JAYS FROM THE COUCH CONTINUES TO BRING YOU THE BLUE JAYS PITCHER AND HITTER OF THE WEEK, INCLUDING THE FAN VOTE.
The Blue Jays would have a great week this week, seeing them vault into first place in the AL East briefly, for the first time since the beginning of the season. After winning the final game against the Seattle Mariners to survive the sweep, the Blue Jays would continue their home stand in an inter league match up against the San Diego Padres. The Blue Jays would take two out of three games, including a walk off wild pitch in extra innings of the second game. That series win would set them up nicely for a big series against division rival the Baltimore Orioles. The Blue Jays would perform, winning two out of the three games in the series in convincing fashion, and losing the final game of the series in a hard fought battle in extra innings.
The Jays have continued their strong play since the All-Star break, and have put up another solid week of play. If weeks like this continue, the Blue Jays will find themselves in a perfect place to continue their stretch run into October. With such a great week behind us, here are your Blue Jays players of the week.
Hitter of the Week – Kevin Pillar .370/.414/.556, 10H, 8RBI, 2BB
This week, Kevin Pillar had one of his best stretches at the plate this season. Pillar would have hits in six of the seven games played and topped off his week with some huge hits in the Saturday’s game against the Orioles. In that game, Pillar would go two for four, with both of those hits being doubles, and driving in four runs. When Pillar stays patient at the plate, and waits for pitchers to come to him, the threat of his speed can make the Blue Jays lineup even scarier.
Pitcher of the Week – J.A. Happ 13.0IP, 3H, 1ER, 7BB, 17SO
In two starts this week, J.A. Happ was simply amazing on the mound. In the final game against the Seattle Mariners, he threw six innings, walking four, striking out six batters, but amazingly only allowed one hit! Happ was the stopper for the series, and his performance that day helped the Blue Jays avoid being swept by the Mariners. In his next start against the Orioles, Happ he topped his previous outing. Giving up a solo home run early in the game, Happ wouldn’t be fazed, pitching seven innings, walking three batters, and striking out an amazing eleven batters! The Blue Jays would answer, giving Happ the run support he needed with a seven run inning. The two starts this week add to the amazing season Happ has provided his team this year.
Runner Up – Roberto Osuna 3.1IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 5SO
With the performances Osuna gave out of the pen this week, any other week he would have won player of the week, but Happ was just that good! In four appearances, Osuna would only have one batter reach base in the fourteen he faced. Osuna continues to come up big in clutch games, and gives Jays fans huge confidence when he walks out of the bullpen games late in games.
Fan Vote – J.A. Happ
The votes are in! The amazing starts from J.A. Happ were definitely enough reason to get him player of the week. He certainly was a huge reason why the Blue Jays won those two games, and continues to impress Jays fans this season. Thanks again for those of you who voted, and remember polls will go up on Sunday after the games.
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— Spencer (@Spenred) July 31, 2016
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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.