Tag:Jo-Jo Reyes
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 3:36 pm

On Deck: Central hangs in balance

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

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It's all Central, all night on Tuesday...

FisterMastersonBEST MATCHUP: And by best matchup, we mean pitching matchup, not the best for the ratings. But even past the pitchers, there's a pretty intriguing storyline going on in this game. Detroit is in command of first place in the AL Central, with Cleveland four games back and sliding. If the Indians win tonight, they stay in the hunt. But more intriguing is what happens if they lose, because that could mean a fall to third place if the White Sox win on Tuesday (see below). Doug Fister, making his second start since being added from Seattle at the trade deadline, will go up against Indians ace Justin Masterson (or is Ubaldo Jimenez their ace now?). Masterson has been on a roll all season and struck out nine Red Sox over six innings last time out. The two clubs face each other 12 more times in the last 50 games, so first place is definitely not secure. Tigers vs. Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET

White SoxRISING: Yep, here the White Sox come. Winners of four straight, things are starting to look up in Chicago, even as Adam Dunn and Alex Rios occupy very expensive seats on the pine. At least they can free the bench from splinters. In all seriousness, Chicago deleted one of its better starting pitchers at the trade deadline in Edwin Jackson, but have received contributions from the two players they fetched in return from Toronto. Zach Stewart made a solid spot-start the other day while Jason Frasor has helped stabilize the bullpen. Gavin Floyd will battle Jo-Jo Reyes on Tuesday. Reyes is also an ex-Blue Jay, with Baltimore claiming him off waivers late last week. A win with an Indians loss will vault the ChiSox into second. It's not every day White Sox fans root for the Tigers, but tonight, that will be the case. White Sox vs. Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET

BrewersCardsRACE FOR FIRST: We're still chatting about the Central division, but let's switch leagues over to the NL, when a four-game winning streak will be snapped. Both Milwaukee and St. Louis have paced each other the last four games out, with the Brew Crew holding a three-game lead for the division title. The Pirates and Reds are for all intents and purposes down and out, leaving a two-horse race down the stretch. Shaun Marcum has been huge for Milwaukee with a 10-3 record and 3.58 ERA, and he'll be going up against Edwin Jackson, who gave up just one run in his Cardinals debut over seven innings against the Cubs, but coughed up eight earned in seven innings against Milwaukee on August 3, as skipper Tony La Russa improbably left him in the game too long, claiming the bullpen needed to be saved. Brewers vs. Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 2:07 pm

Orioles release Duchscherer, claim Reyes

By Evan Brunell

DuchschererThe Orioles released right-handed starter Justin Duchscherer on Monday, the Orioles' website reports, while Jo-Jo Reyes has been claimed off waivers from Toronto, MLB Trade Rumors adds.

Signed as a free agent, Duchscherer didn't throw one pitch for Baltimore after struggling in spring training with a left hip strain that developed into requiring back surgery. It's the fifth straight year "The Duke" has required surgery and the third that has kept the righty out for a significant period of time.

Baltimore signed Duchscherer along with Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero in hopes the trio could push Baltimore into relevancy, but all three have suffered poor seasons and/or injuries, and Baltimore is in last place in the AL East, 23 games behind Boston.

The release is curious, given Duchscherer was on the 60-day disabled list and was not occupying a 40-man spot. Still, he was a lost cause for the rest of the season, so his release doesn't affect much.

Reyes is a flier, and not much else. Despite Toronto being fans of his talent, the lefty just couldn't put it together, posting a 5.40 ERA in 20 starts, striking out 64 and walking 35 in 110 innings. He was also smoked for 14 home runs, giving him 47 home-runs allowed in 304 career innings. It's a no-lose proposition for the O's to take a chance on Reyes for the rest of the season, but don't expect much.

