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Every Monday during the 2018 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 8.
- Wheels Are Coming Off
That was ugly. After such a promising start to the season, the Jays have fallen on hard times recently, culminating in an ugly, depressing, and terrible week. Toronto went 1-5 last week, dipping below the .500 mark and throwing away any good faith and hope that had accumulated in the season’s first month-and-a-half. It wasn’t the fact that the Jays lost five-of-six that made the week so bad; it was how they lost. They were obliterated by the Mets once and the A’s twice. They were completely shut down by a cast of five Oakland relievers on Friday. And they blew a 4-0 lead in the 8th inning on Saturday in one of the most demoralizing losses of the year to date. It was awfully tough to find anything that went well. The starting pitching was bad, the bullpen was terrible, and the offense (aside from one game in New York) was non-existent. In one week the Jays went from playoff hopefuls to a team whose season appears to be slipping away.
- Have a Day J.A.!
If there was one silver lining to last week’s disaster it’s that J.A. Happ continues to shine. The lefty was responsible for Toronto’s lone win last week, pitching a gem against the Mets in New York. Happ went 7 innings, allowed only two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out 10. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate and drew a walk, giving him an outrageous 1.417 OPS! By Game Score, it was Happ’s best performance of the season, and was especially good to see after he was roughed up in his previous start. His ERA now sits at 4.15 and he is (sadly) the lone Jays starter that is currently inspiring any confidence.
- 0.00 ERA
He’s hitting .163 with a .527 OPS and a -0.8 WAR. But no matter what ends up happening to Kendrys Morales, nobody can ever take away his 0.00 ERA.
Player of the Week
J.A. Happ, SP
1 Start, 1-0, 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 10 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.29 WHIP
Down on the Farm
A look at how the minor league affiliates are doing
Reminder: Better Days Are Ahead
Stats as at May 20 (AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
The Look Ahead
May 22 – 24 vs. Los Angeles Angels
May 25 – 27 at Philadelphia Phillies