TORONTO — It really does seem as if it’s coming down to J.A. Happ, doesn’t it?
This was a lost weekend for the Toronto Blue Jays in more ways than one. Francisco Liriano looked uncomfortable on Saturday before developing a neck issue which could rob him of a start before the trade deadline and might have further diminished his trade value.
Marco Estrada? Our Ben Nicholson-Smith detailed the statistical and confidence collapse of a guy who rebuilt his reputation in the past three seasons with the Blue Jays: 38 earned runs in 36 innings over eight starts; just twice completing five innings. His batting average on balls in play since June 1 is just under .400. His mark from 2015 to 2016 was .224, the best in baseball.
The last instalment in his crash came Sunday: 3.2 innings in which he needed a first-inning visit from his manager. Even with the Blue Jays professing not to be in rebuild mode but rather looking to add pieces to help make the now-improbable a little less improbable in 2017 while bolstering their cause in 2018, Liriano and Estrada’s imminent free …read more