Because the authorized proceedings referring to an assault cost earlier this month play out for Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna — with no indication of a return to the lineup any time quickly — the workforce’s bullpen continues to excel.
And although supervisor John Gibbons would a lot reasonably have the most effective younger aid arms within the sport at his disposal, up to now he has been content material with the nearer by committee strategy.
A part of the success is because of a bunch that has exceeded expectations. However to not be ignored is that proven fact that each Seunghwan Oh and Tyler Clippard have had success within the nearer’s rule earlier of their careers.
“Clearly having a dominant nearer is one thing that each workforce desires, however we’ve bought guys who’ve been in that function earlier than,” Jays backup catcher Luke Maile mentioned Thursday previous to the opener of a four-game collection towards the Oakland Athletics. “Extra importantly, we’ve bought guys who throw a variety of strikes and have had a variety of success up to now this yr, so I feel the arrogance stage is up.
“Each time somebody is available in a sport, we really feel fairly good about it. Talking for myself, any time we’ve introduced somebody in late in a sport, no one’s actually flustered by it.”
Gibbons figures the additions of Oh, Clippard and John Axford have all gone as effectively or higher than anticipated, contributing to the reliability in aid.
“I believed it will be an excellent bullpen (however) I didn’t assume they’d pitch in addition to they’ve up to now,” Gibbons mentioned. “We’ve bought some guys down there who’ve been lights out however I did prefer it.
“You by no means actually know what to anticipate. They’ve been nice. With Osuna out, these guys night time after night time with a reasonably good workload have been actually pretty much as good as you could be.”
Gibbons mentioned the truth that there may be closing expertise inside the Jays pen can also be notable. And although there’s no indication of when (or if) Osuna returns, the supervisor appears snug with a more in-depth committee strategy, particularly given he has confirmed choices.
“There’s an argument on the market that anyone can do it (be a more in-depth) when you have the stuff however I don’t agree with that,” Gibbons mentioned. “Possibly over time you may turn into one, however I feel an enormous a part of it’s the psychological half and you need to have the expertise.”
Blue Jays followers will get the prospect to listen to loads from the most effective baseball voices within the enterprise over the subsequent couple weeks as Dan Shulman will get an prolonged run of air time splitting his work between the radio and tv cubicles.
Shulman is working this seven-game dwelling stand within the radio sales space with Ben Wagner, who’s settling in properly because the voice of the workforce, and veteran Mike Wilner.
After that Shulman, who gave up his ESPN Sunday Night time Baseball duties to spend extra time in his Toronto dwelling, will likely be on the TV crew for the Jays’ nine-game street swing by means of Philadelphia, Boston and Detroit.
What was anticipated to be a short-lived stint in Buffalo for second baseman Devon Travis continues to tug on as he continues to hunt his type on the plate.
The excellent news is that Travis has a base hit in every of his previous 5 video games with the Bisons after a sluggish begin to what has been an 11-game stint in triple A.
“From what I hear, he’s swinging it higher than the outcomes he’s getting proper now,” Gibbons mentioned. “It’s simply taking somewhat time. I wasn’t wanting any timelines anyway. The necessary factor was to get him going, extra importantly for himself.”
Sizzling-hitting Teoscar Hernandez was not within the beginning lineup Thursday. Gibbons mentioned Hernandez’s again tightened up within the rain Wednesday through the sport towards the Mets in New York … Fascinating street journey for the A’s, who kicked off the primary of 4 right here on Friday. All 10 video games on the journey are towards AL East opponents. Oakland gained two of three towards Boston earlier than arriving right here, and previous to that misplaced two of three to the Yankees.