Yesterday’s loss was another tough one. Ryan Borucki started for the fifth time as a Jay on Tuesday night and picked up his fourth quality start while limiting the Twins to a pair of unearned runs over six innings. However, the Jays gave the 24-year-old no run support (AGAIN) and we lost to the Twins 5-0. Tom’s recap is a little depressing.
It was certainly going well until Teoscar Hernandez proved once again he is not an MLB calibre LF. Im getting a little tired of his misadventures out there. I don’t doubt that he has the capability to be a serviceable LF but he seems to have glaring mental lapses on a frequent basis.
Borucki did his best to pick up his teamate, saying:
(Hernandez) makes plays all the time, I’ve seen him make numerous plays, unbelievable plays.
Yes Ryan, we have all seen unbelievable plays from him too....and not of the good kind.
A positive was Lourdes Gurriel Jr. picking up a pair of singles to extend his multi-hit streak to seven games, trying Al Woods (1977) for the longest such streak by a Jays rookie. And his hair game is strong too.
Given the ongoing malaise around the team and the trade market beginning to take off, its no surprise that a few names are being bandied around as possible offloads.
J A Happ, Tyler Clippard, John Axford, Marco Estrada and surprisingly Yangervis Solarte are all mentioned in this decent piece by Steve Adams on MLB Trade Rumours. He does say that while Marcus Stroman generates some interest, the FO aren’t keen to move him.
Roberto Osuna is a different (and difficult) matter, given his off field behaviour. Tom’s piece on the Jays shopping him around generated more than a few hot takes and strong opinions. Personally speaking i do think people should be given a second chance where possible but they should absolutely face the consequences of their actions. And ultimately behind all of this is a woman and child that have been affected. So we should all keep that in mind .
And while the season drags on in unhappy fashion for us and we would all like to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr on the team, Mark Shapiro makes it clear that Vlad isn't going to be skipping AAA.
Talking of AAA, the Bisons dropped both games of a doubleheader against a hot Louisville team Tuesday night on the road by final scores of 3-0 and 4-3. Marco Estrada took the mound for the Herd in Game one, making a rehab start on his way back from suffering a left glute strain earlier this month. This was his first outing since July 3. Estrada was pulled from the game after 3.1 innings of work with an injury. Matt W has more on this.
Meanwhile New Hampshire lost 5-2 to Reading with Juan Kelly getting 3 hits. Bichette had a triple and Vlad a double and the Fisher Cats dropped to 55-44.
Team of the Day: The ever improving A’s. Just a day after spanking the Rangers 15-3, today they came back from 10-2 down to score 11 unanswered runs in the last 4 innings to win 13-10.
Play of the Day: Joe Musgrove fielding this bunt is just filthy.