There was a bit of (sim) minor league news before the game today. They released a number of minor league players and signed a few too.
A.J. Cole P, Ryan Dull P, Matt Jones C, Andy Ravel P, Travis Bergen P, Marc Rzepczynski P, Connor Overton P, Jake Fishman P, Tayler Saucedo P, Mike Ellenbest P, Luke Gillingham R, Corey Copping P, Jackson McClelland P, Hobie Harris P.
The only two that I would complain about are Bergen and McClelland.
Peyton Long P, Randy Pondler Pm Isaiah Cullum C, Moises Causado P, Cody Hacker P, Tucker Baca P, Joey Gonzalez P, Erubiel Armenta P, Carlos Castellanos P, Wiger Camacho, P, Jonah Dipoto P, Eduardo Salazar P, Yeremi Ceballos P, Samson Abernathy P.
Looking at the league transactions, most teams made similar moves. The Rangers released Matt Bush. Moves made with the start of the minor league seasons coming up. All the full season minor league teams start play on the 9th.
One I missed the other day, the Twins signed Adam Lind to a minor league contract.
Jays drop to 8-4.
Nate Pearson had his worst start of his young MLB career. He went 5.1, allowed 7 hits, 4 earned, no walks with 7 strikeouts.
Through four innings he was very good, giving up just 3 singles. The fifth is where things fell apart. The first 3 batters singled, scoring a run and putting runners on first and second. Being an NL game, Zack Wheeler bunted the runners to second and third. After a ground out, Rhys Hoskins singled home both runners. Bryce Harper ground out to end the inning. Four singles in the inning added up to 3 runs. Pearson gave up a solo homer to J.T. Realmuto in the sixth and that was it for Nate.
Anthony Bass finished off the sixth and Wilmer Font pitched 2 scoreless innings.
Our offense didn’t do much against Wheeler. He went 7 innings, allowed 4 hits, 3 walks with 6 strikeouts picking up his third win of the season. The one run against was a Travis Shaw home run, his fourth of the season, getting his 10th RBI in 12 games.
In total we had 6 hits. Reese McGuire had two, including a double. Vlad (with two walks), Derek Fisher and Anthony Alford (playing right, making his first start of the season) had one hit each. Teoscar didn’t start for the second time this season, but he did pitch hit. Joe Panik also pinch hit, and was hit by pitch, getting his third PA of the season.
Also of note Vlad was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a McGuire hit. Insert Luis Rivera joke here.
Let’s give a JOD to Shaw.
Suckage: Pearson and Bo Bichette (0 for 5, leaving 4 on base).
Tomorrow is the Blue Jays second off-day of the young season. Thursday they host the Royals to start a four-game series and a seven-game home stand.
A note from my OOTP season, Derek Fisher hit for the cycle the other day. It is May 7 and my Jays are 24-13 in first, 5 games up on the Yankees. I’m not expecting it to last but I’m going to enjoy it while it does. I have sent Shaw to the minors and I traded Anthony Alford. I have Carlos Tocci as my 4th or 5th outfielder, I traded Joe Panik and a minor leaguer to get him. He’s better defensively in CF and Alford wasn’t hitting at all. And I’ve been grabbing pitchers off waivers. One I picked up was Michael Wacha, who is now in my rotation, as Rru and Pearson are on the DL. Rafael Dolis is also on the DL (just for 14 days). It is early May and I’ve used 8 starting pitchers (but then the Jays used 21 different pitchers to start games last year, so I have a ways to go yet).
I thought I’d share the where the Jays rank among AL teams (offensive side):
Pitching and defense side: