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Jays offence stymied by rookie pitchers in Yankees sweep

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The Blue Jays offence was nowhere to be found in New York Wednesday night as the Yankees completed the sweep with a 2-0 victory over their AL East rivals.

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Blue Jays - 2 Yankees - 0

The Toronto Blue Jays entered Wednesday night's game with a 77-61 record, tied for first place in the American League East, looking to salvage the final game of a three-game set against the New York Yankees.

Taking the hill for the Jays was New York native Marcus Stroman facing off against Bryan Mitchell. Mitchell was making his debut for the Yankees after a swirl of confusion in Yankees land, thanks to manager Joe Girardi burning many of their long-relief pitchers in Sunday's game.

Stroman had been up and down over his last seven starts with a 3.65 ERA but was largely Marcus Stroman Wednesday night. Over his five innings, he managed to strike out eight Yankees while allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks. In reality, Stroman managed to miss significantly only once to Starlin Castro who roped a solo home-run to left field in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Brian McCann added to the lead with a single to right field, doubling the lead to 2-0.

As seems to be the case lately, the Blue Jays offence was nowhere to be found, at least when it mattered. At times when the offence seemed to be getting going, something--anything--would rob them of any last hope. Take for example a two-out double by Troy Tulowitzki in the second inning that they were unable to cash in on. Next were two walks to start the third inning that were quickly erased by a Devon Travis double-play. It continued all the way to the 7th inning with a one-out double from Tulowitzki being once again stranded thanks to an overturned call on Michael Saunders and a swing-and-a-miss Melvin Upton strikeout. Put simply, recording five hits should result in some sort of a number on the scoreboard. It just has to.

Coming out of the bullpen for the Jays was Joseph Biagini who continued to be the light shinning on a dark night. In his two innings of work, he managed to allow just one hit (a double under the glove of Edwin Encarnacion) while striking out four. It's without a doubt that the Blue Jays owe Biagini for giving them at least a chance to stay in this game and compete for a win.

Roberto Osuna took over for Biagini in the 8th and did what he could to keep the Jays within scoring distance to win the game. Unfortunately for him and the crop of Jays pitchers, they weren't able to throw their way to a run and fell 2-0.

Jays of the Day:

It's hard to give this out to anyone in tonight's game, especially on the offence but each of Stroman, Biagini and Osuna need to be recognized for their efforts. Biagini himself added 0.052 WPA on the night.

Suckage:

Everyone not named Troy Tulowitzki in the batting order. Seriously only Kevin Pillar posted a positive WPA and that was hardly noticeable in 0.013. The worst were Edwin Encarnacion (-0.159), Josh Donaldson (-.111) and Michael Saunders (-.110). It just wasn't what you want to watch on a Wednesday night.

On a side note for those who missed the game, Russell Martin noticeably struggled with what appears to be a knee injury when hitting on the night. It seemed that he was going to be removed from the game after his 7th inning at-bat, however, he managed to catch all the way until the 8th inning before being removed in the top of the 9th to allow Dioner Navarro to hit in place of him. Whether or not that means he's fine or not remains to be seen.

The Jays will have Thursday off before hosting a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox this weekend. Marco Estrada will take the ball Friday night.


Source: FanGraphs