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

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

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

So this will be fun.

The Blue Jays are 5-7 over the past couple of weeks. The pitchers have a 5.15 ERA. The starters a 6.37 ERA, bullpen 3.73.


Tyler Clippard: 1 win, 1 save, 2 holds, 0.00 ERA in 6 appearances. In 6 innings, batters hit .190/.217/.286 in 24 PA, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts.

He’s been amazingly good. Surprisingly good.

John Axford: 0.00 ERA in 5 games. .158/.200/.158 in 20 PA, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

John has been great. He went 2.1 innings in our 13-11 win against Cleveland. I’m kind of surprised he’s only had 3 strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Seunghwan Oh: 0.00 ERA in 6 games. Batters hit .043/.083/.043 in 24 PA, with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.

We grabbed a few older relievers and hoped they would be good. I really didn’t expect all of them to be good.


J.A. Happ: 0-2, 10.00 ERA in 2 starts. Batters hit .378/.455/.649 in 9 innings, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts.

Two starts, he went 5.2 and 3.1 innings. He was so good in April. I don’t know what turned things around in May. It’s hard to believe all that starters went bad at the same time.

Jamie Garcia: 0-0, 7.56 ERA in 2 starts. in 8.1 innings, he .278/.395/.444 with 6 walks and 7 strikeouts.

He started off the season so well. I sort of feel like we need our pitching coach to make things simple for the starters. Bruce Walton used to say pound down. I know, it was never that simple, but I think we really have to make things simple for our pitchers.

Marcus Stroman: 0-2, 5.25 ERA in 2 starts. Batters hit .300/.333/.460 in 12 innings, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.

And now he’s on the DL. I think it’s really a mental health DL visit. He did go 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs in one of his starts, which is pretty much the best start we’ve had this month.

Aaron Sanchez: 0-1, 4.15 ERA in 2 starts. Batters hit .278/.386/.389 in 8.2 innings, 7 walks 7 strikeouts.

It doesn’t look all that bad, until you notice he went 3.2 innings and 5 innings in his starts and walked 7 guys in 8.2 innings. I don’t know what’s going on with him, but he’s gotta start throwing strikes. I know we say his pitches move around a lot but he’s gotta get them in the zone. He’s tough to hit hard. Don’t walk guys and all is good.

Ryan Tepera: 2 wins, 2 blown saves, 6.00 ERA in 6 games. Batters hit .304/.385/.652 in 26 PA.

He’s been better his last few times out.

Joe Biagini: 0-2, 2 starts, 10.00 ERA. In 9 inning he’s allowed 14 hits, 2 homers, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts.

I didn’t think his start was bad yesterday. The home run was a wimpy one, and the strike zone was interesting. But a 10 ERA is not good.

Tim Mayza: 1 win, 5.79 ERA. Batters hit .381/.409/.762 in 22 PA, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.

Pitched 4.2 innings. He throws hard, seems to have good movement and gets hit hard. Small sample size but lefties have a 1.418 OPS against him, .717 for right-handers.

Jake Petricka: 4.15 ERA in 4 games. Batters hit .368/.429/.632 in 21 PA.

He pitched 4.1 innings, allowed 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.


Marco Estrada: 0-1, 4.24 ERA in 3 starts. Batters hit .277/.338/.492 in 17 innings, 6 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Compared to the other starters, Marco’s better great this month. He has gone 5, 6 and 6 innings in his starts. One was a very good start, 6 shutout innings. 4 hits, 4 walks 3 strikeouts. The other two games he allowed 4 runs in each.

Aaron Loup: 3.18 in 5 games. Batters hit .286/.385/.286, 4 walks and 7 strikeouts in 26 PA.

He’s been ok. 4 walks in 5.2 innings is too much. He’s given up some hits, but only singles.

Also pitched:

Roberto Osuna: 6.00 ERA, 2 saves in 3 games. Batters hit .250/.308/.333 in 13 PA.

I don’t know when he’ll be back.

Sam Gaviglio: 2.08 ERA in 2 games. 4.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Batters hit .125/.222/.125 in 18 PA.

He was terrific going 3 innings in our win over the Red Sox. We needed a longman.

Luis Santos: Pitch in 1 game, batters hit .556/.615/1.000 in 13 PA.

Had a lousy outing and got DFAed.