JAYS FROM THE COUCH CONTINUES TO BRING YOU THE BLUE JAYS PITCHER AND HITTER OF THE WEEK, INCLUDING THE FAN VOTE.
The Blue Jays are back from the All-Star break, and already are in full swing to make a stretch run into the second half of the season. Another congratulations to Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Michael Saunders, Marco Estrada, and Aaron Sanchez for representing the Blue Jays and Canada in this year’s All-Star game in San Diego.
Since coming back from the break, the Blue Jays have performed slowly out of the gate. The Blue Jays would start the second half on a west coast road trip against the Athletics. The Blue Jays were only able to come away with one win, losing the other two games in close contests. It was then onto Arizona for a quick two game series, which the Blue Jays would sweep on the backs of some great starting pitching performances. Then back home against the Mariners, the Blue Jays would again struggle in the first two games, but it was J.A. Happ who would stop the sweep, winning the third and final game of the series. With more than a full week of baseball already been played, it’s time for player of the week.
Hitter of the Week – Josh Donaldson .281/.378/.469, 9H, 1HR, 7RBI
If this wasn’t already made official, Josh Donaldson has not only returned to his MVP form, but he may have exceeded it. Since coming back from the break, Donaldson has hit .281, while driving in 7 runs. He continues to produce in clutch situations, like driving in the go ahead run against the Athletics, or adding insurance runs by driving in Josh Thole in the final game against the Mariners. It always seems as though Donaldson performs his best when his team needs him most. Something that can’t go unnoticed, is his work in the field this season. He has even improved his play defensively this season, with a UZR/150 differential of plus five from this year to last, and in roughly 600 fewer innings this year, and he has a third of the errors as he had last year.
In fielding plays with a 10%-40% chance of recording an out. This season, Josh Donaldson has recorded 80% of these plays as outs.
— Spencer (@Spenred) July 22, 2016
Pitcher of the Week – Aaron Sanchez 7.0IP, 6H, 1ER, 0BB, 5SO
Aaron Sanchez continued his breakout year, with another great pitching performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In that start, Sanchez would only allow one run in seven innings pitched. It seems as though there is no chance Sanchez will slow down anytime during this season. He continues to produce great outings every fifth day, and his appearance in the All-Star game justifies how good he has been this year. With continuous talks of an innings limit on his time as a starter looming over every Blue Jays fan, rest assured, no matter what role Sanchez serves on this team, he will produce anywhere.
Honorable Mention – Marcus Stroman 12.2IP, 17H, 7ER, 1BB, 11SO
Stroman certainly has had an up and down year, and this week perfectly summed almost his entire season. In his start against the Oakland Athletics, Stroman had one of his worst starts to the year, giving up 6ER in 4.2 innings, and allowing three home runs in the process. But he would rebound quickly in his next start, giving the Blue Jays one of his best starts of the year, only allowing one run to cross the plate, in eight innings of work. Although Stroman’s season has been shaky, the glimpses of greatness that he has shown us this year and in years past, gives a bright outlook on the kind of player he can be.
Fan Vote – Marcus Stroman 12.2IP, 17H, 7ER, 1BB, 11SO
This was a close one, but the votes are in! Marcus Stroman is your Post All-Star break player of the “week”. His start against the Diamondbacks was brilliant, and let’s hope he can keep it up this coming weekend against our division foe Baltimore Orioles. Thanks again to everyone who voted in this weeks poll. For anyone who didn’t have their say, you can vote in next weeks poll on Twitter, after the games on Sunday.
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— Spencer (@Spenred) July 24, 2016
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Spencer Redmond is a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His loves in life are the NBA, MLB, Stats, and his dog Parker.