Oof. That was a tough one.
After back-to-back series wins against Tampa Bay and Texas, the Jays welcomed the Worst Team in Professional Sports (AKA the Boston Red Sox) to Toronto for a four game series, looking to draw closer to first place and to drop Boston further in the cellar.
Instead, the WTIPS took three of four, to somehow cling to life this season.
It’s a disappointment, no doubt about it. But it’s not the end of the world. The Jays always struggle against Clay Buchholz, so Monday’s loss is understandable. Marco Estrada was likely due for a bad outing after throwing so many pitches in past two starts, so we can forgive Tuesday.
And instead of being bummed out about last night’s clunker, I think we should be excited about it. Everybody is due for a bad game once in a while, and it just so happened that most of the Blue Jays got their bad game out of the way last night at the same time. This is a good thing. Here’s why:
– Steve Delabar allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 0.2 IP. That is a terrible performance, but it is much better to have that happen in the 7th inning when down by four than in the 8th inning with a two run lead. Right? Right.
– Roberto Osuna allowed a rare run, but as with Delabar wouldn’t you rather he give up a run to make it 12-4 than to blow a one run lead in the 9th? Thought so.
– Chris Colabello had a tough game, twice leaving the bases loaded and bungling several plays at 1B. But again, he was due for some regression, so might as well get it out of the way in a laugher.
– The fifth starter (Matt Boyd) was absolutely shelled, and Jose Reyes went 0-for-6 and stranded 9 runners. But wouldn’t you…uh…um…nevermind. There’s no sugar coating those performances.
So pick your heads up Jays fans. A bad game was coming at some point, and to have basically the entire team suck at the same time is a much better outcome than having one or two suck for several games straight. That is how a team loses multiple games in a row.
Now it’s time to crush the Tigers.