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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

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Over the last two weeks the Blue Jays are 5-7 (better than I thought). The pitchers have a 3.86 ERA and the starters have a 3.36 ERA.


J.A. Happ: 3 starts, 3.48 ERA, 1-0. Batters hit .136/.227/.256, with 7 walks and 15 strikeouts in 17 innings.

A .136 batting average against. In two of the starts he only went 5 innings, so only 1 quality start in there. But he’s been terrific. He’s a biggest trade chip going towards the deadline, but I doubt anything will happen for a month.

Aaron Sanchez: 2 starts, 2.14 ERA, 1-0. Batters hit .182/.294/.273 with 7 walks and 12 strikeouts in 12.1 innings.

Two quality starts. He went 6 and 6.1 innings. Nice to see him turning things around.

Marco Estrada: 2 starts, 2.25 ERA, 1-0. Batters hit .227/.244/.409 with 1 walk and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings.

A 15 to 1 strikeout to walk rate. He went 6 innings in both starts. Both quality starts. Another ‘nice to see him turning things around’. He’s going to give up some home runs, but if he can keep guys off the bases, we can live with it.

Ryan Tepera: 4 games, 1.35 ERA, 1 save, 1 loss. Batters hit .182/.217/.227 with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

Only pitched in 4 of 12 games. One of the few not being overworked of late.

Danny Barnes: 7 games, 2.57 ERA, 1 win, 1 blown save. Batters hit .130/.231/.174 with 3 waks and 8 strikeouts in 7 innings.

He’s been pitching a lot and he’s been very good. He seems to be the guy Gibby likes to use mid-innings. Most of the other guys he seems to prefer to give a fresh inning.

Tim Mayza: 4 games, 0.00 ERA. Batters hit .091/.136/.091 with 0 walks and 1 strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

Hasn’t pitched much, but he’s been good.


Jaime Garcia: 3 starts, 6.39 ERA, 0-2. Batters hit .294/.373/.451 against him with 7 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Three starts, one was good (6 innings 1 earned), one was bad (5 innings, 4 earned) and one was a train wreck (1.2, 4 earned). In a season of disappointments, he’s been one of the bigger ones. I won’t know what’s going on with him.

Seunghwan Oh: 6 games, 10.13 ERA, 0-2, 1 hold, 1 blown save. Batters hit .364/.429/.545 with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

He had been so good, I guess we had to expect a correction at some point. He hasn’t given up a run in his last 4 appearances.

Aaron Loup: 6 games, 13.50 ERA, 1 hold. Batters hit .500/.583/.800 with 1 walk, 2 strikeouts in 2.0 innings.

He’s just off a very good stretch where he hadn’t given up a run in a month. Gibby is using him as just a LOOGY of late.

John Axford: 6 games, 4.70 ERA, 1 win. Batters hit .143/.273/.357 with 4 walks, 7 strikeouts and 2 home runs in 7.2 innings.

The batting line looks good, the results haven’t been. He had 2 meltdown appearances in the 6 games. The other 4 were very good.

Joe Biagini: 6 games, 6.75 ERA, 1 loss. Batters hit .367/.406/.633 with 1 walk, 6 strikeouts and 2 homers in 6.2 innings.

1 walk and 6 strikeouts looks good. the rest doesn’t. He’s to be our long man, and he did pitch 3 innings in one appearance (his best game with us this year), but he hasn’t been good enough to eat innings. If he could have a couple more good outings, maybe he could build up some confidence.


Sam Gaviglio: In 2 starts, 4.35 ERA, 0-1. Batters hit .250/.340/.375 with 5 walks and 7 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

One start was very good, 7 shutout innings vs the Yankees. One was bad 5 earned in 3.1 vs the Rays.

Tyler Clippard: 6 games, 3.38 ERA, 1 blown save. Batters hit .200/.238/.600 against him with 1 walk, 9 strikeouts and 2 home runs in 5.1 innings.

The homers are the problem, 9 strikeouts in 5.1 innings with just 1 walks looks very good. He’s going to give up some homers, but it would be better if he didn’t give up one every 2 innings.

Also pitched

Preston Guilmet: 1 game, 1 clean inning.

On the DL

Marcus Stroman pitched 4.1 innings in Dunedin yesterday. He allowed just 1 hit (a homer)had 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. I’m not going to worry too much about all the walks, since he hasn’t pitched in a bit. I’d imagine, all going well, he’d get 2 more rehabs starts before joining the team again.


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. The court appearance is likely just to set hit next court day so things will still be up in the air for a long time yet.