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Week #2: April 8-14, 2013 in Review
The week started with the Jays losing two of three to the Tigers in miserable conditions in Detroit. Things were starting to look up in Kansas City as the Jays got out to an 8-4 lead in the opener, but disaster struck in the 6th inning when Jose Reyes severely sprained his ankle while stealing second base. The Jays went on to take two of three from the Royals for their first series win of the year, but Reyes is expected to miss three months with his injury.
By The Numbers
- Record: 3 wins / 3 losses
- Runs: 25 RF / 33 RA
- Batting: .231/.294/.352 (.646 OPS); 3 HR, 18 BB, 42 SO, .274 BABIP
- Basestealing: 8 SB / 0 CS
- Pitching: 5.44 ERA; .305/.371/.399 (.770 opponents’ OPS); 5.4 K/9; 0.4 HR/9
- Melky Cabrera: .417/.462/.417 (.879 OPS); 10/24, 2 BB/0 SO, 2 SB
- R.A. Dickey: 1-0 1.42 ERA; 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K
On Saturday Munenori Kawasaki was called up to take Reyes’ roster spot when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Jays continued to be active on the waiver wire this week. As previously reported, they claimed Mauro Gomez and designated Dave Bush for assignment on Monday. On Wednesday, the team claimed Casper Wells from the Mariners, sending Edgar Gonzalez to Buffalo and losing Alex Burnett to the Orioles in the process.
The Jays also picked up Miguel Batista on Tuesday and sent the 42-year-old reliever who last pitched with the club in 20 to AAA Buffalo.
Random News & Thoughts
Obviously, the majority of the news this week focused on Jose Reyes. Alex Anthopoulos has acknowledged that he is actively talking to other teams about trading for a shortstop.
Meanwhile, Brett Lawrie started his rehab assignment in Dunedin on Sunday, playing second base as the Jays toy with the idea of having Bautista move to third base and Emilio Bonifacio (who has struggled at second) to right field. The changes would seem to be aimed at keeping Bonifacio in the lineup now that Reyes’ bat and speed is no longer at the top of the lineup and suggest that the club is concerned about Bonifacio’s defence (contrary to the position espoused by Luis Rivera earlier in the week). Lawrie is expected to join the team as early as this weekend.
John Lott looked into Brett Cecil’s increased velocity this year and found that the lefty had spent the offseason working with weighted balls- a program that fellow reliever Steve Delabar introduced him to.
Drunk Jays Fans relayed J.P. Arencibia’s conversation with Sid Seixeiro about the differences between John Gibbons and John Farrell.
And lastly, Speaking to Shi Davidi on Wednesday, Chad Mottola suggested that high expectations and a disappointing start had caused some hitters to abandon their approach in favour of an all-or-nothing swing.