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

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A look at how our pitchers performed the last two weeks.

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Hyun Jin Ryu: 2 starts, 2-0, 3.75 ERA. In 12 innings, batters hit .239/.271/.413 with 2 home runs, 2 walks, and 12 strikeouts.

One very good start, one not good start, but we won both. There have been no stolen bases with him on the mound this year. A marginal up arrow.

Joel Payamps: 5 relief appearances, 1.35 ERA. In 6.2 innings, batters hit .150/.261/.350 with 1 home run, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts.

I should have put Payamps into the ‘pleasant surprise’ poll. He’s been terrific. He’s been used in low leverage spots, but he could move up to higher leverage spots, especially with injuries. I’m glad he finished the waiver battle with the Blue Jays after going back and forth with the Red Sox a few times.

Tyler Chatwood: 5 relief appearances, 4 holds, 1.42 ERA. In 6.1 innings, batters hit .095/.174/.190 with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts.

He’s been great. Charlie has left him out there for more than an inning several times, but it seems that the maximum number of pitches he’s allowed to throw is 25, which might be a good plan. It is hard to argue with how he has been used, seeing the

Jordan Romano: 6 relief appearances, 1 win, 2 holds and a save, 3.00 ERA. In 6 innings, batters hit .143/.250/.190 with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts.

Very little to complain about. Faced 24 batters, 6 reached base, 2 singles, 1 double, 3 walks. Charlie seems to like him to stay under 25 pitches as well.

Trent Thornton: 4 relief appearance, 1-1, 3.00 ERA. In 6 innings, batters hit .150/.261/.200 with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts.

His last game wasn’t good, but he has been great. He topped out at 2.2 innings so far this season, but I’m sure he’ll go longer as the season goes on.

Travis Bergen: 5 relief appearances, 2-0, 0.00 ERA. In 6 innings, batters hit .136/.269/.182, with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.

He’s been great, which has me checking again to make sure he isn’t on the IL.


Steven Matz: 3 starts, 1-1, 4.80 ERA. In 15 innings, batters hit .306/.358/.532, with 3 home runs, 4 walks, and 19 strikeouts.

He had one bad start, one ok start, and one good start. Still getting a lot of strikeouts and not too many walks. He went 5 innings in each start. It would be nice if he could go a little deeper in games. There have been no stolen bases with him on the mound this season. Kind of a marginal down arrow.

Robbie Ray: 3 starts, 1-0, 5.09 ERA. In 17.2 innings, batters hit .254/.284/.592, with 7 home runs, 1 walk, and 28 strikeouts.

Two starts of 6 innings and 3 earned, and one of 5.2 innings and 4 earned. Again, kind of a marginal down arrow, but he was better earlier in the season.

Ross Stripling: 2 starts, 0-1, 5.19 ERA. In 8.2 innings, batters hit .286/.359/.486 with 2 home runs, 4 walks, and 12 strikeouts.

One good start, one bad start. The way he threw in his last start, I have high hopes for the next.

Anthony Kay: 3 games, 2 starts, 0-1, 6.10 ERA. In 10.1 innings, batters hit .243/.391/.486 with 2 home runs, 6 walks, and 13 strikeouts.

His last start, against the Phillies, was excellent, other than he only went 4 innings, but he gave up 7 earned in 6.1 innings in his other two games. Too many walks.

Tim Mayza: 5 relief appearances, 2 blown saves, 18.59 ERA. In 4.1 innings, batters hit .381/.480/.714 with 2 home runs, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts.

He is having a rough time of it lately.

Also Pitched

Ty Tice: Pitched in 2 games, 6.75 ERA. In 2.2 innings, batters hit .462/.533/.538 with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Nate Pearson: Had a bad start and was sent back down.

Jeremy Beasley: Pitched in 2 games, faced 10 batters, hitting .375/.500/.500.

A.J. Cole: Pitched in 3 games. He has a save and a hold 0.00 ERA. In 4.2 innings, batters hit .125/.176/.188 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

He’s looked very good.

On the IL

Rafael Dolis: He might be back tomorrow.

Tommy Milone: I haven’t seen an update on his status in a while.

Ryan Borucki: Likely won’t be on the IL long.

David Phelps: Was moved to the 60-day IL. It will be late July at the very earliest before he’s back.

Anthony Castro: Likely to be out until near the end of the month.

Thomas Hatch: He’s throwing now. He’ll make some starts at Buffalo. They want him ready to start for the Blue Jays.

Patrick Murphy: Pitched a bullpen session. He’ll likely have a rehab assignment in Buffalo sometime soon.

Julian Merryweather: He’s out with an oblique issue. He has been throwing, but he’s on the 60-day IL, so he’s out until Mid-June at least. I’d expect he’ll have a rehab assignment before we see him with the Jays.