Brett Cecil allowed four earned runs on two walks and two hits Sunday in the Blue Jays’ loss to the Orioles, watching his season ERA rise to 5.96. And he’ll no longer be trusted in the ninth inning …
That committee should prominently feature 20-year-old right-hander Roberto Osuna, who has registered a 2.12 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 31 appearances this season while striking out 40 batters over 34 innings.
The Blue Jays were linked to Francisco Rodriguez when he was a free agent over the winter and now Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the team has been in contact with the Brewers about a potential trade.
After posting a 3.04 ERA and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 69 appearances with Milwaukee last season, the 33-year-old Rodriguez has a 1.13 ERA with 26 strikeouts and seven walks over 24 innings so far this year. He’s a perfect 13-for-13 in save chances. The Brewers figure to be one of only a handful of sellers in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, so Rodriguez would appear to be an obvious candidate to be moved. Brett Cecil is functioning as Toronto’s closer right now, but he has only had seven save chances all season and owns a 4.50 ERA over 25 appearances. An upgrade makes sense.
Rodriguez is under contract for $5.5 million this season and his contract includes a $6 million option or $4 million buyout for 2016.
With Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list due to a lat injury, Elliott hears that the Blue Jays are also in the market for a starting pitcher.
The Mets came from behind to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in 11 innings tonight at Citi Field, snapping Toronto’s winning streak at 11 games.
The Blue Jays grabbed the early lead in this one when Jose Bautista connected for a long solo home run off Noah Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. The Mets didn’t get their first hit against Mark Buehrle until the fifth, but they grabbed the lead in the sixth on back-to-back RBI doubles from Juan Lagares and Ruben Tejada.
Asked to get a four-out save, Jeurys Familia struck out Josh Donaldson swinging to get out of jam in the top of the eighth inning, but he gave up a leadoff solo home run to Bautista in the ninth to tie things up. The Blue Jays took the lead on a sacrifice fly from Dioner Navarro in the top of the 11th, but the Mets got a rally going in the bottom of the inning after Ruben Tejada drew a one-out walk against Brett Cecil. Michael Cuddyer followed with a ground ball to second base, but Tejada evaded the tag long enough for him to reach first base. Lucas Duda then tied things up with a bloop hit to left field before Blue Jays manager John Gibbons brought in Liam Hendriks to face Wilmer Flores. However, Flores hit a single up the middle to score Duda for the walk-off win for New York.
Here’s the video of the walk-off hit:
By the way, Syndergaard, who was traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal, struck out a career-high 11 batters over his six innings of work.
Tonight was the first loss for the Blue Jays since June 2. The Mets have secured comeback victories in back-to-back days and now sit at 35-30 on the season, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals for first place in the National League East.
Russell Martin played hero for the second straight day as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in 11 innings this afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston. Toronto extended their winning streak to 10 games in the process while Boston have now lost five in a row.
Flipping the script from last night, the Blue Jays grabbed an early 4-0 lead against Clay Buchholz with three runs in the top of the third inning and one in the fourth. The Red Sox quickly battled back against R.A. Dickey with three in the fourth inning and a game-tying solo homer from David Ortiz in the sixth.
The game remained tied until Martin hit a long go-ahead solo homer off Matt Barnes in the top of the 11th. You can watch the home run here. Brett Cecil sat down the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the 11th for his second save in as many days.
Thanks to their recent surge, the Blue Jays are 33-30 on the year and sit just 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for first place in the American League East. They are riding their longest winning streak since they won 11 straight in 2013.
With the Athletics looking like one of the few obvious sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, reliever Tyler Clippard figures to be a popular name. One surging team in the AL East has already reached out to express interest in a deal:
The Blue Jays were reportedly interested in Clippard over the winter, so it’s easy to understand why they are revisiting the possibility. The 30-year-old has functioned as Oakland’s closer this season, posting a 3.20 ERA and 22/13 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 inning while going 9-for-11 in save opportunities. He’s making $8.3 million this season and will be a free agent this winter.
Brett Cecil is Toronto’s closer right now, but they haven’t needed him much in that capacity recently. He notched his first save since May 4 last night.