Talk about blowing any goodwill that may have been left from the 13-game win streak. This was as pathetic a showing as they have had this season, so I hope you had some better plans drawn up than watching this.
Anyways, here are the takeaways. Let’s keep it short as there is not much good to highlight and it’s Labor Day.
Jameson Taillon rights the ship
After a rocky first inning where he REALLY HUNG a couple of breaking balls for solo shots, Jameson turned it around a completed a good start against a great Blue Jays offense. He went 7 innings while allowing 3 runs on just 3 hits and 2 walks — those solo shots really did a number on him — and he also got 5 K’s on the day.
Overall, he couldn’t command his curve all day, getting just a single called strike and no whiffs on it. This was pretty evident on the pitch chart as well, take a look:
There is what, 1 maybe 2 good curves out of eleven there. Definitely not what you want. But still, he made do with the rest of his arsenal going 4-seamer, slider, and sinker heavy to get the job done against the Jays. The 4-seamer and slider (despite the first inning hanger to Semien) were both pretty good, getting solid CSW rates of 28% and 35% respectively.
All that said, it is a good and much-needed bounceback from Taillon, who they sorely need to keep up for a postseason berth. It really is a shame that the offense was a complete no-show for this game.
The offense was just pathetic
Not much else to say here, no need to sugarcoat it. A combined 4 hits and no walks(!!!!) on the day. And it’s not like they were unlucky on the quality of contact, they managed just a miserable .148. That’s just unacceptable…
They need to get their stuff together fast, or they will both lose the faith given to them on the 13-game win streak and the wild-card berth.
Kriske is not a MLB-caliber pitcher
Even with the Jays awful bullpen, this game felt a little bitout of reach entering the ninth with the offense’s pathetic showing. Still, Brooks Kriske made sure to make the game totally lost by giving up 5 runs, on a solo shot and a grand slam allowed to Teoscar Hernández and Semien respectively. Great stuff…
In the very small sample size of 10.1 innings, he now has a career 12.19 ERA and has shown no signs of a potential good bullpen piece. You would think he’s close to or at the top of the chopping list come to a roster crunch.
Hopefully, some other guy takes his spot soon enough, be it Luis Gil or one of the returning guys (Clarke Schmidt or Mike King).
- Shoutout to Luetge who did an awesome job in the 8th against the Jays top of the order. He even got a really nasty swinging K on Springer on a curve down in the zone.