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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: Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past two weeks, the Blue Jays are 7-5. The team has been playing pretty good.

The pitchers have a 4.70 ERA.


Marco Estrada: 3 starts, 2.41 ERA, 1-1. Batters hit .194/..260/.284 with 0 home runs, 6 walks and 12 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

3 good starts. He’s made himself an attractive trade deadline piece. He’s been good all month, 2.35 ERA this month. I’d be sad to see him go, he seems to great guy to have on the team. He’s the type who I’d think would make a great pitching coach, other than he’s made enough money that he doesn’t have to work after his career ends.

Marcus Stroman: 1 start, 0 ERA. Batters hit .300/.333/.300 in 5 innings, with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.

Just one start, but he looked good. Allowed 6 hits, but all singles, nothing hit very hard against him. I’m hoping it is a good sign.

Tyler Clippard: 6 games, 3.00 ERA, 2 saves, 2 holds, 1 blown save. Batters hit .227/.227/.364 with 1 home run, 0 walks and 6 strikeouts.

He’s been quite good. He does give up the odd home run, but 44 strikeouts in 38.1 innings this season. He is another trade chip.

Seunghwan Oh: 6 games, 1.59 ERA, 1 win, 1 hold, 1 save, 2 blown saves (neither in the 9th inning). Batters hit .158/.200/.316 with 1 home run, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

3 hits allowed and 10 strikeouts. He’s done a really nice job for us too.


Sam Gaviglio: 2 starts, 5.19 ERA, 0-0. Batters hit .306/.342/.417 with 1 home run, 2 walks and 11 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

He wasn’t terrible, just not good. He didn’t make it through 5 innings in either start. He’s a new dad, so he won’t get a good night’s sleep.....for the rest of his life.

Ryan Tepera: 6 games, 3.18 ERA, 2 wins, 3 saves, 2 blown saves (he got the win in one). Batters hit .304/.333/.478, 1 home run, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

He only gave up earned runs in that one game (we won’t talk about it), but he’s only had 1 clean inning. We all go through slumps, but it’s time for his to end.

Aaron Loup: 6 games, 7.36 ERA, 4 holds. Batters hit.294/.368/.471 with 0 homers, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

After a terrific May, Aaron’s having a lousy June. It is hard to understand slumps. but players are people. I have slumps too.

John Axford: 5 games, 8.44 ERA, 3 holds, 1 loss, 1 blown save. Batters hit .250/.318/.600 with 2 home runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.

He had one really bad outing, giving up 2 home runs in one appearance.

Preston Guilmet: 3 games, 9.64 ERA. Batter hit.316/.409/.789 with 2 homers, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

He hasn’t pitched much but he hasn’t made the case that he should pitch more. I’d like to think there is someone better in Buffalo.


J.A. Happ: 2 starts, 4.40 ERA, 2-0. Batters hit .232/.259/.429 with 3 home runs, 2 walks ans 12 strikeouts in 14.1 inning.

I really didn’t know where to put him. His ERA was much higher than it has been, but it is a pretty good batting line against. He won both starts. The game against Atlanta he went 8.1 innings, and 2 runs against came after he left the game. With out those 2 runs his ERA would have been 3.19. The other start was 6 innings, 7 hits, 3 earned, but that was against the Astros. Not ’Hot’ but not ‘Cold’.

Joe Biagini: 6 games, 2.25 ERA, 2 holds. Batters hit .294/.314/.412 with 0 home runs, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts.

His last couple of outings have been good. But he’s given up hits in every appearance but one. He’s looking better. I really like the guy, so hoping the best.

Also pitched

Tim Mayza: 1 game. 27.00 ERA. Batters hit .600/.600/1.400 in 0.2 innings.

I think Gibby forgets he’s in the bullpen. I’d like to see him pitch more. Though I’ll admit, I’m never sure if he is with the team or not at any given moment.

Ryan Borucki: 1 start, 3.00 ERA. Batters hit .261/.370/.435 with 0 homers, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts in 6 innings.

I thought he looked good, pitching against a tough lineup. I’m looking forward to his next start.

On the DL

Aaron Sanchez: 2 starts, 6.43 ERA, 0-0. Batters hit .276/.344/.345 with 0 homers, 3 walks and 9 strikeouts in 7 innings.

He had an ok start (6 innings, 3 earned) and then came out of the game game in the first inning. He was supposed to ‘play catch’ yesterday, and then throw a side session Friday. From there we will see.

Jaime Garcia: 1 start, 15.00 ERA, 0-1. Batters hit .333/.444/.800 with 2 homers, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts in 3 innings.

“Tender left shoulder”. No idea when he’ll be back.

Danny Barnes: 3 games, 12.00 ERA, 1 hold. Batters hit .308/.471/.462, 0 home run, 4 walks, 1 strikeout in 3 innings.

Knee tendinitis. I haven’t heard about any timeline for him.


Roberto Osuna: Suspended until August 4th. I am curious to see what happens since the court won’t be finished with him yet.