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Who’s Up, Who’s Down: Blue Jays Pitchers

Looking at our pitchers over the last two weeks.

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Over the last two weeks, the Jays are 7-5. The pitchers have a 4.25 ERA.


Marcus Stroman: 2 starts. 3.00, 1-0. Batters hit .227/.261/.318. In 12 innings, he allowed 10 hits, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts. He had a great start against the Yankees and an equally good one against the Reds.

Roberto Osuna: Pitched 6 games. 1.69 ERA. 6 saves. Batters hit.105/.105/.263 with 1 home run, no walks and 10 strikeouts in 5.1 innings. He’s been very good.

Aaron Loup: Pitched in 7 games. 0.00 ERA. Had 2 holds and a win. Batters hit .214/.214/.286 in 4 innings. He didn’t even hit a batter. He’s been excellent. Gibby’s been using him as a LOOGY on occasion and has had him pitching more than an inning at other times.

Joe Biagini: 2 starts. 2.08 ERA. He got 2 losses. Batters hit .212/.241/.346 with 1 home run, 2 walks and 13 strikeouts in 13 innings. He was excellent, going 6 innings and 7 innings, and he still gets 2 losses. It will be interesting to see what the Jays do when Aaron Sanchez comes back (presuming no other starter hits the DL before then). The way Joe has been pitching, I can’t see taking him out of the rotation.


Marco Estrada: Made 3 starts, one was good, one was bad, one was unlucky. 1-2, 7.04 ERA. Batters hit .313/.348/.563 with 3 home runs, 4 walks and 20 strikeouts in 15.1 innings. Everyone is allowed a down period. He’s still getting strikeouts, he’s not walking many, but he’s giving up a lot of hard contact. Yesterday he could have used some help from his defense. If I was a fly ball pitcher, I’d be asking that Carrera sit out my games.

J.A. Happ: Has made 2 starts since coming off the DL. 6.75 ERA. Batters hit .200/.317/.571 with 4 home runs, 6 walk and 7 strikeouts in 9.1 innings. Home runs and walks....he’s only given up 2 singles. He only had the one rehab start. He’s been missing his spots, I’m expecting his command to come around soon.

Ryan Tepera: 6 games. 3.60 ERA. 2 holds, 1 blown save/loss. Batters hit .294/.429/.412 with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings. He’s been so good, he’s allowed a little down turn too. He only had one ‘clean appearance’ in the 6 games, and that was only 2 outs.

Jason Grilli: Pitched in 3 games. 13.50 ERA. 1 win. Batters hit .385/.385/1.308 with 4 homers, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts in 2.2. innings. He had 2 good appearances and 1 awful one. I’m sure you remember the awful one, 4 home runs, while getting just 2 outs. It seems like all he does is throw high strikes. If the batters miss them, all is good, but if they don’t miss, they hit the ball a long way.

J.P. Howell: Pitching in 4 games. 6.75 ERA. Batters hit .313/.353/.438 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. He’s on the DL now. I’d imagine he’ll get a long rehab assignment to see if he can remember how to pitch.

Somewhere In Between

Mike Bolsinger: Made 2 starts. 4.50 ERA. We won both his starts. Batters hit .263/.383/.421 with 1 home run, 8 walks and 9 strikeouts in 10 innings. He did about as well as we could have expected. Walked too many, but kept us in the games. He was DFAed June 1st, so he’ll be in DFA limbo for a bit longer.

Joe Smith: 6 games. 4.76 ERA. 3 holds, 2 wins. Batters hit .261/.261/.478 with 1 home run, 0 walks and 9 strikeouts in 6 innings. He had 1 bad appearance, giving up 3 earned, but he didn’t allow more than 1 base runner in any of his other appearances.

Danny Barnes: Pitched in 5 games. 4.05 ERA. 1 hold. Batters hit .130/.231/.391 with 2 home runs, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Allowed 3 hits and 2 of them were home runs. The .130 batting average looks great, but then 2 home runs in 6.2 innings isn’t great. I don’t know what we’d do without him and Tepera.

On the DL

Aaron Sanchez: He’s started to throw. It will be a bit still.

Also pitched

Francisco Liriano: Off the DL, he made one start. 5 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. A pretty good start, especially considering a shortened rehab.

Dominic Leone: Pitched in 3 games, with a trip to Buffalo and back in between. 2.25 ERA. In 4 innings batters hit .143/.200/.214, with 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. He’s been surprisingly good and yet he’s on the Buffalo shuttle.

Leonel Campos: Pitched in 1 game, 3 innings. Batters hit .167/.231/.250. I can never remember if he is on the active roster or not (he’s not at the moment, ask again in in a couple of hours).

Jeff Beliveau: Pitched in 1 game. 1 inning, 1 double. no runs, no walks, no strikeouts.