Due to a high level of tiredness from Tuesday night’s game (which resulted in multiple beers and a very late bed time), I decided to skip last night’s game
and watch from my couch.
Turned out to be a good move.
The Jays didn’t just lose the game. They were destroyed. Completely and utterly destroyed. The ten run loss was the largest of this young season (by far) and the largest since September 13 of last year.
There some good things that happened, if you’re a glass-full kind of guy. Jose Bautista continued to rebound from his brutal start with a 1 for 3 game that included two walks. His OPS is now up to .783. Edwin Encarnacion (from now on referred to as EFMEE – Everybody’s Favourite Man Edwin Encarnacion), had two more hits to raise his average to .283. Brett Lawrie stretched his hitting streak to five straight games, and Yunel Escobar spanked four hits and is now 7 for his past 14 at-bats.
Yes Carlos Villanueva had a rough day, but it was his first appearance since the opening series in Cleveland, and let’s be honest: I would rather a reliever come into the game and allow six runs in the ninth when we’re already down by four than a reliever allow six when we’re up by four. A loss is a loss – who cares by how much.
If there was anything troubling about last night it’s this: Brandon Morrow looked bad. 6 IP, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 HR, and only 2 K. He has three starts so far in 2012 – one good, one decent, and one bad. His ERA, WHIP, and BB/9 ratios are all better than they were in 2011 thus far, but unfortunately his K/9 is substantially worse, and he has allowed a league worst 6 HR.
It is early, and I still believe that Morrow will put it all together this year. But for a guy who has struggled with consistency in his career, that is not the kind of trend we want to see.
Looking at the pitching matchups in advance of the series and seeing career Blue Jay killer David Price slated to start last night, I think most people expected that if the Jays were going to lose a game in the series it would be that one . Well, they did.
Now- let’s move on. First place awaits.