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OOTP Season Sim Game 62: Jays win streak runs to 6 games

MLB: Game Two-Toronto Blue Jays at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

There was a bit of MLB news:

  • The Pirates traded Chris Archer to the Red Sox for Triston Casas (3B), Denyi Reyes (RHP) and Irvin Villarroel (RHP). Archer has a 6.06 ERA and a 2-5 record in 12 starts. His FIP is 4.14 so he’s had some bad luck. The Red Sox are 3.5 games back of the Jays.

Blue Jays 7 Cardinals 1

Nate Pearson gave us another good start. 5.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned (Harrison Bader hit a home run off him, the Cardinals only extra base hit of the game), 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. If he could pitch a little deeper into games it would be nice but a 5-2 record and a 2.65 ERA is a nice thing to have in our rotation.

We had 3.1 scoreless innings of relief work:

  • Eduardo Jimenez got the last out of the sixth inning and the first out of the seventh. He gave up 2 hits and had a strikeouts.
  • Wilmer Font got the last 2 outs of the seventh allowing a single.
  • Chase Anderson pitched the last 2 innings, giving up a hit and a walk with 3 strikeouts.

We managed 13 hits (and no walks) on the offensive side. The 2 through 7th spots got all the hits. Vladimir Guerrero had 3. Lourdes Gurriel, Bo Bichette, Travis Shaw, Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez had 2 each. Shaw and Grichuk drove in 3 runs each.

We scored:

  • 1 in the fourth: Grichuk and Hernandez started off the inning with back-to-bck singles. Reese McGuire reached on error to load the bases. Grichuk scored on a wild pitch but that was the only run we got out of the bases loaded no outs situation.
  • 2 in the fifth: Bo tripled and Shaw hit his 18th home run of the season.
  • 3 in the seventh: Teoscar and Vlad started off the inning with back-to-back singled and Grichuk homered to make it 7-1.

Biggio had a rough day going 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts.

The Jays gave Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty his second loss of the season.

Let’s give JoDs to Pearson, Vlad, Grichuk and Shaw.

The Jays have a 3.5 game lead in the AL East.

Tomorrow is an off-day for the Blue Jays.

The team has said that Hyun-Jin Ryu came out of yesterday’s game with ‘back tightness’. He will be day-to-day for about a week. I’m not sure if the team will push his next start back a bit, but, with the off-day, they should be able to give him an extra couple of days without messing up the rotation.

On Wednesday they start a 4-game series with the Rangers (with an off-day after the series).

The Jays have a few players near the top of the league in various stats:

  • Bichette and Shaw are tied for second in the AL in home runs at 18.
  • Bichette is third in RBI at 45.
  • Fisher is second in OPS at .984.