We knew this was coming, since the Jays emptied out the bullpen last night but we have two pitchers coming up from Buffalo: The newly arrival Mike Bolsinger and longer time Jay farmhand Danny Barnes.
Bolsinger came in the Jesse Chavez
dump trade with the Dodgers. He's here to eat up some innings if needed. He made 6 starts for the Dodgers, earlier this season, had a 6,83 ERA in 27.2 innings. He allowed 33 hits, 7 home runs, 9 walks with 25 strikeouts. He was better or Oklahoma City of the PCL, put up a 3.41 ERA in 13 games, 2 starts. In 29 innings he allowed 32 hits, 2 home runs, 10 walks with 34 strikeouts.
Danny Barnes, a right-hander, has been with the Jays since they drafted him in the 35th round of a 2010 draft. He started 2016 in New Hampshire, and had a 1.01 ERA in 24 game there. Moved up to Buffalo, he has a 0.51 ERA in 12 games. In total, 53.1 innings, 22 hits, 3 home runs, 5 walks with 61 strikeouts. I'm surprise with haven't seen him yet this year.
Ryan Goins and Bo Schultz are the ones on the way to Buffalo to make room. It is too bad about Schultz, he's been good in his time with the Jays. Goins going down makes me think that they feel Troy Tulowitzki will be able to play soon.
But not today:
In other news, it looks like we'll just have one or maybe two more Aaron Sanchez starts. I wish that they would keep him in the rotation, but I'm not going to pretend I know more about keeping pitchers healthy than the Jays do. They have more information about Aaron than I do and, for the last couple of seasons, they have been very good at keeping pitchers healthy.
Relieving will cause less strain on his arm. It isn't a guarantee that he won't get hurt, but fewer pitches, less pushing him to fatigue will make it less likely something bad happens. I'm sure they will still be keeping a close eye on his arm. It does amuse me when us fans pretend me know more than we do. I've seen a lot of people on Twitter say that relief causes more strain on the arm because 'relievers can pitch every day and they have to warm up'. Ummmm starters warm up too, and, of course, relievers don't pitch everyday. I trust the team to make sure Sanchez doesn't pitch everyday.
I've seen folks suggest Sanchez do 'piggy back starts', pitching 3 innings a start, with someone else finishing. That doesn't make sense to me. If you are going to use him for 3 innings every 5 days (which is more than he'll pitch in relief most of the time, why not pick higher leverage spots for him?
The other comment I've seen is 'but they are denying him a chance at a Cy Young'. I don't understand that one, I don't see that the team should choose to do something they feel might increase chances of Sanchez getting hurt on the chance he might win an award. Awards aren't the goal. Winning baseball is the goal.
Some say that it's Sanchez' agent calling the shots, another argument I don't understand. No, the Jays aren't taking orders from Sanchez', that's just silly. And, course, his agent would likely prefer him to continue starting, as he could argue for more money in the future.
As much as I'd like Sanchez to stay in the rotation, I am glad that the team is trying to keep him healthy. That's not a bad thing.