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

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

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Over the past 25 games, the Blue Jays are 12-13 and the pitchers have a 5.63 ERA, up a fair bit from their season ERA of 4.87.

Man, we’ve used a lot of pitchers this past month.


Tyler Clippard: 3.52. 3 holds. Batters hit .258/.273/.387. In 7.2 innings he allowed 1 homer, 1 walk and 13 strikeouts.

He pitched in 9 games. He had one bad outing, allowing 3 runs while getting just 1 out. Other than that he’s had a bunch of clean innings. If he had put together a streak like this before the trade deadline we would have moved him. He’s had a pretty good season really.

Ryan Tepera: 0.00, 5 holds. Batters hit ..133/.270/.167. In 9.1 innings he allowed 4 hits, 6 walks and 8 strikeouts.

That's a lot of walks, but he’s been excellent. He seems to have lost his spot as the number 1 setup man and I’m not really sure why.

Joe Biagini: 2.19 ERA, 2-1 record. Batters hit .289/.347/.333. in 12.1 innings he’s allowed 13 hits, 0 homers, 2 walks with 9 strikeouts.

Pitched in 8 games. And now he is on the DL. He went 3.1 innings in one of the relief appearances. When he’s good he’s good, it would be nice if he was good more often.

Tim Mayza: 2.77 ERA. Batters hit .191/.296/.255 in 12 games. In 13 innings he allowed 6 walks and 13 strikeouts.

He’s looked good lately. It is good to see, we are going to need a lefty in the pen next year.

Thomas Pannone: 3.80 ERA, 2-1 in 3 starts, 4 relief appearance. Batters hit .210/.281/.407. In 21.1 innings he’s allowed 4 homers, 6 walks and 11 strikeouts.

He seems to be pitching his way into the conversation for next year’s rotation. He’s looked good.

Ken Giles: 2.08 ERA, 7 saves in 10 games. Batters hit .229/.270/.371. In 8.2 innings he’s allowed 1 homer, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.

He’s been good. Even if the trade was made under the worst of circumstances, it has worked out pretty well, so far.

Justin Shafer: 2.84 ERA in 5 games. Batters hit .174/.367/.261. In 6.1 innings he’s allowed 6 walks with 2 strikeouts.

He had 1 meltdown appearance. The others have gone well. He went 3.1 innings against the Phillies, giving up no hits and just 1 walk. I’ll forgive the one bad outing.

Taylor Guerrieri: 1.80 ERA in 4 games. Batters hit .167/.167/.333. In 5 innings he’s allowed 1 home run, 0 walks with 3 strikeouts.

He’s done well, but he’s only pitched in losing causes, but he’s done well.

Jose Fernandez: 1.93 ERA in 5 games. Batters hit .278/.278/.333. in 4.2 innings he’s allowed 0 walks and 2 strikeouts.

Small sample, but he’s looked good.


Marco Estrada: 2-2, 7.40 ERA. Batters hit .327/.402/.653 in 5 starts. In 24.1 innings he allowed 8 homers, 13 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Only 1 of the 5 starts was a quality start. In the 5 starts he allowed 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 runs. Seems like hes been trying to pitch through pain which isn’t a great idea. His latest start was the good one, so maybe he’ll be better the rest of the way.

Sam Gaviglio: 1-3, 6.75 ERA. Batters hit .310/.341/.429 in 4 starts. In 21.1 innings he allowed 5 homers, 4 walks and 15 strikeouts.

4 starts, 1 quality start. He’s been hit hard. Has a 6.25 ERA on the season, I’m no sure where he falls in future plans. A swing man? Starter in Buffalo. In another organization?

Aaron Sanchez: 1-0, 8.79 ERA. Batters hit .375/.431/.547 in 3 starts. In 14.1 innings he allowed 2 homers, 7 walks and 12 strikeouts.

3 starts since coming back from the DL. The last one was very good, the other two not. I’m giving him a mulligan on the other two. I’d love him to finish the season with 3-4 good starts to make me feel better about next year.

Ryan Borucki: 1-2, 7.89 ERA. Batters hit .311/.382/.489 in 5 starts. In 21.2 innings he allowed 4 homers, 9 walks and 13 strikeouts.

He had 2 quality starts and 3 really bad starts. There are going to be ups and downs.

Danny Barnes: 1-1, 12.46 ERA in 7 games. Batters hit .350/.409/.450. In 4.1 innings he allowed 7 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

He’s been hit hard. He has been doing better lately. Last 5 appearances he has only allowed 1 hit.

Sean Reid-Foley: 1-2, 7.31 ERA in 3 starts. Batters hit .258/.356/.532. In 16 innings he allowed 5 homers, 9 walks and 19 strikeouts.

He had one good start. One start that was going well, and turned bad suddenly. And one bad start. All in I’m encouraged. I think he’ll be ok, just needs to see what works for him here.


Jake Petricka: 3.38 ERA, 1-0, 1 hold. Batters hit .310/.341/.429. In 10.1 innings, he allowed 0 homers, 2 walks and 12 strikeouts.

Pitched in 9 games. He’s pretty good really. .310 batting average against but mostly singles, only 2 walks. I am hoping he gets into as many games as possible, he’s got good stuff, he should be able to get batters out. I hope he figures it out.

Also pitched

Marcus Stroman: 0-1. 14.29 ERA in 2 starts. Batters hit .400/.455/.733. In 5.2 innings, he allowed 1 homer, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Blister problems. I don’t see any reason he should start again this year, but then I doubt there is a big down side either. I’m all ok with leaving it up to him.

Jamie Garcia: 0.00 ERA, 1 hold. Batters hit .143/.143/.143. In 2 innings he allowed 1 single and had 3 strikeouts.

So three good appearances just before he was released. He’s had one bad start for the Cubs since joining them.

Murphy Smith: 8.10 ERA in 3 games. Batters hit .385/.438/.462. In 3.1 innings he allowed 1 walk with 0 strikeouts.

Mark Leiter: 9.00 ERA in 3 games. Batters hit .286/.412/.500. In 3 innings he’s allowed 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

David Paulino: 0.00 ERA in 2 games. Batters hit .286/.375/.286. in 1.2 innings he’s allowed 1 walk and has 4 strikeouts.

On the DL

Rhiner Cruz: Out for the season.