The Jays traded for Latroy Hawkins and Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, giving up their current shortstop Jose Reyes as well as 2014’s 9th overall pick Jeff Hoffman, Jeses Tino and Miguel Castro. In Hawkins the Jays acquire a veteran presence in the bullpen who has been pitching well this year and has been around and can help the young bullpen grow. In Tulo the Jays acquire the best shortstop in game offensively as well as being a very strong defender.
The Jays won the opener and the closer of the series as well as dropping an extra innings game in the middle, the Jays are now 49-48.
The Jays are off to Seattle to take on king Felix and the Mariners.
Yesterday the Jays beat the Rays 4-0 to get the series win, today the Jays have an off day as they travel to Oakland.
The Jays lost 3-2 against the Rays in game 2 of the series, R.A Dickey got the start for the Jays and gave up one run in the six innings he pitched. The bullpen gave up two one run homeruns to the Rays. Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera gave up those homeruns and let another good start go to waste as the offense couldn’t pick up the slack. Jose Reyes went 2-4. Edwin Encarnacion, Devon Travis and Kevin Pillar all hit a double. Jose Bautista hit his 18th homerun of the season.
The Jays finish the series tomorrow against the Rays before going on the road again, where they will face the Oakland A’s next.
The Jays opened the unofficial start of the second half of baseball season also known as game 92 against the Rays. The game was scoreless for the first 2 innings before in the top of the 3rd Grady Sizemore hit a solo homerun off of Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Hutchison left the game after pitching six innings and giving up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. In the bottom of the 4th Chris Colabello hit a sacrifice fly to even the score up at one run. In the fifth inning the Jays scored 5 runs against the Rays, with Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak hitting homeruns. Bo Schultz and Robert Osuna pitched the final three innings for the Jays shutting down the Rays for the rest of the game. During the course of the game both Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak hit doubles. Smoak’s line today was 2-4 with 3 Rbi’s. The Jays were 3-6 with Runners in scoring position tonight.
Game 2 against the Rays is tomorrow, R.A. Dickey (3-10) with a 4.87 era is the probable starting pitcher for the Jays against the Rays Erasmo Ramirez.
Lets start off with the homerun derby, Josh Donaldson made it to the 2nd round before getting beaten, an improvement from last years derby.
In the Allstar game the Al won 6-3, Josh Donaldson went 0-0 with 2 walks, Russell Martin went 0-1. David Price got the win for the American League, Clayton Kershaw took the loss for the national league.
The Jays lost 11-10 to the Royals. The teams combined for 27 hits and 7 errors. The Jays starter Felix Dubront gave up 6 runs in the first but then settled down ending his day with 5 innings pitched with 7 runs overall however only 5 earned runs. Steve Delabar then came in and only recorded one out he was charged with 3 runs 2 earned. Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil the pitched each allowing 0 runs. Bo Schultz then pitched the bottom of the 8th giving up the game winning homerun.
On the offensive side of the ball the Jays lineup had 4 doubles and one triple overall. Jose Reyes commited 2 errors in the field but also went 3-5 with a double and one Rbi. Devon Travis went 2-5 with 2 strikeouts. Kevin Pillar went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a triple and one Rbi.
In the 8th inning Jose Bautista argued a 1 and 2 strike call by the homeplate umpire Jerry Meals. The score was 10-10, Jose Reyes was on first, Justin Smoak came to pinch hit and recorded an out. In that situation in my opinion no matter if your a rookie or a veteran player you need to step back in the box and just hit.
That’s it for games before the all-star break the Jays are 45-46, 4.5 games back in the Al East. Have a great All-star break everyone.
The Jays won 6-2, Mark Buehrle won his 10th game for the season, while lowering his Era too 3.34 for the season. Jose Reyes went 3-4 with a double in the 3 run 9th inning. Jose Reyes also had a big game on the base paths stealing 3 bases today, he know has 14 this season. Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia both hit homers. Bo Scultz and Roberto Osuna both pitched perfect innings with one strikeout a piece. The Jays were still 2-10 with runners in scoring position today. The Jays play one more game before the all-star game against the Royals tomorrow.
All-star game update time:
Jose Bautista has decided not to participate in the all-star game to rest a sore shoulder. Bautista has stated through the Jays officials that he will talk to the media about his decision before the start of the game tomorrow.
Hi everyone, I took a long break from this blog and have missed half the season writing about it and I decided to look today and it shows that over 300 people have still read this blog and past posts this year. Thank you to everyone who still is checking for updates at this site. I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting the Jays updates this season we will see what happens over the all-star break. Right now the Jays are 44-45 after dropping last nights game 3-0 to the Royals in game one of their final series before the All-star break. The Jays are 4.5 games away from first in the AL East however that is good for 4th place. In the wildcard race the Jays are back by 4 games, with Baltimore, Detroit and Tampa all ahead of them not including the Angels and the Twins who currently hold both wildcards. The Jays are currently on a 3 game losing streak and have lost 7 of their last 10. There is still plenty of baseball to be played but the next few weeks will determine if the Jays will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.
Edit: Wow since making this post about 30 minutes ago 10 views of it, thank you so much for still being here everyone.
The Jays have reached a contract with the university of Guelph to have grass in the Rogers center by 2018.