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:42 am
Edited on: July 3, 2011 11:14 am

On Deck: Cliff Lee looks for 4th straight shutout

By C. Trent Rosecrans 

Cliff LeeTHE AMAZING Cliff Lee: Things aren't looking good for the Blue Jays in their rematch of the 1993 World Series, Toronto dropped the first two games and now face Cliff Lee. Lee enters Sunday's game riding streaks of three consecutive shutouts and 32 consecutive scoreless innings. The Phillies' lefty allowed just one run in five June starts, sporting an amazing 0.21 ERA in the month, lowering his season mark to 2.66. Lee is 2-3 with a 3.81 ERA in five career starts at Rogers Centre. Jo-Jo Reyes, no stranger to streaks, is on the hill for the Blue Jays. Phillies at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Every year the Indians and Reds play for the Ohio Cup, an actual three-foot high trophy, awarded to the winning team of the season series. Since the actual trophy debuted, it had belonged to the Reds, but with Cleveland's win on Friday, coupled with a sweep at Progressive Field in May, the Indians clinched their first Ohio Cup and today will go for the first sweep in series history. Right-hander Mike Leake (7-4, 3.89 ERA) is making his first start against the in-state rivals, while Mitch Talbot allowed just one run in seven innings in his lone start against the Reds, last season at Great American Ball Park. Indians at Reds, 1:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

BIG DEBUT: Nearly a year after last year's big trade that sent Lee from Seattle to Texas, one of the key pieces of the trade will make his big-league debut. Right-hander Blake Beavan, a 2007 first-round pick by the Rangers, starts today against San Diego's Mat Latos. Beavan was acquired along with first baseman Justin Smoak, reliever Josh Lueke and second baseman Matt Lawson. Beavan was 5-3 with a 4.45 ERA at Triple-A Tacoma, with 64 strikeouts and 20 walks in 93 innings. Of the four players acquired by the Mariners in the trade, Beavan is the third member of the group to appear in the big leagues. Smoak is hitting .242/.344/.446 with 12 home runs for the Mariners, while Lueke pitched in eight games -- allowing 12 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings -- before being sent down to Triple-A and the Mariners traded Lawson to Cleveland for lefty Aaron Laffey. Lawson is still at Double-A. Padres at Mariners, 4:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:44 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 9:40 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Lee dominates Red Sox


By Evan Brunell

3 UpCliff Lee, Phillies -- Lee is so dominant, he befuddled the best offense in baseball. The lefty gave up two hits and walked one while punching out five in a complete-game shutout, his third straight. As Jayson Stark reports, Lee is just the third Phillies starter to ever run up a 30-plus inning scoreless streak -- Robin Roberts in 1950 and Grover C. Alexander twice, setting the record at 41 1/3. James Shields also has three complete games, but not shutouts, which pushed Lee's overall June ERA to a scorching 0.21 and Lee is proving once again why he is one of the best players in the game.

Jose Reyes, Mets -- Reyes has appeared often in this space, and for good reason. He had a 4-for-4 night, contributing a double and triple. The triple was his 15th on the year, which @dte421 notes would have led baseball in 20 of the past 25 seasons, and he's in his 67th game. Reyes was hitting .300 mere days ago and is all the way up to .349 now.

Gio Gonzalez, Athletics -- Gio Gonzalez tossed a one-hitter over eight innings, and if he had some luck against Emilio Bonifacio to lead off the game, could have entered the ninth with a chance for a no-hitter. Instead, after Bonifacio's single to right, Gonzalez held hitters to 0-for-23 with three walks, throwing 106 pitches, which no doubt contributed to him not coming out for the ninth. Gio still has shaky command, but it's progressed dramatically and he's having a fine year with a 2.38 ERA. The Marlins have now dropped 13 in a row and are 3-22 in June.

3 DownZack Greinke, Brewers -- Greinke had a scintillating 80/9 K/BB ratio, but somehow a 4.77 ERA. That pointed to better things ahead, but Tuesday, Greinke collapsed entirely by walking three batters and not striking a single Yankee out in being crushed over two innings. He gave up five hits and seven earned runs, including a Nick Swisher blast. Greinke's peripherals still point to a great season, but he's clearly not right.

