The worst part of the recent rash of injuries to the Jays starting rotation is the affect it will likely have on a team I have grown quite fond of. This Blue Jays squad never quits, never feels sorry for itself and always plays hard. After a good old fashioned ass kicking at the hands of the Washington Nationals the Jays bounced back and swept the Philadelphia Phillies.
Brett Cecil made his return to the major leagues on Sunday and gave the Blue Jays a solid five innings, allowing five hits, two earned, walking one and striking out five batters. It had to be a confidence building effort as he pitched very well over his 87 pitches.
The Jays are certainly going to feel the sting of losing three of their starting pitchers in the past week including their best overall arm the team has been resilient in the past. Brandon Morrow is impossible to replace, Drew Hutchison has been pitching very well lately while Kyle Drabek has been downright awful. The team will need some serious luck and a couple unsung pitchers to step up and fill some big shoes to have any chance down the stretch, it will be a tall task.
Seemingly feast or famine this season the Blue Jays have been involved in eight sweeps overall.
CURRENT RECORD: 34-32, 4th place, 6.5 games behind first place.
Here are the quick recaps and boxscores:
Game 1 – Blue Jays 3, Phillies 0 – Hutchison down with injury, bullpen does amazing job holding fort.
Game 2- Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5 – Rajai Davis with 10th inning game winning hit..
Game 3 – Blue Jays 6, Phillies 2 – Brett Cecil returns, Colby Rasmus with four hits.
UP NEXT: Blue Jays will start a lengthy nine-game road swing, beginning with a three game set versus the Milwaukee Brewers (30-36).