Week #19: August 5-11, 2013 In Review

Week in Review

I was somewhat surprised to reflect on the the week and find that the Blue Jays had managed to win as many games as they’d lost. Perhaps the pessimist in me has finally emerged, four months into a season rife with frustration and disappointment. Maybe it’s because I spent the week outside of the city, still watching the games, but not as engrossed in the ephemera. Maybe it was the lasting sting of a blowout loss to Oakland. Regardless, the week was a fair representation of the season, complete with poor pitching and another blown elbow, adding injury to insult, as it were.

 

By The Numbers

  • Record: 3 wins / 3 losses
  • Runs: 32 RF / 36 RA
  • Batting: .250 / .354 / .409 (.763 OPS); 7 HR, 33 BB, 38 SO, .274 BABIP
  • Basestealing: 5 SB / 3 CS
  • Pitching:  5.94 ERA, .316 BABIP, 5.9 K/9; 1.7 HR/9

Honour Roll

  • Jose Bautista: .435 / .536 / .783 ( 1.318 OPS);  2 HR / 4 BB / 2 K
  • R.A. Dickey: 1-0 2.45 ERA; 1.23 WHIP; 14.2 IP, 14 H, 4 BB, 11 K 

 

Roster Moves

J.A. Happ was activated from the 60-day disabled list, having completed his rehabilitation assignment at AAA Buffalo, with Steve Delabar taking his place on the DL with right shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, Michael Schwimmer was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.

Drew Hutchison was also activated from the 60-day DL, as his rehabilitation period had been maxed out. He was then optioned to AAA Buffalo, where he will continue his road back to the big leagues. I would expect to see Hutchison join the club when rosters are expanded in September.

Speaking of pitchers and Tommy John surgeries…lefthanded reliever Juan Perez, who had been a pleasant surprise in the Jays’ pen, tore his ulnar collateral ligament this week and will be lost for the year, and perhaps longer, should he need the infamous surgery.

Taking Perez’s place on the major league roster is Mickey Storey, who was recalled from Buffalo.

 

Random News & Thoughts

Every year at this time, most major league clubs place almost all of their players on revocable waivers. It’s a means to gauge interest in a player, with the security of being able to pull the player back should he be claimed. This includes high profile players, such as Josh Johnson, who have big contracts and for that reason, often clear without a claim. Given the year he’s having, coupled with the new rule in the CBA which doesn’t award compensatory picks to clubs for ‘rental’ players, it’s not surprising Johnson was passed on by every club.

Ken Rosenthal reported that Mark DeRosa was claimed by an unknown team, but the Blue Jays pulled him back and have decided to hold onto the well-liked veteran.

GM Alex Anthopoulos addressed the media, speaking specifically to the team’s poor season and how he intends to address some of its glaring deficiencies, specifically the pitching, defence, and lack of a bona fide second baseman. Gregor Chisholm took the time to transcribe the entire discussion.

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