Jo-Jo Reyes, Blue Jays -- In 282 2/3 innings as a major leaguer, Jo-Jo Reyes has given up 44 homers. One of those was Tuesday when he was rocked in 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a loss to the Pirates. But that walk number is misleading as to how his command was -- just six of his 30 four-seam fastballs hit the strike zone, as The Score notes.

Michael Pineda, Mariners -- Apparently it was a bad night for good pitchers. The rookie Pineda, who has absolutely dazzled this year and is in pole position for Rookie of the Year, gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings to the Braves. Not great, but he walked five and gave up a homer. Those looking on the bright side will note just four hits allowed and five strikeouts. That's all well and good, but it was a bizarre loss of command for Pineda. For now, chalk it up to an off night.

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Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:40 pm

Blue Jays' Reyes finally wins

Jo-Jo Reyes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Congratulations to Jo-Jo Reyes.

Not that we here at Eye on Baseball are Blue Jays fans or Reyes fans, it's just that you never want to see someone break a record like most consecutive starts without a win, one he now shares -- but doesn't own alone -- with Oakland's Matt Keough (1978-79) and Boston's Cliff Curtis (1910-11) at 28.

Reyes not only broke his streak, but he did it in style, throwing his first career complete game and allowing just one run as the Blue Jays routed the Indians 11-1 at Rogers Centre.

"Even before I came out, we believed," Reyes said. "It was just a fun game."

Reyes gave up eight hits and walked four, while striking out four. He lowered his ERA to 4.15, but more importantly raised his record to 1-4. His last victory came in a  Braves uniform on June 13, 2008. In his 28 starts between then and tonight, he was 0-13 with a 6.59 ERA. Twice this season, he was the victim of blown saves.

There was little drama for the Jays, who took a 2-0 lead in the third and after the Indians answer with a run in the top of the fourth on Shelly Duncan's homer, Toronto exploded for seven runs in the fourth.

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:37 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 5:40 pm

Reyes making dubious history

By Matt Snyder

Blue Jays starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes entered rare air Wednesday when he took the loss against the Yankees. He has now gone 28 straight starts without a win, tying him for the major-league record drought with Matt Keough -- who set the record while pitching for the A's in 1978-79.

The last time Reyes went home with a "W" was June 13, 2008.

It's interesting to think about this record. By no means does it make someone the worst pitcher ever.

First of all, wins as a stat are flawed in judging pitchers, especially when it comes to small samples. Tons of factors weigh in on a pitcher's record, including defense, run support, the bullpen and the opposition. A pitcher can only control so much, which is why advanced metrics have gained steam. It isn't to absolve the pitcher of responsibility, it's to try and more accurately judge pitchers.

Secondly, if a pitcher was really one of the worst of all-time, his ballclubs would not continue to run him out there as a starting pitcher. It's arguably the most important job in a given game, so why would a manager keep a terrible pitcher in the rotation for 28 straight starts? We know the answer. He wouldn't. Reyes obviously has enough ability to convince his managers to keep him in the rotation -- especially since the Blue Jays have Marc Rzepczynski in the bullpen. Keep in mind, Reyes had a 4.07 ERA heading into Wednesday's start, which is by no means bad. He had a 3.06 ERA over his previous six outings. He threw seven scoreless innings against the Astros last time out and his bullpen blew the game.

On the other hand, Reyes isn't exactly awesome, either. We can't completely discount 28 starts without a single victory. Any good pitcher would at least luck into a handful of wins within that many starts. His career ERA is in the 6.00-range now, and he only has three quality starts in 10 tries this season. He was terrible against the Yankees Wednesday and hasn't worked past the seventh inning all season -- and if you don't want to trust anyone else, you gotta go out there and complete the thing on your own.

