BJN Radio – Ep. 44: The brooms come out in The Bronx!

Eight in a row! Let’s go streaking!

That sweep over the Oakland A’s last weekend was great, but, oh boy, what the Blue Jays just did in New York was even better.
The Blue Jays rolled into The Bronx and just plowed through the Yankees, sweeping a four-game set without trailing once in any of the games. It was the first time Toronto had executed a four-game sweep in New York since 2003 and it was the first time the Yankees didn’t lead once in a four-game series since 1908.
Amazing stuff!
We talked about ALL of the good stuff from that series, going from Marcus Semien’s dingers to Vladdy’s bomb off of Aroldis Chapman to Alejandro Kirk’s big game to Hyun Jin Ryu’s masterclass to Jose Berrios’ best start as a Blue Jay. We also took an in-depth look at the schedules remaining for Toronto, New York, and Boston and what to expect the rest of the way.
Finally, I welcomed our good friend from New York, Neil Keefe, on to the show to talk about the Yankee fan perspective of what’s going on. He had a lot of good things to say …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 11: Houston, Nate has a problem

After earning a split in Oakland, the Blue Jays rolled into Houston and dropped two of three against the Astros.

The series started with an ugly outing from Ross Stripling and then concluded with a frustrating outing from Nate Pearson in his 2021 Blue Jays debut. We talked on this week’s podcast about Big Nate’s struggles with command and whether it’s best for him to go down to Triple-A to work them out or whether the team should let him try to sort it by facing big-league competition.
We also talked about the state of the Blue Jays’ decimated bullpen, Cavan Biggio launching a homer in front of his parents, Rowdy Tellez coming back up and doing well at the plate, Danny Jansen regressing to the mean now that Alejandro Kirk is out long-term. Finally, we looked ahead to the series in Atlanta with the Braves.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Springer-less Blue Jays head to Houston

Marcus Semien just had a nice homecoming in Oakland in which the team honoured him with a touching video tribute. This would have been George Springer’s triumphant return to Houston, but he’ll have to wait until next season for his video tribute and ovation from Astros fans as he’s back on the Injured List.

How they’re doing…
The Astros have been a strange team this season. They own a record 16-15 despite sitting in the top third in baseball in both runs per game and runs allowed per game.
Houston kicked their season off with an absolutely dominant four-game sweep of the A’s in Oakland, scoring 35 runs in the process. Since then, though? They’ve had a pretty uninspiring month that featured a whole bunch of losses to some pretty bad teams. The Astros got swept by the Tigers at home and dropped both games in a two-game set to the Rockies in Denver. Most recently, they narrowly avoided getting swept by the struggling Yankees in New York.
The Astros’ offence is firing along just fine, with Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez, and Blue Jays legend Michael Brantley carrying the load, and every member of their …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays swept out of Los Angeles after frustrating stretch

Hoping to build off a solid set against Oakland at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays (14-17) headed west to face off against Mike Trout and the Angels (15-17) in a midweek series in Anaheim. Unfortunately for them, they were embarrassed throughout the majority of the series and left town with a trio of losses.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from a disappointing week in California:
The Good
Relievers Daniel Hudson (1.0 IP, 0 ER, H), Elvis Luciano (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, SO), and Ken Giles (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, SO) were sound on the mound, while Joe Biagini (1.0 IP, SO, 0 H, 0 R) continued to throw the ball well.
On the offensive side of things, Rowdy Tellez (4-for-7, HR, RBI, 2B) contributed valiantly, with Randal Grichuk (3-for-8, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) also getting in on the action
Clay Buchholz (5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) was decent in his outing, though the starting pitchers as a unit were not dependable enough throughout.
The Bad
Teoscar Hernandez (0-for-7, 3 SO, 0 TB) had a dreadful series, as did Brandon Drury (1-for-8, 2B, 5 SO), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (0-for-4, 2 SO), and Freddy Galvis (0-for-9, 4 SO, 0 TB). Billy McKinney (0-for-5, 2 SO, 0 TB) also scuffled in limited …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Navigating the injuries to the starting rotation

The Blue Jays’ sweep of the Oakland Athletics over the weekend was overshadowed by the fact two of their starting pitchers went down with injuries.

In 2012-esque fashion when Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison had their seasons ended within days of one another, Matt Shoemaker was shut down for the year with a torn ACL and Aaron Sanchez’s finger issues flares up again. We don’t yet know the severity of Sanchez’s broken middle fingernail, but, given the way things have gone for him the past two seasons, there’s some reason for worry.

Charlie Montoyo hopeful Aaron Sanchez won’t miss a start #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 21, 2019

In the short term, Clay Buchholz and Trent Thornton are slated to start Tuesday and Wednesday against San Fransisco. The Jays then have an off-day on Thursday before a three-game weekend series against Oakland. Marcus Stroman would be scheduled for the Friday game, then Saturday and Sunday are Shoemaker and Sanchez’s turns in the rotation. The Jays have three off days coming up in the next week, so they could feasibly use Thomas Pannone and Sam Gaviglio on those two days, giving Sanchez a full week off to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Ugh, Aaron Sanchez is dealing with finger issues again

The Blue Jays hung on to beat Oakland 5-4 this afternoon, completing their first sweep of the season. Unfortunately, the win was overshadowed as yet another pitcher left the game with an injury. Party like it’s 2012!

Aaron Sanchez left the game with a broken fingernail on his right middle finger #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 21, 2019

Some Sanchez stuff in here from last September. A reminder in it: Sanchez had a procedure to have some of the same nail as is now broke removed in 2017, and it was compensating for not having the nail that led to a season-ending finger ligament injury. https://t.co/3n0Hz0AqBT
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) April 21, 2019

Yikes. The exact thing we didn’t want to hear when Sanchez left the game. Sanchez, as we know, has dealt with finger issues for the last two seasons.
Other notes from today’s game…
Beyond Sanchez getting hurt, Freddy Galvis was also removed with two outs in the ninth inning after he hurt himself diving for a ground ball up the middle. Galvis stayed in for a couple of batters, but he was noticeably nursing the back of his leg. Charlie Montoyo brought Richard Urena in as …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation