What a difference a couple of week make. Two weeks ago we were depressed, wondering if the team could get back to .500 one day, wondering if there were firings coming. Now we are over .500 and the team looks great. 8 wins in a row and not a save opportunity to be had.
Over the past 2 weeks we are 9-3. The pitchers have a 2.66 ERA and held batters to a .237/.264/.370 line. These are the same guys that couldn't pitch into the 5th inning earlier in the season.
R.A. had 2 starts, both were pretty much ok, not as great as his brothers in the rotations but he only allowed 2 runs in each, but he didn't pitch deep into either game, 6 innings in one and 5.2 in the other. I guess our relievers need some work. In the 2 starts he was 0-1, with a 3.09 ERA (nothing to complain about really), in 11.2 inning he allow 12 hits, 1 home run, 5 walks and had 11 strikeouts. Batters hit .273/.353/.364 against him. I'd like him to go deeper into games but such is life. In April we would have been thrilled with those 2 starts.
Mark made 3 starts, 2 complete games, 1 shutout, 2-0 and 24 innings in 3 starts. He gave up 4 runs, in the first inning of the start in Minnesota and then threw 17 straight shutout innings. He had a 2.25 ERA, with 20 hits, 2 home runs, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. Batters hit .227/.242/.341 against him. I don't think he'll keep up the .228 BABIP, but there seems to have been far fewer hard hit balls against him lately. If he keeps this up, he'll get his 200 innings easily.
Made 2 starts, 2 wins, both 'quality start'. He threw 13 innings, with a 3.46 ERA. Batters hit .255/278/.392 against him with 1 home runs, 2 walks and 11 strikeouts. Just 2 walks and 1 home run in 2 starts. He's doing a very nice job in our rotation.
Drew made 2 starts, went 1-0, we lost the other one. He threw 11.2 innings, allowed 13 hits, 1 home run, just 1 walk, with 8 strikeouts. 3.86 ERA. Batters hit .302/.311/.419 against him. If he can keep an 8 to 1 strikeout to walk rate, all will be good. The .302 batting average against isn't great, but only 3 extra base hits.
Aaron made 2 starts, went 1-0, but we lost the other one. He had a 1.93 ERA. In 14 innings, Aaron gave up 13 hits, 2 home runs, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Batters hit .260/.302/.420 against him. In his last start he went 8 inning, and didn't give up a walk. The best part is, we aren't talking about putting him in the bullpen anymore. The Jays skipped him yesterday. I'm glad the team is listening to players, if they are hurting, give them a break. The season is a long one, no point in pushing someone and having them land on the DL.
Pitched in 3 games, didn't get a save opportunity. 3 innings 10 plate appearances, just 1 hit (unfortunately a home run, but we were up by a bunch). 1 hit, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts. Batters hit .100/100/.400. IF the homer had been in a close game, he wouldn't get an up arrow, but since it wasn't.....
Roberto pitched in 4 games, had a hold and a loss. He gave up a run in two of the games. He's been so good, I had to complain. He had a 5.40 ERA, in 3.1 innings. Batters hit .214/.267/.500 against him with 1 home run, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. It is too bad the home run came at a bad time, we've had so few close games.
Aaron pitched in 6 games, he had a hold and a loss. He only gave up 2 hits and 1 run, unfortunately the run cost us a game. In 4.1 innings, he allowed 2 hits, 1 triple, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts. He had a 2.08 ERA. Batters hit .143/.143/.286 off him.
Pitched in 3 games. In 11 PA, batters had 3 hits against him, single, double, home run, no walks and 3 strikeouts. 3.38 ERA. the batting line is .273/.273/.636. Not really fair to give him a down arrow, but, life's not fair.
Liam's pitched in 4 games and didn't allow a run and picked up 2 wins, in our walk-off wins. He faced 22 batters, allowed just 3 singles and a walk, with 6 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Batters hit .136/.174/.136 against him.
He only got into 1 game, got his 3 outs and the rest of the time sat. 2 fly outs and a strikeout in 2 weeks.
Came up, he's pitched twice. One game did not go well, he got a blown save, but that just set up a walk-off win. The error didn't help him but he game up some hard hit balls too. In the 2 games he faced 15 batters, gave up 3 hits, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 hit batter, had 2 strikeouts. Batters hit .250/.333/.333 against him. The 6.00 ERA doesn't look good on his line and he has 2 unearned runs scored against. A victim of some bad luck, again not really fair to give him a down arrow but, who said I was fair?
Comes up, makes a very good start and, as a reward, is headed back to Buffalo. In the start he pitched 7 innings, allowed 6 hits, no walks with 4 strikeouts, for a batting line up .222/.222/.370.