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Series Recap: A split with Atlanta!

For the first time since their June-opening series against Detroit, the Blue Jays weren’t involved in a sweep. They split their two-game series with Atlanta which ended a four-series streak in which the Jays either swept or were swept by the other team.

What happened?

On Tuesday, Jaime Garcia got lit up for five runs over just three innings pitched. The relievers who came in to mop the game up also got hammered. It was ugly. On the bright side, Canadian starter Mike Soroka didn’t throw a no-hitter. 11-4 Blue Jays. 

On Wednesday, J.A. Happ pitched a nice game, going eight-and-a-third while allowing four earned runs (two of them were inherited runs in the ninth inning given up by Ryan Tepera). It was the first time all season a Blue Jays starting pitcher made it into the ninth inning. The Jays also managed to tee off a little bit on Anibal Sanchez, something that hasn’t happened to the veteran junk-baller much this season. 5-3 Blue Jays. 

Things worth mentioning…

  • This has to be the end of the line for Jaime Garcia in the starting rotation, right? Garcia has been ass for virtually the entire season and his last outing against Atlanta was terrible. Marcus Stroman is coming back soon and somebody has to be pulled from the rotation. Are you really better off tossing Garcia out there than you are giving Sammy G some more starts at this point?
  • In more positive news, Randal Grichuk is now batting above the Mendoza Line! Given how horrendous his season started, it’s pretty incredible that Grichuk has already lifted his OPS to .718. He’s been pretty damn good since coming off the disabled list, so maybe that trade wasn’t so bad after all.

Up next…

The Jays will travel to Anaheim for a four-game series with the Angels. After that, they’ll head straight to Houston for a three-game series with the Astros.

  • PastorofMuppets

    What’s the dollar amount for Garcia’s option next year, 10 mil? Think you could pass him off to another non-contender in need of even a shitty depth rotation piece for some low-end prospects or are the Jays better off just DFAing him? I have to figure there’s at least one team that might take a flier on him for a non-impact prospect.

    • Paul Beestons Grass Surface

      They see his shittiness as well. Why would they pay for what is left of this year and next and lose a prospect? They can wait things out. The jays with this year already over will need him as filler. Plus they have to count any write off against that years cap. So even if they dfa him..they still lose that amount with Rogers. Best bet is to see if there are any takers over the winter for half his contract. Maybe as a throw in piece in a trade….