Article Written by Adam Corsair (@ACorsair21)
I'm going to try to post one of these little quick thoughts after as many games as possible. By doing so, I plan to list what I thought was worth highlighting, both the positives and negatives (but I'll try not to focus so much on the negatives unless they're glaring). With that, here are a few things that I noticed for tonight's game against the Rays on April 6, 2017 -
- Winning is cleansing like that, isn't it? Doesn't it make you feel better? It's like Baltimore never happened!
- Devon Travis got the night off, as Darwin Barney took the reigns at second base. I don't see this as a warning-sign for Travis' health, even though that's the knee-jerk reaction (don't lie). Remember, he was just barely cleared to be able to start the season, so this is probably more of a precaution rather than something you need to freak out about. As per Shi Davidi -
Not overdoing it on turf is wise, but you figure it's something he's going to have to go through once the home games start to pick up.
- Steve Pearce got the nod in left-field and led-off as a result of Travis resting. Carrera replaced Pearce in left in the 7th inning.
- I'll happily admit that I was wrong about Martin maybe getting a day to rest his hand, as he starting behind the plate tonight. The debut of Saltimbocca will have to wait another day, although Buck mentioned that Gibby wanted to get him in a game sooner rather than later.
- Morales with the grand slam! What'd I tell ya?!?! Gonna make you say "Edwin who?!" (...ok not really...).
- Stroman was solid tonight and picked up right where he left off from the WBC. Stroman pitched 6.1 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, 5 K's, 1 earned run, throwing 89 pitches, 56 of which for strikes (63%). He continued to play with the timing of his delivery, and it did throw off some hitters in the early part of the game. If this is what we have to look forward to with Stroman, get ready!
- Snell also pitched well, if we're being fair (which, I will be). He pitched 6.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 5 earned runs, 5 K's, 5 walks, throwing a total of 97 pitches, 57 of which for strikes (59%). You could tell that he was getting a bit tired throughout the 7th inning (if you couldn't tell, Buck & Pat were sure to drill in how they could tell), and was pulled right before Donaldson came up, mercifully. Not a bad performance, if you don't count that ridiculous bomb by Morales!
- Speaking of Donaldson - not great offensively, but much like Bautista, Tulo, and Martin, it's going to take a bit for them to fall into a groove. I suspect sooner rather than later. If we're really going to get into it, the umps were a bit generous with the outside pitches while Donaldson was up. But I'm not one to blame umps for a lack of offensive production. At least when it's not ridiculous, which tonight wasn't.
- Speaking of speaking of Donaldson - anyone else catch this?
- Biagini continued to be reliable out of the bullpen, only giving up a double. I'm sure they still have this in their sights, but I'm glad the brass didn't push for him to be stretched out this season in hopes to transform him to a starter. He provides some much needed security and it shown here tonight.
- Joe Smith came in to try to close it out and... yeah, didn't go so well.
- Grilli came in to close out that game and... ugh. Sure, the lead was sizeable, and a scored run on a wild-pitch didn't make me overly anxious, but it definitely makes you want Osuna back. Grilli was able to punch out Morrison and Weeks Jr. to close out the game (epic fist-pump, included!).
- Speaking of Osuna, we're told that he will pitch in a simulated game this weekend at the Trop and the narrative is that he'll be good to go after his 10-Day DL stint in time for the Home Opener Tuesday against Milwaukee.
- Jays win 5-2.
- Player Of The Game: Kendrys Morales (obviously).
What did you think of tonight's game? Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know if there's anything that I missed.
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