Some will call it the worst week of the 2012 season.
I might go ahead and call it the worst week the franchise has seen in a number of years.
It started with news on Tuesday that Brett Lawrie had a setback in rehab and might miss the remainder of the season. It ended on Saturday when Jose Bautista, fresh off returning from the DL, went right back on it after re-aggravating his wrist injury. There is a good chance that he will miss the remainder of the season as well.
And in between those pieces of bad news, the team lost all five games it played, stretching the latest losing streak to seven, and dropping to 5 – 18 in August.
When the best news of the week was that a rain out saved us from being swept in Baltimore, you know things aren’t going well.
Here are three things from week 21:
Week 21: August 20 - August 26
Record: 0 – 5
1. Edwin For Life!
Even in the week of doom and gloom, the one man who has been carrying the team all year was still going strong. Even during this recent stretch where nobody on the Jays is producing, when the team is struggling to score runs, and when the losses are piling up, Edwin is dominating.
Last week in five games, Encarnacion hit .368, with a 1.349 OPS, 3 HR, and 6 RBI. That means that Edwin drove in 46% of Toronto’s runs (6 of 13), and scored 38% of them (5 of 13). Incredible.
Big EE now has 34 HR and 88 RBI on the season, both easily career highs. He is third in the AL in home runs, four back of Adam Dunn, and his .963 OPS is also good for third (Mike Trout leads with a .986 OPS). Just for good measure, Edwin is also 5th in RBI, 6th in OBP, 4th in SLG, 3rd in Offensive WAR, and even, just for kicks, ranks 25th in the AL in stolen bases with 13.
The man can do it all.
2. Welcome Back Brandon
4.2 IP. 2 ER. 1 BB. 6 H. 7 K. Loss.
It wasn’t the greatest game of Brandon Morrow’s tenure with the Blue Jays, but it didn’t really matter. Just seeing him back on the mound on Saturday was enough to bring a smile to the face of Jays fans. After missing 126 days due to injury, 126 days in which the Jays fell from playoff contender to first overall pick contender, in which it seemed that every player on the roster followed his lead and missed at least a few games, he returned and brought with a little bit of normalcy. A little bit of “what could have been.”
As I said, 4.2 IP wasn’t the kind of re-debut he wanted to make, but he held his own and limited the damage. His control was good, as he only issued on walk, and his season ERA now sits at a very solid 3.06. There isn’t much left to root for in this lost season, but seeing Brandon post a sub 3.00 ERA would be special.
With at least five starts left, let’s hope he can pull it off.
3. Colby’s Cornrows
Not sure whether to laugh or cry.