Every Monday during the 2017 season, 500 Level Fan will take a look back at the week that was, giving readers a snapshot of all things Blue Jays, including three top stories and the Blue Jay player of the week.
This is what happened in week 4.
Week 4: April 24 – April 30
Record: 3 – 4
Season-to-date: 8 – 17
AL East: 5th, 8 games behind Baltimore/New York
Wild Card: 6 games behind Chicago
For the first time in 2017 the Blue Jays are on a winning streak! After coming back in the 8th inning yesterday to defeat the Rays 3-1, Toronto has now won consecutive games for the first time since the 2016 ALDS against Texas. Yes, the overall numbers still look ugly, but as somebody said on Twitter yesterday, you can’t win 10 straight without winning the first two. Also along those lines, while it certainly is discouraging to see the Jays with a .320 winning percentage, you can’t reach the .500 mark without first reaching .350, .400. and .450. In keeping with the baby steps theme I wrote about last week, the Jays are slowly turning things around. With yesterday’s win they moved ahead of Kansas City and out of dead last in the AL, and also clawed to within 3.5 of the Rays for 4th in the East. Hey – it’s better than nothing.
- Feast or Famine in Relief
If you like rollercoasters, and up-and-down thrill rides, then the Blue Jays bullpen is the thing for you! Seriously, what a week! On Monday, three relievers combined to pitch 2.2 perfect innings in a 2-1 loss. That was followed up by a pathetic performance on Tuesday and Thursday’s first doubleheader game, with Toronto RP combining for 11 earned runs, 17 hits, 3 walks, and 3 blown saves. After a decent performance in the back-end of the doubleheader, Grilli and Leone allowed 5 runs on 3 HR to blow another game on Friday. Then from seemingly out of nowhere the relief corps turned in a lights out weekend, allowing only 1 run in 12 innings of work, highlighted by a dominant performance by Tepera after Aaron Sanchez was forced to leave after a single inning. Will the hearts of Jays fans be able to take this for another 137 games?
Even if the Jays lose every game the rest of the way, we will always have this:
Player of the Week
Russell Martin, C
Turning his season around in a big way: 7 for 17, 3 BB. 1 2B, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .412 / .524 / .824 / 1.347
Down on the Farm
A look at how the minor league affiliates are doing
AAA – Buffalo: 14 – 8, 1st place
AA – New Hampshire: 8 – 14, 6th place, 6 GB
A+ – Dunedin: First Half: 13 – 11, T-3rd place, 3 GB
A – Lansing: First Half: 13 -10, 4th place, 1.5 GB
A (Short Season) – Vancouver: season not started
The Look Ahead
Another tough AL East slate.
May 1 – 3 at New York
May 5 – 7 at Tampa Bay