I’m tired of losing. Even more so, I’m tired of losing to John Farrell’s Red Sox.
Last night the Blue Jays dropped another game to lower their record to 10 – 19. That’s the 27th of 30 MLB teams. Only the Houston Astros are worse in the American League.
I never expect to win a game when our starting pitcher walks 7 batters. It rarely happens. But with all the walks (10 in total) allowed to Red Sox hitters, the Jays only surrendered 3 runs and definitely had a chance to win.
Edwin Encarnacion came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. He’s been making solid contact for the past two weeks and really hitting it hard every time he puts it in play. On a 2-0 pitch, he rolled over on a slider and grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Adam Lind came to the plate with two out and the bases loaded later in the game. He has been seeing the ball as well as any Blue Jay lately (11 walks in his past 9 games). He worked the count full and then struck out on a fastball at the letters.
So the offence had its chance. Bad start for J.A. Happ? Definitely. He couldn’t command anything. But the staff gave us a chance to win last night and the offence, yet again, let us down.
This next comment might sound a bit like I’m just bitter and looking for excuses for the Jays – I’m not. They have played horrible baseball and deserve their record. I really think they will go on a run, but they deserve to be 10 – 19 with the way they’ve played so far. So keeping in mind this is not an excuse….what the hell was up with home plate umpire Gary Darling last night? His strike zone was inconsistent to say the least. He gave Ryan Dempster so many pitches off the outside corner, which I’m totally fine with if it was going both ways – but it wasn’t, and poor Happ couldn’t get a call when he was on the plate. It was downright ridiculous. Now, this umpiring did not lose the Jays the game. The lack of clutch hitting lost them the game. But you have to wonder if all the previous whining about balls and strikes over the past couple seasons is catching up with the Jays with umpires around the league.
On a positive note, only Brett Lawrie complained last night. Usually it’s Lawrie, Jose Bautista, J.P. Arencibia, and the list goes on. I’m happy Bautista has shut his trap the last couple games. You have to think John Gibbons had a private conversation with him about it.
This is going to sound weird to some since the offence sucked again last night, but I think they are really close to breaking out. The at bats are getting much better. It was rare that they chased and it really looks like most guys are starting to see the ball well. The only two that looked lost at the plate were Melky Cabrera and Emilio Bonifacio. Cabrera is in a funk and Gibbons has now moved him back to the 2-hole where he is certain to see pitches while hitting in front of Bautista – thank you Gibbons (you should have never moved him). And Bonifacio just isn’t getting enough consistent at bats, so it’s tough. He should be starting nearly every night and Munenori Kawasaki should be on the bench to spell Bonifacio and Maicer Izturis when they need a night off or to come in for Bonifacio as a defensive replacement late in a game if the Jays have the lead. How many times do I need to say this?
And Gibbons, I really do like you as a manager and don’t want to see you go (despite what some of the fan base is saying), but how can you not pinch hit for Kawasaki in the bottom of the 9th when he represents the tying run at the plate? Really? Mark DeRosa was available. Hell, even Maicer Izturis has more pop than Kawasaki. Just a bizarre decision to pinch hit for Bonifacio with Rajai Davis and not pinch hit for Kawasaki when he represented the tying run.
I realize it sounds like I really don’t like Kawasaki but I actually do. I just don’t like him as a starter or at the plate representing the tying run in the 9th inning.
Let’s hope Ricky Romero’s new mechanics can hold up tonight vs. Felix Hernandez. And let’s hope the bats come alive.