Jays From the Couch follow the Blue Jays Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays starting pitchers with highlights from the past 5 days
The Dunedin Blue Jays are currently 2.5 games back of the Tampa Yankees for first in the Florida State League North division. The D-Jays rotation is adjusting to the loss of Ryan Borucki to a promotion and Angel Perdomo to injury. T.J. Zeuch is rehabbing with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in Dunedin after landing on the disabled list back on June 5th.
The D-Jays are playing well, winning 8 of their previous 10 and own the best home record in the FSL with 20 wins and just 3 losses.
Making just his third start with the D-Jays, Straka picked up his second win with 6 strong innings over the Daytona Tortugas. John Straka allowed 4 runs on 9 hits while striking out 5. He did not allow a walk but did allow 2 doubles and uncorked a wild pitch.
This had the makings of an early shower for the 27-yr-old after allowing a first inning run off a double and single. Straka was able to get out of the inning and retired the next eight batters. Other than a pair of singles in the 4th, John Straka cruised through the Tortugas’ line up.
The wheels fell off in the 6th when 3 runs came across. Leadoff double, wild pitch, single, double, ground out to score a run, single, strike out, single, and strike out.
Straka finished with 11 ground outs versus 1 fly out and threw 62-of-93 pitches for strikes.
Last 10- 3-3, 5.14ERA. Straka has only appeared in 6 games in 2017. After a couple rough outings in New Hampshire, he was sent to Dunedin where he has handled FSL batters much better. It looks like he will be able to eat up some innings for the D-Jays in August as he has pitched 5, 6, and 6 in his three starts since joining the club.
Tayler Saucedo (ND)
The offense bailed him in this one, allowing him to get away with an ND.
Tayler Saucedo allowed a single and a HBP in the first but got the Tortugas in order in the 2nd. With the D-Jays up 4-0 heading into the 3rd, Tayler has nice cushion; unfortunately, he wouldn’t make it out of the 3rd after allowing 4 runs.
Saucedo finished with a line of 2.2IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, a BB, and 2 K on 31-54 pitches, a HBP, 2 doubles, and 4-0 GO-AO.
Last 10- The D-Jays swingman longest outing came on August 1st when he spun 6 strong innings and allowed just one run. He has made 6 starts in his last 10.
Conor Fisk (W)
Fisk looked like he’d struggle with the BB in this one. He issues 3 BB in the game, with one in the 1st and two in the 2nd. Fisk allowed the first 3 batters of the 2nd inning to reach base (BB, BB, and E). The next batter grounded to Fisk who started a double with a nice grab and feed to get the runner at the plate and Michael De La Cruz went to first for the second out. Fisk got another ground ball and was out of the inning.
Fisk allowed 3 runs to cross in the 3rd, which included a 2-run home run.
Other than the 3rd, Fisk was effective in earning his 7th win on 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 BB, and 3K. He threw 62-of-92 pitches for strikes and induced 11 ground outs.
Last 10- 4-2, 3.36 ERA. The D-Jays IP leader failed to go at least 5 innings just once in the last 10. He has allowed less than a hit per inning with 50 hits allowed in 59.0 IP.
Josh DeGraaf (W)
DeGraaf has now gone two starts without allowing a run. He improved to 6-1 with the D-Jays with 7 shutout innings. He walked one and struck out 6 while allowing 4 hits.
Josh posted an impressive 78 game score. DeGraaf threw 56-of-84 pitches for strikes and finished with 3-5 GO-AO and didn’t allow any extra base hits.
Last 10- 5-1, 1.84ERA. Ya, pretty impressive. The reliever turned starter is cruising. He has 40 strike outs over past 53.2IP.
Jordan Romano (W)
The D-Jays ACE has struggled over his last couple starts but looked pretty good in this one. He improved to 6-5 throwing 5 shutout innings for the win.
Romano held the Stone Crabs to just 3 hits while walking one and striking out two. He threw 40 of 63 pitches for strikes and induced 2-5 GO-AO for a 64 game score.
Looks like they are limiting his innings with a pitch count in the 60’s and a 1-2-3 5th.
Last 10- 3-4, 4.25ERA. Romano has pitched beyond the 5th in his last 5 starts and has allowed 53 hits in 48.2 IP. Despite being a flyball pitcher, Romano has only allowed one HR in 114.2IP.
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