Jays From the Couch presents some news & notes on the Toronto Blue Jays, including Stroman, Tepera, Barnes and Bautista
Rather than attempt to force a few ideas into long winded, wasteful posts of their own, Jays From the Couch presents a collection of observations on recent events and situations involving the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Marcus Stroman took a line drive off the right arm, which of course is the one he throws with. It was an ugly shot and a scary few minutes as he was lying on the ground in obvious pain.
Stroman just got nailed with a 107.5 MPH Mark Trumbo screamer pic.twitter.com/I4kcMlIkto
— BP Toronto (@BProToronto) September 2, 2017
In true Stroman fashion, he got up and wanted to stay in the game. He was seen on camera saying “Let me throw one pitch”, pleading his case to acting manager, DeMarlo Hale. It did not work. He was taken out of the game promptly.
From the Blue Jays on Marcus Stroman: right elbow contusion, precautionary x-rays were negative. Listed as day-to-day.
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) September 3, 2017
Stroman on Trumbo's line drive that hit him: "It felt like my arm exploded." There's swelling, but he'll lobby to start Wednesday or Friday.
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) September 3, 2017
Whether his lobbying works remains to be seen, but it is difficult to imagine him being ready when his turn comes up in the rotation. Even if he is fine, one would have to think that he misses his next start. 107.5 mph hitting your pitching elbow? Yeah, take a week off, there bud.
There is no reason, other than pride, to rush Stroman back to the mound. The team is out of contention. Throwing in call ups to scrape together a start is not exactly the end of the world. There is not a tremendous amount of pitching depth with this team, but there is enough to give Stroman a start off.
Speaking of pitching, we need to give a giant shout out to the bullpen, who came up huge after Stroman was removed from the game. Matt Dermody, Luis Santos, Dominic Leone and Tim Mayza combined for 7.1 innings of beautiful work. Santos, a recent call up, gave up a solo home run and Mayza gave up an inconsequential run in the 9th.
It was an effort that we really couldn’t say we expected. The Blue Jays’ group of relievers have been hit or miss throughout the season. That is to say, the group outside of Ryan Tepera and Danny Barnes, have been inconsistent. But, these two cannot be asked to pitch every single game, so the team needs to be able to trust the rest of the ‘pen.
Tepera has accumulated 67 innings of work, which marks his highest inning total since 2013, in AA. His 13 holds is by far his highest mark, as are his 70 strike outs. His 1.13 WHIP is also the lowest of his career. He’s put up 0.9 fWAR. Barnes has seen 57.2 innings of work, which is his highest since AA in 2015 where he totaled 60 IP. Tepera is under team control until 2022, and not eligible for arbitration until the 2019 season. Barnes has two more years before his arbitration and won’t be a free agent until 2023.
Having two reliable relievers to go with Roberto Osuna make next season hopeful, but we have seen just how many arms go into getting through a season. We have also seen that the bullpen is something that the Blue Jays haven’t been able to solidify over the last couple of years. Heading into the offseason, they will have their work cut out for them again. While there are some exciting young arms that could get looks, it remains to be seen whether the club trusts them enough to spend elsewhere this winter.
Previously, Jays From the Couch explored the idea of the Blue Jays moving on from Jose Bautista. Surprisingly, this was received with mixed reviews. There is a section of the fan base that want Bautista to retire a Blue Jay, which means that he should be brought back. Some are even willing to pick up his option, they love him that much. Others are willing to bring him back at a renegotiated price. There is also the group that respects what Joey Bats has done, but feel his time in Toronto has come to an end and it is OK for the front office to send him off. Others just want him cut loose, calling him a useless bum.
That last group is rather small and is so for a good reason. But, the question remains as to whether Bautista brings enough value to have him back. As stated in the previous piece, it is likely that 29 other teams value him even less than the Blue Jays do, which is not good for him if he is going to hit free agency this winter.
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