4-1 (17-24, 5th place)
Ortiz: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 5BB, 1K
Buehrle: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2BB, 5K
Jenkins: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 1BB, 2K
Dickey: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 2BB, 10K
Ortiz: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 1BB, 1K
That’s… wow. 5 starts in which no more than 2 ER were surrendered. That’s impressive, particularly for
Ortiz. It’s about time that someone came out of nowhere to exceed expectations… this season
has, to date, had a lot more disappointments than happy surprises.
The bullpen, after being pretty good for the first 6 weeks, gave up 13 ER in 14 innings. Fortunately, none of that really mattered, because the bats woke up, and several of those runs came while mopping up in blowouts (or while the Jays were being one-hit).
But more importantly, the bats finally woke up! Yeah, things started looking up in Tampa last week, but following the 1-hitter by Lester, the Jays scored 36 runs over the next 4 games. The team is (as of Thursday) up to 8th in the AL in runs scored, 9th in OPS (8th in slugging, but just 13th in OBP). It was a great week for Bautista (1.379 OPS) and Lind (1.283 OPS). Cabrera, Lawrie, Encarnacion and Bonifacio all had OPS scores in the .900-1.000 range, which is very good. Rasmus and Izturis were so-so (OPSs in the .600s) and Arencibia and Kawasaki were bad (sub-.450).
Next: 3 in New York vs the Evils, 3 at home to the Devil Rays, and the first of 4 at home to Baltimore. It’s still too early for these to be ‘crucial’ games, but a 4-3 or 5-2 record would keep the momentum going nicely. Conversely, being swept by either New York or Tampa would put the Jays back to where they were a week ago.