THE VOTES ARE IN! JAYS FROM THE COUCH TAKES A LOOK AT THE BLUE JAYS BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMERS FROM THIS PAST WEEK OF PLAY.
It was a rough week for the Blue Jays. After the offence seemed to be rolling the final two games against the Oakland Athletics, the Blue Jays offence would stumble. Heading back home, the Jays would suffer, being swept for the first time this season to the surging Chicago White Sox. Heading into a weekend division series against the Rays, the Blue Jays would win game one on the strength of four home runs, but would be walked off in the second game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a single by Curt Casali.
There seems to be some outrage from Blue Jays fans, surprised this team hasn’t picked up right where they left off from last September. Obviously a slow start isn’t ideal, but if you listened to Jays From The Couch Editor, Shaun Doyle’s ‘Whisper Song’ podcast this week, Shaun pointed out that the season is only 14% complete! A number in which the sample size is 162 games is nothing! The best thing the Jays have going for them right now, is the strength of their division. Lucky enough for the Blue Jays, there isn’t a clear runaway winner with the AL East. Could the Blue Jays win 81 games this year and just be mediocre? Sure, absolutely they could. Or maybe Jays fans should remember the 1973 New York Mets, with no clear winner of the division (the Cubs favourited to win the division at the beginning of the season) the Mets would have a three month stretch where they would go –
May – 9-14
June – 11-17
July – 12-18
If Twitter was around in 1973, it would be fun to see Mets fans reactions in May saying their season was over, putting crying Jordan faces on Tom Seaver, even the occasional “Fire Yogi Berra!” thrown in here and there. What I’m trying to say is, the Mets would go 19-8 in September, win their division with only 82 wins, and eventually lose the World Series to the Oakland Athletics in seven games. It’s hard to predict where a season is going to go, in both the case for the 2015 Blue Jays, or 1973 Mets, things happened when people least expected it, and it changed the course of the season drastically. But let’s focus more on last week, and the three players who earn this week’s Player of the Week nominations!
Hitter of the Week – Michael Saunders – .333/.333/.889, 6H, 3HR, 4RBI, 0BB, 5SO
After being selected last week as the Blue Jays hitter off the week, Saunders continues to impress in the leadoff spot. After suffering from a minor hamstring injury, and missing the final two games of the Athletics series, Saunders wouldn’t waste anytime getting right back into the groove of things. In the first game of the Tampa Bay series, Saunders would have his sixth career multi home run game. Saunders continues to get on base in his leadoff position, and has been one of the only Blue Jays shining spots behind the plate.
Pitcher of the Week – Gavin Floyd – 4.0IP, 3H, 0ER, 1BB, 4SO, 0.00ERA
Last week’s runner up for pitching had yet another impressive week coming out of the pen. Floyd hasn’t allowed a run in the past two weeks, and continues to be one of the more reliable arms out of the bullpen this offseason. I will admit, my initial reaction of Floyd receiving the Major League contract he did was not favourable. Since then I have really eaten my words, as Floyd gives the Blue Jays amazing pitching flexibility out of the bullpen.
Honorable Mention – Drew Hutchison – 5.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 5SO, 3.18ERA
The Blue Jays are trying to spread the starting rotation’s innings early in the season, potentially looking for way to make up for the absence of Mark Buehrle’s 190+ innings pitched per year. It was up to Drew Hutchison to make the spot start, getting the call up to start Sunday’s game against the Athletics. Hutchison would impress in his start, getting his usual run support early in the game, but finishing with five strikeouts, but unfortunately not going deeper into the game than expected. Every pitcher serves a vital role to this team, Hutchison being the sixth starter will be used more throughout the season, and this is a great start to his 2016 MLB campaign.
Fan Vote – Michael Saunders – .333/.333/.889, 6H, 3HR, 4RBI, 0BB, 5SO
For the first time in Jays From The Couch Player of the Week history, someone other than Josh Donaldson won. Michael Saunders takes this week’s player of the week voting by a wide margin. Saunders power, and ability to reach base sure was impressive this week, and hopefully that trend continues for weeks to come. Thanks again to all of you who voted, remember voting happens after the games on Saturday, so make sure you get your say next week!
|Week||Hitter of the Week||Pitcher of the Week||Fan Vote|
|April 3-8||Josh Donaldson||Aaron Sanchez||Josh Donaldson|
|April 9-15||Josh Donaldson||Roberto Osuna||Josh Donaldson|
|April 16-23||Michael Saunders||J.A. Happ||Josh Donaldson|
|April 23-30||Michael Saunders||Gavin Floyd||Michael Saunders|
|May 1-7||Kevin Pillar||Marcus Stroman||Kevin Pillar|
|May 8-14||Michael Saunders||R.A. Dickey||R.A. Dickey|
|May 8-15||Jose Bautista||Joe Biagini||Jose Bautista|
|May 16-22||Josh Donaldson||Roberto Osuna||Russell Martin|
|May 31-June 5||Darwin Barney||Marco Estrada||Darwin Barney|
|June 6-12||Kevin Pillar||Jesse Chavez||Edwin Encarnacion|
|June 13-19||Josh Donaldson||J.A. Happ||Josh Donaldson|
|June 20-26||Troy Tulowitzki||Joe Biagini||Troy Tulowitzki|
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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.