit, .167/.286/.167.

Brad Mills pitched in that one game for us and got DFAed. In the game he pitched 2 innings, allowed 7 hits, 8 earned, 1 walk, 3 home runs, with 3 strikeouts.