The Toronto Blue Jays Are Hot And Cold
The Toronto Blue Jays were heavy pre season favorites to make a lot of noise in the AL east. Jose Reyes, Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle with 2 no hitters under his belt and Melky Cabrera were all expected to take them deep into the post season.
Injury and poor performances had the Blue Jays 12 games out on June 10th after losing to the 2005 World Series champ Chicago White Sox (sorry it’s all I have shut up!). Then magic struck, an 11 game win streak put them 2 over 500 and only 5 games out. Side note back to back home games each drew 42,000+ fans as well, not too bad eh?
The hitting had improved but the pitching was a great story, that 11 game win streak showed opponents scores of 5,1,0,1,2, 0, 3, 2, 6, 2 and 5. When the pitching is getting it done the offense can relax and do what they do.
The hitting has been up and down. In the last 14 days we have seen much improved slash lines:
Edwin Encarnacion – 11 runs, 4 hr, 12 rbi, .326 avg, .408 obp
J.P. Arencibia – 5 runs, 3 hr, 6 rbi, .297 avg, .350 obp
Adam Lind – 8 runs, 4 hr, 12 rbi, .313 avg, .327 obp
Rajai Davis – 5 runs, 5 sb, .389 avg, .400 obp
We have also seen some less than stellar lines:
Jose Bautista – 8 runs, 2 hr, 8 rbi, .149 avg, .200 obp
Melky Cabrera – 5 runs, 0 hr, 5 rbi, .222 avg, .265 obp
Emilio Bonifacio – 7 runs, 2 rbi, 3 sb, .226 avg, .226 obp
Toronto is 15th in team average, 22nd in team era, and 22nd in errors. In order to be competitive the rule of thumb was always “you need to do 2 things well”. Right now they are kind of doing one thing well, need the pitching to continue to step up for extended success.