“This Week in the Jays Nest” is a Toronto Blue Jays weekly recap that will be posted once a week on the Alyssa Cohen MLB Blog. It will feature the highlights of the past weeks Toronto Blue Jays baseball games, injury updates, roster updates and a question of the week.
I know what you’re thinking (unless you are not one of the negative people in the Jays-osphere). “AHHHHHH! The Jays have started the season 1-5, one of their worst starts in franchise history. Trade Donaldson, Trade Morales, FIRE SHAPIRO AND ATKINS!!” But I am here to tell you that it is just too early to worry right now.
- Unlike what I had previously written about (and anticipated), the Jays released Melvin Upton Jr. and decided to keep Ryan Goins on the 25-man roster. While Goins is a great defensive utility player, his lack of offence may come to hurt the Blue Jays. Upton definitely did not have a great offensive season once he was traded to the Jays, but he did hit 20 home runs. Will picking Goins over Upton hurt the Jays in the long run? We will have to wait to find out.
- Mike Bolsinger (acquired from the Dodgers for Jesse Chavez during the 2016 trade deadline) was DFA’d (Designated For Assignment). He has since cleared waivers and is now pitching in AAA Buffalo (Bisons).
- Gavin Floyd was released from the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Last spring training, he was fighting for the fifth spot in the starting rotation up against Aaron Sanchez. After starting the season in the bullpen, he became injured after tearing his right lat muscle. While he was only scheduled to miss 8-12 weeks, he ended up staying on the DL (disabled list) for the rest of the 2016 season. In January (2017), the Jays signed him to a minor league contract, but last week he was released.
- After a rough appearance in the first week of the season, JP Howell was put on the 10-day DL due to a sore shoulder.
- Roberto Osuna has been put on the 10-day DL, Jason Grilli will be the closer for the week.
Games Played This Week:
April 3, 2017 – Jays (2) @ Orioles (3)
After a disappointing spring training record, the Toronto Blue Jays looked to take on the Baltimore Orioles for the season opener. While the home opener does not start until April 11, there were a lot of Jays fans showing their support for our team! The Jays offence looked good at the beginning, but not so well nearing the end of the game. The Jays lost in extra innings, due to a walk off home run from Mark Trumbo, off of Jason Grilli.
April 5, 2017 – Jays (1) @ Orioles (3)
A quality start was performed in J.A. Happ’s first outing of the season, but the Blue Jays had major trouble with RISP. They loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but came away without any runs, just a loss. On the bright side, Superman (AKA Kevin Pillar) made a spectacular catch!
April 6, 2017 – Jays (5) @ Rays (2)
YAY, the Jays first win of the season! The newest Blue Jays slugger, Kendrys Morales, hit a no-doubt 444 ft. grand slam, which gave the Jays a 4-0 lead in the third. Stroman was exceptional during his first outing of the season, giving up just one run in the seventh inning.
April 7, 2017 – Jays (8) @ Rays (10)
After the Jays started the game with a 2-0 lead, all fans thought that Fransisco Liriano would be able to keep the score at that. Unfortunately, he gave up five runs in the bottom of the first and threw 35 pitches in one third of an inning. While the Jays kept threatening, the Rays were ultimately the better team.
April 8, 2017 – Jays (2) @ Rays (3)
The Jays were looking to take the lead in the series against the Rays, and with Aaron Sanchez on the mound, we were hopeful that they would. The game started off as a pitchers dual, and was practically one all the way until the final out. The Jays lost in extra innings for the second time this season, due to loading up the bases (via two intentional walks) for Brad Miller, who took ball four and won the game for the Rays.
April 9, 2017 – Jays (2) @ Rays (7)
The majority of the offence came from Donaldson’s first homer of the season, but sadly the Rays offence was much better. The Jays dropped their fifth loss in six games.
Question of the Week:
Since the Toronto Blue Jays have been playoff contenders for the past two seasons, many new fans are gaining concern too easily and way too early. New fans only know the Blue Jays as a playoff team, and the Jays won’t be one every season. They are generally known as a slugging team, and when the offence is quiet, it is very out of character for the Jays. 162 games is a long season for any sport, especially baseball.
Well, wasn’t that an interesting week? The Toronto Blue Jays have started off the season 1-5, but there are still 156 games left to lead the American League East.
A good team loses 60-70 games every season, so the panic button should not be pushed yet.