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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.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a fun couple of weeks. The Blue Jays were 3-9 over the past 12 games.

Our pitchers had a 5.02 ERA.

Hot

J.A. Happ: 2-0, 2.63 ERA in 2 starts. In 13.2 innings batters hit .188/.264/.208 with 5walks and 13 strikeouts.

Happ last 3 starts were quality starts and he’s won all 3. He’s been almost the only bright spot of the season.

Sam Gaviglio: 1-1, 3.63 ERA in 3 starts. In 17.1 innings batters hit .242/.275/.485 with 4 homer uns, 3 walks and 16 strikeouts.

Two good starts, one ok start. He did give up a few home runs, but other than that he was very good.

Jaime Garcia: 1.29 ERA in 1 start. 7 innings, batters hit .192/.192/.308, 1 home run, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts.

Off the DL and he had a great start. I hope it continues. When they put him on the DL, I didn’t think it would change anything, but maybe the break was what he needed.

Seunghwan Oh: 4 holds in 5 games. 0.00 ERA. In 6 innings batters hit .105/.227/.105 with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts.

He has been terrific. A very nice pickup this winter.

Aaron Loup: 1 hold in 6 games. 0.00 ERA. In 4.2 innings batters hit .000/.125/.000 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts

Gibby has used him as a LOOGY and also in a kind of long relieve role. He’s been great. He hasn’t given up a hit since May 2 (just 2 hits allowed this month) and Tuesday’s walk was his first since May 10th. He’s no one’s favorite, but when he’s pitching well he’s unhittable.

Jake Petricka: 3 games. 0.00 ERA. In 2 innings batters hit .300/.300/.300 with 1 strikeout.

He’s given up 3 singles in 10 PA. We talk about the bullpen being over worked but Jake rarely gets used. Personally, they should either use him or find someone Gibby wants to use.

Cold

Aaron Sanchez: 0-1, 6.30 ERA. In 10 innings batters hit .268/.354/.439, 2 homers, 6 walks and 6 strikeouts.

The batting line against doesn’t seem that bad. He has very good innings and very bad innings and I’m not sure what’s going on with him. It’s funny, on the season he’s doing better with runners on base (.252/.312/.386) than with the bases empty (.248/.418/.488). One of the starts was good, 5 innings, no runs, 2 hits, but 5 walks. The other was terrible, 7 earned in 5 innings.

Marco Estrada: 0-3, 6.75 ERA. In 14.2 innings batters hit .323/.343/.615, 2 homers, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts.

One of the 3 starts was a Quality Start but the other 2 were terrible (8 innings total, 14 hits, 8 earned). I don’t know, he’s one of the few of our starters who hasn’t been walking guys.

Joe Biagini: 3 games, 1 start, 2 relief appearances, 0-2, 9.53 ERA. In 5.2 innings batters hit .440/.500/.800 with 2 home runs, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.

He’s having a rough time. Even when he’s pitching well, it seems like every ground ball finds a hole. We really need a long man in the pen, but Joe’s been so bad that he can’t give us innings in relief.

Tyler Clippard: 0-2, 1 save, 1 hold, 2 blown saves in 5 game. 15.75 ERA. In 4 innings batters hit .368/.478/1.162.

He picked a bad time to go into a slump. He had been great before the last couple of weeks. When he first got the closer’s job he did a very good job and then it all fell apart.

Ryan Tepera: 2 saves, 2 holds, in 6 games. 4.26 ERA. In 6.1 innings batters hit .292/.379/.458 with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.

He’s had a rough time of it lately. He’s not been terrible, but not quite the pitcher we saw last year.

John Axford: 4 games. In 2.1 innings batters hit .538/.625/.615 with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.

They talk about him being overworked, but he’s pitched a ton in the past too. I think he’s just going through one of those bad stretches that seems to hit everyone at some point.

Danny Barnes: 1 hold in 5 games. In 4.1 innings batters hit .278/.381/.778 with 2 homers, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

He’s having a rough season, he’s given up 5 home runs and 10 walks in 19.1 innings. At some point we might have to send him down again and try someone else. Gibby likes using him in the middle of an inning with runners on base, but he isn’t having the success he had last year. He’s allowed 42% of inherited runners to score.

Deck McGuire: 3 games. 5.40 ERA. In 5 innings batters hit .238/.360/.524 with 1 home run, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.

He wasn’t all that bad, but he’s back in Buffalo. Personally, I’d switch him and Biagini, giving Deck the long man role in our pen.

Also pitched

Kendrys Morales pitched that 1 inning and looked pretty good really. Faced 4 batters and allowed just 1 walk. It was fun to watch him.

On the DL

Marcus Stroman is started a ‘throwing program’, so he should start a rehab assignment sometime soon. I’d guess they would have him make 3 rehab starts, so he might be back towards the end of June.

Suspended

Roberto Osuna: MLB extends his ‘administrative leave’ a week at the time, but I can’t imagine that the leave will end until after his court appearance on June 18th. After that, well, either he’s reinstated or suspended.