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Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold: Blue Jays Pitchers

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A quick look at how our pitchers did over the last two weeks.

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Over the past two weeks the Blue Jays are 5-7 and the pitchers have a 4.84 ERA.

Hot

J.A. Happ: 2-0, 3.15 ERA in 3 starts. Batters hit .189/.221/.311, with 2 home runs, 2 walks and 27 strikeouts in 20 innings.

The strikeout to walk rate is pretty amazing. In his last two starts he has no walks and 19 strikeouts. He’s been terrific.

Tyler Clippard: 1.59 ERA, 1 win, 1 hold, in 6 games. Batters hit .118/.348/.294 with 1 home run, 6 walks and 6 strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

He gave out a lot of walks, but only the one earned run, a solo homer.

Ryan Tepera: 0.00 ERA, 2 holds in 6 games. Batters hit .188/.188/.188 with 0 walks and 6 strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

He’s been great.

Seunghwan Oh: 2.08 ERA, 1 hold in 5 games. Batters hit .188/.235/.438 against him with 1 homer, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

John Axford: 1.59 ERA in 5 games. Batters hit .263/.357/.316 against him with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

There have been 2 stole base attempts and both were caught with Axford on the mound, so he’s the opposite of Barnes.

Aaron Loup: 3.00 ERA, 1 hold in 6 games. Batters hit .217/.217/.391 with 1 home run, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts in 6 innings.

He had the 2 inning outing against the Red Sox (and I thought he should have been put out there for a 3rd inning). Some times Gibby uses him as a LOOGY, sometimes he’s the ‘long man’. I think he’s good as a long man.

Cold

Marcus Stroman: 0-2, 10.13 ERA in 2 starts. Batters hit .302/.375/.488 with 2 home runs in 10.2 innings.

I don’t know what is going on with him, he’ll have 3 good innings and then one terrible inning. I don’t know, maybe he’s having troubles out of the stretch. With no one on base, batters are hitting .208/.311/.226 against him. With runners on .392/.458/.686. It is small samples and I’m not sure it means much but he’s going have to figure out how to pitch better with runners on.

Marco Estrada: 1-1, 9.00 ERA in 2 starts. Batters hit .357/.378/.738 with 4 home runs, 2 walks and 9 strikeouts in 10 innings.

He’s having a tough time of it. He’s throwing strikes, but they are being hit hard. I don’t know what is going on but I’m hoping he figures it out soon.

Jaime Garcia: 0-2, 7.84 in 2 starts. Batters hit .268/.375/.634 with 3 homers, 7 walks and 11 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

His first 3 starts of the season, were good, the last 2 weren’t.

Roberto Osuna: 6.75 ERA in 4 games, 2 saves, 1 blown save. Batters hit .476/.500/.571 with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in 4 innings.

He’s been giving up a lot of singles. Just 2 extra base hits (both doubles) but a ton of singles. It is just 4 innings, everyone’s going to have 4 poor innings here and there, but he’s going to have to be better quick.

Danny Barnes: 3.60 ERA, 3 holds, 1 blown save, in 6 games. Batters hit .263/.400/.474, with 1 home run, 5 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings.

A curious stat against Danny is 4 stolen bases, in those 5 innings. This season he’s had 6 steals against. We’ve had 13 steals against us this season, 6 against Barnes in his 13.2 innings. Base stealers are 6-0 with Barnes pitching, 7-5 with other pitchers.

Inbetween

Aaron Sanchez: 1-1, 4.50 ERA in 3 starts, 18 innings. Batters hit .229/.325/.386 against him with 2 home runs, 7 walks and 12 strikeouts.

Aaron went 6 innings in each of the starts. Two were ‘quality starts’, and yesterday’s wasn’t quite a quality start. In one of the games he had 8 strikeouts, he had 2 each in the other 2 starts. I keep thinking he should be a ground ball pitcher who could get can go for a strikeout when he needs one, but he’s had two games with more than a strikeout an inning, and then 10 strikeouts in the other four starts, 25.2 innings. It’s hard to believe with that batting line, he has a 4.50 ERA against.


Also pitched:

Tim Mayza: 0.00 ERA, in 2 games. Batters hit .286/.375/.286 with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

So we need an 8-man bullpen but we don’t use the 8th man. I don’t understand. Now it is Carlos Ramirez who gets to carry candy down to the bullpen, and sit and watch the game (and get MLB major league pay, I wouldn’t mind major league pay to watch baseball, I do it for cheese doodles).