There is none more team hotter than the Blue Jays.
Toronto won again, beating the Oakland A’s 4-2 this afternoon. Mark Buehrle was on the hill and allowed two runs in seven innings. Because he was pitching the game lasted a crisp two hours and twenty-five minutes.
On offense the Jays scored all four of their runs in the second inning thanks to a Kevin Pillar RBI single and a Ryan Goins three-run homer, all off of Jesse Chavez. Outside of that inning Chavez was good, striking out nine and not walking anyone. And, at least until Act III, Scene 2, Mrs. Lincoln probably very much enjoyed “Our American Cousin.”
This was the Blue Jays’ 11th straight win. If they win out, they’ll finish the season 110-52. And my inclusion of that little factoid is only a partial joke, I reckon.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.