JAYS FROM THE COUCH BRINGS YOU THE LATEST TORONTO BLUE JAYS NEWS & LINKS. THIS EDITION: TRAVIS, MARTIN, LATOS, AND MORE!
The Toronto Blue Jays are back at home for a nine game home stand and they opened things up with a great 4-2 victory against the Cleveland Indians in last night’s game. Marcus Stroman bounced back nicely from his tough outing in New York, while Ryan Goins and Justin Smoak would come through for the offense. The Blue Jays are slowly beginning to crawl their way out of the hole they dug themselves into early this year so this is a good time for us to look at some of the news and articles from around the web.
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The Blue Jays got another really rough piece of injury news yesterday, when Sportsnets Shi Davidi reported the Blue Jays were placing everyday catcher Russell Martin on the 10-day disabled list, with a nerve issue in his left shoulder. This is an injury that started in Spring Training, but was re-aggravated with a collision at the plate with Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Tim Beckham. The Blue Jays have called up Mike Ohlman from triple-A Buffalo, who will backup Luke Maile, and have designated right hand pitcher Casey Lawrence, to make room on the 40-man roster. This injury news only adds to the Blue Jays early season injury woes, where Martin joins Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ on the disabled list.
In more roster news, MLB Trade Rumors reports that Mat Latos has cleared outright waivers, opting to return to triple-A Buffalo. Latos was called up to the big league roster last month. He started three games, pitching 15 innings, but was roughed up in his last outing against the Yankees, giving up seven earned runs in four innings pitched. Latos was designated for assignment last week, when the Blue Jays claimed Cesar Valdez off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.
Jays from the Couch’s very own Jeff Quattrociocchi, wrote a great piece comparing the offensive and defensive impact of the two Blue Jays second basemen, Devon Travis, and Ryan Goins. Many fans have been upset with Travis’ offensive/defensive output this season, and want Goins to start playing everyday. Jeff makes the case that the eye test isn’t telling us the whole story here. Goins is by far the inferior second basemen offensively, and Travis isn’t that bad of a defender as some may think.
Our friends over at Clutchlings, profiled Dunedin Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen who is having a really nice start to the season down in Florida. Jansen hit a pair of home runs in Sunday’s game, which adds to his jaw dropping .394 batting average. The 2013 draft pick has bounced back this season, after three consecutive injury riddled seasons. He attributes some of his success this year to the new sport glasses he’s started using last fall – “I started wearing them after the season last year into the fall. They are fantastic I was never good at putting eye drops in my eyes and I tried contacts but they weren’t for me, so I stuck with the glasses.”
Over at BP Toronto, Joshua Howsam dives deep into the Pitch F/X on Joe Biagini’s first big league start this past weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays. Biagini was very impressive in his first start, pitching 4.0 innings, with zero unearned runs. The article shows that Biagini’s pitches transitioned nicely from reliever to starter, without a big drop off in velocity or any substantial movement changes, allowing Biagini to continue to confuse batters just like he’s done out of the pen in big situations this year. It looks like Biagini will be making another start this week,and lets hope it’s something similar to what we saw on the weekend.
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