The next time Reyes takes the mound, he's at risk to becoming the pitcher with the longest winless streak in big-league history. That's a record no one would want, regardless of the circumstances.

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Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:59 am

On Deck: Remember us?


By Matt Snyder

We've got the usual full slate of games on Sunday and expect to see a lot of pink on Mother's Day. Also, for fun, count the number of times Chris Berman says "Mother's Day" on Baseball Tonight. I would say to make it a drinking game, but I don't want to be the root of alcohol poisoning. Lots of good games today, including the ones in Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Texas, but here are your three storylines of the day.

CHAMPS ON THE PROWL: After back-to-back walk-off victories against the Rockies, the Giants are now only two games back in the NL West -- the closest they've been to first place since April 9. The champs have now won four of five games and are back above .500 for the first time since April 22. Meanwhile, the Rockies have now lost three straight games in walk-off fashion and five of six overall. They've been in first place since April 6, but a loss Sunday to the Giants would knock the division lead down to a mere game. Things haven't been that close for the Rocks since April 9. Jorge De La Rosa (4-0, 2.92) toes the slab for the Rockies while Ryan Vogelsong (1-0, 4.40) get the ball for the Giants. Of course, it could always come down the respective bullpens ... again.

BEST PITCHING MATCHUP: ESPN chose the correct game for Sunday Night Baseball. The Phillies enter the game with the best record in the National League while the Braves have been playing good baseball of late, having a six-game winning streak snapped Saturday night. They'll look to start another winning streak with Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.52) taking the hill. Jurrjens has had great success in Citizen's Bank Park. In five career starts there, he sports a 1.87 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. His counterpart Sunday night is no slouch, either, as Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66) will go for the Phillies. If you throw out Hamels' first disastrous outing, he's 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA. He's already handled the Braves with ease this season, working seven shutout innings, allowing five baserunners and striking out eight hitters in getting the win on April 10.

NO NO-NO: We can safely say there isn't going to be another no-hitter in Toronto, and not simply from an odds perspective. Brad Penny (2-3, 5.23), the Tigers' follow-up act to Justin Verlander's no-hitter, has allowed 40 hits in 41 1/3 innings this season. He has had some good outings, but only three quality starts in seven tries. Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2, 4.66) gets the assignment for the Blue Jays, and he's coughed up 37 hits in 29 innings.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2011 6:43 pm

Jays' Francisco, Morrow to return soon

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brandon Morrow The Blue Jays pitching staff should be better this week, gaining a closer and potential ace, as Frank Francisco and Brandon Morrow are scheduled to return from the disabled list.

Both pitchers threw at Class A Dunedin on Sunday and are scheduled to re-join the team later this week. Francisco is scheduled to join the team Tuesday when the Yankees come to town. Toronto plays tomorrow morning in Boston for Patriot's Day.

Morrow, 26, was 10-7 with a  4.49 ERA last season, his first in Toronto and first as a full-time starter. Those numbers were from a pitcher just getting used to starting -- from June through August, he had a 3.14 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. He struck out 10.9 batters per nine innings last season and in five starts in August last season, he averaged 14.5 strikeouts per nine, including 17 in his no-hit bid that went into the ninth inning against the Rays on Aug. 8. He also struck out 12 Yankees in six innings later that month.

Currently on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, Morrow went four innings , allowing three hits and two runs, walking three and striking out five. He should be ready to pitch later this week for the Blue Jays, taking the spot of either Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2, 6.75 ERA) or Jesse Litsch (1-1, 3.63 ERA).

Francisco allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief. It was his fifth minor-league appearance.

While Francisco was tabbed as the team's closer during spring training, Jon Rauch has converted all three save opportunities in his steed.

"We're not going to not acknowledge what Jon has done," Blue Jays manager Jon Farrell told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm . "That was as crisp of an inning the other night when he came into the ninth that you'd ever want to see. Frankie coming back will give us options."

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