Blue Jays April Review.

The first month of the season has had its ups and downs for Toronto. The team is currently 3rd in the Al east with a record of 12-13 having lost 6 of their last 10 games. Toronto’s pitching set aside Mark Beuhrle has been disappointing. Ranking 25th in the league with a team ERA of 4.45 and 2nd in walks. The Blue Jays offence has continued to be their strength averaging 4.28 runs per game and 30 home runs.

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When will Stroman get his chance?

Marcus Stroman’s first MLB appearance is coming. Stroman will most likely take Dustin McGowen’s spot as the Blue Jays 5 starter. McGowen recently said that he is getting fatigued at the 60 pitch mark and is 1-1 with a 6.88 ERA in 17 innings pitched allowing 24 hits, looking to be the odd one out as he struggles with his control. This opens the door for Stroman who has been absolutely dominant in AAA, currently 1-2 with a 2.18 ERA and 26 strike outs in 20 2/3 innings. Stroman should make his first start in Kansas City but McGowen could buy him self more time with a solid start.

Why was Neil Wagner sent to the Minor Leagues?

Wagner was arguably Toronto’s best pitcher out of the bullpen this April. He gave John Gibbons another hard throwing righty that could enter in middle relief and let Cecil or Delabar pitch the 8th. Wagner pitched well and surrendered only three runs over 8 2/3 innings. Forget all that, Wagner was sent to Triple -A Buffalo because he still had options on his contract. As other pitchers can not be sent down with out clearing wavers.

When will the Moises Sierra saga end? 

Sierra is off to a bad start this season, but how long can the Blue Jays afford to keep him around. The problem comes up again as Sierra is out of options and cant be sent down with out clearing waivers. In the best situation, Sierra would be starting every day for Triple-A Buffalo. The 25 year old needs at bats to continue his development, but that’s not possible with Toronto. Sierra mostly sits on the bench and will get a start when Bautista or Rasmus needs a day off. Last season veteran Mark DeRossa was a perfect fit as he could play out field and infield. If the Jays are looking for a veteran utility man after parting ways with Sierra, I would start by looking in Triple-A Buffalo. Andy LaRoche the brother of Adam LaRoche would be a perfect fit as he can play the infield and out field or signing free agent out fielder Andres Torres.

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Who has been the Blue Jays biggest surprise and biggest disappointment?

The biggest surprise for me has been Melky Cabrera. There was always a possibility that he would bounce back after having a tumor removed from his spine last year, but i never thought he would be this good. This year he has hit for power and average, looking like the Melky we all saw in Kansas City. This season he leads the Majors in hits and has 2 more home runs than he did last year. Put in a .925 OPS, nine RBI, 17 runs and 3 stolen bases.                                                                                                                                     The biggest disappointment has been bullpen. Last season the team had one of the better bullpens in the league with the likes of all star’s Brett Cecil and Steve Delabar. The starting pitching of the Jays in 2013 was horrible as the team ERA was above 4 and this season has not got any better. With Toronto having an awful staff and bullpen this season, the future doesn’t look too bright for the Blue Jays

Dante Decaria, All Day Sportz

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