The Toronto Blue Jays might be receiving plenty of criticism for how they handled the trade deadline from their fans, but the team has been playing great baseball of late. First, Jays’ fans were upset with what they traded Stroman for. Everyone knew he was on the chopping block. However, Toronto supporters expected to get something more on return.
And then they traded away a fan favorite in Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez was playing awful baseball this season and I don’t see that as much of an issue. Whether he turns it around in Houston is irrelevant, because he clearly had no confidence in Toronto and needed something new. Fans will of course groan if he begins to pitch well in Houston, but playing there might make a huge difference.
While people focus on what the Jays did at the deadline, Bo Bichette quietly made his major league debut. He figures to be the future in Toronto alongside Vlad Jr. Those two together are going to do a lot of damage. Offensively, the future looks really bright for the Blue Jays. Bichette has already hit a home run and is hitting .409 with a .480 OBP in 22 at-bats. Keep an eye on him for the rest of the season and in the future.
The Blue Jays enter Saturday on a five-game winning streak with wins over the Royals and Orioles. So, yeah, this isn’t the toughest schedule for the Blue Jays, but it isn’t like the Jays have been a great team, either. It nevertheless feels nice to go on winning streaks regardless of who it’s against.
Along with the six-game winning streak, the Jays are 6-1 in their last seven games. The offense has been performing, showing a glimpse of what could be in store in the future. Thomas Pannone is expected to take on Dylan Bundy of the Orioles on Saturday at Camden Yards. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Orioles pick.
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A lot more pressure is on the Blue Jays’ rotation with Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez out the door. Even with them, though, the rotation was a dumpster fire to begin with. Other than Stroman, the Jays didn’t have a lockdown starting pitcher to go to. Thomas Pannone certainly isn’t that, though the 25-year-old will have more opportunities to develop with Stroman and Sanchez gone.
Pannone has primarily operated out of the bullpen this season, but he’s also made 4 starts. In his previous three outings, Pannone posted a 9.24 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. His effort on the road has been lackluster, with a 7.89 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Pannone is still searching for his first win as a visitor this season.
It might come today against the Orioles, but I don’t think it’s going to be because of him. The Toronto offense has been seeing the ball well recently, with an average of 8 runs scored in their last seven games. I don’t believe Bundy is going to provide much resistance in this spot.
While Pannone has struggled recently, Bundy has been getting pushed around as well. He goes into this matchup with an ERA of 9.75 with a 2.00 WHIP and .421 OBA in his previous three outings. Bundy will be searching for only his second win of the season at Camden Yards. It isn’t because of a lack of run support, either.
Bundy has gotten rocked at home with an ERA of 6.16 and 1.49 WHIP as opposed to a 4.39 ERA and 1.28 WHIP on the road. With the Jays heating up at the plate, they should have a decent night at the office in Baltimore in this one. I will take a chance on this matchup producing more than 10 runs on the board on Saturday.