So much for winning in September.
The Jays, with a makeshift lineup and simply playing out the stretch, looked lost and disinterested in a week 24 drubbing.
They were crushed by Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo in a sweep
by the Angels, and then were demolished by Chris Davis in losing two of three to the Orioles.
Toronto wakes up this morning with 12 games remaining – all against the AL East. Though there once again is no meaningful September baseball for the Blue Jays, the team will be involved in some very meaningful games for the Yankees, Orioles, and Rays.
Time to see if the Jays have any interest in ruining their rivals seasons, the way they ended Toronto’s.
Here are three things from week 24:
Week 25: September 9 – September 15
Record: 1 – 5
1. Mike & Mark
If the Angels are ever looking for a name change, perhaps the Los Angeles M&M’s of Anaheim might work. At least when they play in Toronto…
In a three game sweep last week, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo absolutely obliterated the Toronto Blue Jays. Trumbo did the most damage on Tuesday night, going 5 for 5 with 3 doubles, a home run, 2 RBI, and 5 runs scored. In total, Trumbo was 7 for 12 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, and 3 2B in the three game series.
Trout didn’t hit as well, but he still toyed with Jays pitching, reaching base 6 times in all – 4 by walk. He came around to score 4 runs as well. Blue Jay pitchers had no answer for him.
In all, the two sluggers combined for a 1.382 OPS in Toronto. Probably for the best that we won’t see them again until 2014.
2. Sierra Shining
Of all the kids that have been called up in the month of September, Sierra is one of the most curious. He finished out the stretch with the big club in 2012, but didn’t make a lasting impression. He is clearly behind Anthony Gose on the OF depth chart, and the fact that Kevin Pillar was brought up before him might signal that Sierra is ever further down the list.
But that doesn’t seem to matter to Moises. In 23 games since being recalled, he is hitting .324 with a .947 OPS, 1 HR, 11 RBI, and a stolen base. He also sports a 0.8 WAR, which might not seem like much, but puts him ahead of J.P. Arencibia, Emilio Bonifacio, Mark DeRosa, Melky Cabrera, Josh Thole, and Maicer Izturis. Again – he’s only played 23 games.
There’s no telling where Sierra will fit in – or even IF he will fit in – in 2014, what with Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, Rajai Davis, and Melky Cabrera already on the big league roster. But he is showing that he at least wants to be considered.
3. The Quest for 200
Mark Buehrle has pitched at least 200 innings in 12 consecutive seasons. Many baseball experts predicted that this would be the year that his streak would end. They pointed to the fact that he is now 34 years old, and on the downside of his career. They pointed to the fact that he was moving to the AL East, a division that he has historically struggled against. They pointed to the fact that he would be distracted off the field, with Ontario not allowing him to bring his dogs with him. After he got off to a terrible start, it seemed all but assured that he would miss the mark.
But even after making two poor starts last week (4 innings vs. LA, 5 innings vs BAL) it seems like a lock that Buehrle will reach the magical mark.
He currently sits at 194.1 IP, and with at least two more starts to go, will need to have a disaster of a fnish to miss out on the threshold.
It’s been a very long and hard season for the Jays, but if Buehrle reaches 200 IP, it will give the Jays two 200 IP starters for the first time in a very long time. Progress.