Jays From the Couch brings you some quick Blue Jays hits to start your day. This time: Sammy G, Joey B and more!
The Toronto Blue Jays just swept the Orioles, which is juicy in and of itself. But, they matched their longest win streak of the season at four games. They’ve managed to bring themselves to five games under .500. It’s a start…
Quick Hit #1
*The Blue Jays’ recent fortunes have a lot to do with their starting pitching, which has been rather solid. After Sunday’s game, they’ve put together seven quality starts in a row, which is a vast improvement over what we’ve seen this season. For a while, it looked like the only bright spot in the rotation was Sam Gaviglio. Even J.A. Happ had had a couple rough outings. But, Sammy G has been quite the breath of fresh air.
If you check baseball Reference, you’ll see that Gaviglio has been worth 1.2 bWAR, which is good for 4th on the team. Fangraphs has him at 0.4 fWAR. It is too bad that, when Marcus Stroman returns from the DL, Gaviglio will be the obvious choice to head to Buffalo. If there were room on the roster, we would be saying that he’s earned his spot. Unfortunately for him, there is just no room for him. Obviously, if someone else gets hurt, he’d be the first one to make the start. Barring that, he’ll be the best player the big league club demoted in 2018.
Quick Hit #2
*What the hell is happening with Joe Biagini?! Like, seriously! Once considered first up for a starting gig, he has certainly pitched himself into a questionable role. In 25 innings (4 starts), Biagini has taken five losses. He is seeing a major uptick in his BABIP (up to .360, up 60 pts) and home runs. He’s more than double his HR/9 rate: 2.52. His WHIP has climbed to 1.92, which has nothing to do with command as his walk rate is right in line with what we have seen in the past. All of this has resulted in an ERA of 8.28 and a FIP of 6.86. Batters are squaring up his offerings as he is giving up 7% more hard contact and ~8% more contact up the middle.
Quick Hit #3
*I know you probably thought you’d never read the name Mat Latos, but you have to see this. Apparently, he is throwing caution to the wind in the Can/Am League. After his opponent ran home and ran into his catcher, Latos decided that payback was in order. He threw inside on the next batter and was warned. That wasn’t enough for the former big leaguer as the next pitch went at the batter’s head. It started a brawl between the two clubs. Latos was on fire and was ready to take on all comers. It’s kind of entertaining. Check it out.
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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.