A Well Deserved Send-off to Brett Cecil

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If yesterday was indeed Brett Cecil’s last appearance as a Toronto Blue Jay, it will indeed be a journey that has come full circle. At the age of 22, Cecil then a starter, made his MLB Debut against the Cleveland Indians, Cecil pitched 6 innings with a matching 6 strikeouts and only gave up 1 earned run. Now seven years later, Cecil may have finished his Blue Jays Continue reading

Michael Saunders & The Tale of Two Halves

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TORONTO, CANADA – AUGUST 13: Michael Saunders #21 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after striking out to end the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Houston Astros on August 13, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Saunders

There’s two sides to every story, just like there has been two sides to Michael Saunders’ 2016 campaign. A season that began to take shape as a career season for the 29-year old outfielder has quickly turned into an impending disaster.

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Russell Martin & The Craziest Blue Jays’ Injuries Over the Last Five Years

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After an off day Thursday, the Blue Jays returned home Friday for a series against the Seattle Mariners. Excluded from their lineup was starting catcher Russell Martin who would be directed to watching from the dugout. No, R.A. Dickey was not on the mound and no, it was not a scheduled off day for Martin, instead the catcher injured his knee following a ‘sauna mishap’ Friday morning. According to Martin, he spent too much time in the hot sauna and decided to make his way to the shower, next thing he knew he was laying on the shower floor. Light headed, Martin says he collapsed in the shower and injured his left knee in the process. While this injury may make some roll their eyes and say “That’s so Continue reading

Ezequiel Carrera’s Consistency Guides Blue Jays to All Star Break

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At the All Star Break, the Blue Jays sit at 51-40, two games out of 1st place in the division, largely due to a rotation that ranks atop the American League and an offense that has been rejuvenated since the turn of summer. The offense holds the accolades of AL MVP Josh Donaldson, who is the first player since 2000 to have 20 HRs and 80 Runs by the ASB and Edwin Encarnacion, who leads the MLB with 80 RBIs. While these two are certainly the core of the Blue Jays offense, one player who has stepped up admirably in leading the Blue Jays to a 51-40 mark is none other than 4th outfielder Ezequiel Carrera.

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Back to Basics – Inside Marcus Stroman’s Mechanical Changes

 

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Welcome back, after a half-dozen middling performances on the mound, Marcus Stroman is back and ready to reopen the StroShow this summer. After hearing talk of lost confidence and a demotion to Buffalo, Marcus Stroman has certainly picked himself up nicely in his return to dominance on the mound. In his two previous starts against the red hot Cleveland Indians and World Series champions Kansas City Royals, Stroman pitched for a Continue reading

Like Halladay & Romero, Stroman the Latest Blue Jays Ace in Need of Repair

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of an interleague baseball action in Toronto, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ace. It’s all Marcus Stroman heard all offseason, with the departure of David Price to the Boston Red Sox the Blue Jays had a hole at the top of their starting rotation. Stroman, 24 at the time was expected to step up into being the Blue Jays ace and there was reason to believe he was capable of doing so.

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The Return of The Bangers : Blue Jays Offense Mashes in June

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TORONTO, CANADA – JUNE 11: Kevin Pillar #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats in the second inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on June 11, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Pillar

Fifteen games into the month of June, the Toronto Blue Jays are starting to look like a ball club that we are accustomed to seeing. Striking fear into opposing pitchers, quality at bats and simply out scoring the opposing team into defeat.

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Why Jason Grilli is a Win-Win Move for the Blue Jays Bullpen

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The Blue Jays acquired former All Star reliever Jason Grilli from the Atlanta Braves Tuesday

At the seasoned age of 39, Jason Grilli is not expected to be the saviour of the Blue Jays shaky bullpen, Grilli is instead a solid veteran upgrade in low leverage situations, a role held by the names of Arnold Leon, Ryan Tepera, Pat Venditte and Dustin Antolin. Grilli is not the final piece to solidifying the 2016 bullpen but Grilli is a small stepping stone that comes with little risk as the Atlanta Braves will be covering majority of his remaining Continue reading