So, the Blue Jays did what I hoped they would do at the very least – they finished 4-3 on their recent road trip despite a patched together rotation and being 1 hit by John Lester.
Surprise call up, Chad Jenkins, pitched well and got away with mistakes on Sunday to earn much needed win. By winning Sunday, the Jays won just their second series of the season. Yikes.
Jenkins is now 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA over 37 major league innings. With his outing vs. the Red Sox, he earned another start in my opinion, especially with Josh Johnson and J.A. Happ on the DL and R.A. Dickey and Brandon Morrow pitching with back and neck spasms.
That’s if Morrow pitches. The whole reason Jenkins got the unlikely call up from double-A (Jenkins had only 1 minor league start in the minors this year since he was recovery from a shoulder injury) was because Morrow was unable to go. Morrow originally scheduled to pitch last Friday but had his start bumped out due to back and neck spasms so Ramon Ortiz got the nod. Then on Sunday, Morrow still wasn’t ready so Jenkins got the call up (and took advantage by throwing strikes). Now the Jays are aiming for a Wednesday start from Morrow. My guess is if he misses it, he’ll land on the DL.
If Morrow is able to go Sunday, I actually like our chances to take the 2-game mini series (and 2-game mini home stand) vs. the Giants tomorrow and Wednesday. We have Dickey going tomorrow and hopefully Morrow Wednesday. When on either of these guys can steal a win. Also, it looks like the offence is starting to hit a bit. Forget the game vs. John Lester – he was just unhittable for any team that night – the Jays hitters are really seeing the ball right now and having good at bats.
Happy to see Emilio Bonifacio get a couple starts. We need to give him at bats and get him going. He has too much talent to sit on the bench 3 out of 4 games.
Casey Janssen – what can I say? He’s been the best closer in the American League so far this young season and the Jays only allstar in my opinion.
With our “win 90” count down, the Jays now have to go 75 – 48 in the remaining 123 games. That’s .610 ball. Not impossible, but certainly not easy (especially with the patched up rotation).
Let’s steal two from the Giants!