August Preliminary Report: Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays
• The Blue Jays enjoyed their first winning month of the season in July, going 15-13 and climbing to just 2½ game behind the sixth-place Indians in the AL East. The Jays will wrap up a 2-game series with Detroit on August 1st before taking two days off and traveling to Kansas City for a 3-game weekend set with the Royals.

• Jesse Jefferson was the toast of the Toronto starting staff last month, going 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA; in contrast, he was 4-9 with a 4.82 ERA through June. Another pleasant surprise was Jerry Garvin, a PB 2-5 starter who went 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA and three complete games in July.

• At the other end of the spectrum, reliever Mike Willis allowed four runs in 1/3 of an inning pitched, for an ERA of 120.00, before he was sent to AAA Syracuse.

• Rick Cerone, who shared catching duties with Alan Ashby before going on the disabled list on July 22nd, will return on August 7th. In the meantime, Ernie Whitt was called up from Syracuse to back-up Ashby.

• Toronto’s 5-man starting rotation will consist of Jefferson, Garvin, Tom Underwood, Balor Moore, and newcomer Don Kirkwood. Former starter Dave Lemanczyk will remain in the bullpen, where he had improved stats in July.

• Jim Clancy, whose record this year is an unimpressive 4-16, was sent to the minors for conditioning and work on his delivery. Sam Ewing was called up to fill his roster spot, and will platoon with a struggling Willie Horton at DH.

• The Jays stole only one base in July, and have just four on the year. With no player on the current roster with a steal rating above a ‘D’, it’s easy to see why they haven’t stolen more.

• August 21st is McDonald’s Junior Jays Day at Exhibition Stadium!

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6 responses to “August Preliminary Report: Blue Jays

  1. What do they have to lose by not running more aggressively? I say one SB attempted in every August game! What’s the worst that could happen, they drop behind the White Sox?

    • Actually, my thoughts have been ‘running’ along those lines already: I was thinking, let the damn fools run like madmen! When ‘E’ runner Ernie Whitt tried to steal a base in his debut in July, it gave the rest of the squad an idea: if HE can try it, so can I!

      And like the Cardinals, the Jays might surprise a lot of people in August, and with three 4-game win streaks last month, they’re now proving they can win consistently. No, they’ll never take the AL East flag, but they’ll ruin some nights for those who might!

  2. Just out of curiosity, have you ever had someone hit for the cycle?

    • Yeah, Dave Parker of the Pirates finally accomplished the feat on July 9th of my season, going 6-for-7 in a game where the Bucs crushed the Cards 23-2. Also, his six hits tied the SP78 record, held by Jack Clark, Reggie Smith, and Bob Bailor.

  3. I just had someone go 4-for-5 and hit for the cycle, and it was only on April 14!

    • Well, already you have a lot more going on by April 14th than I did! I didn’t have anything exciting happen ’til May, when I finally had my first rain delay. That is, if you can call a rain delay exciting.

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