The view from Deep Left Discipline on Tuesday’s 4-1 Blue Jays loss in Oakland:
Cole Irvin had the sport of his life Tuesday evening, tying Blue Jays hitters in knots over eight dominant innings of three-hit ball in his ninth major-league begin. Irvin set profession highs in innings (eight), pitches (102) and strikeouts (9). He rang up Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. twice every.
The left-hander wasn’t fully unknown to the Jays — that they had confronted him greater than a handful of instances in spring coaching throughout his 5 years within the Phillies group — however this was Irvin’s first big-league outing in opposition to them and he was excellent.
Irvin had his changeup working fantastically, getting 5 swings-and-misses out of the 29 deliveries that sat seven or eight miles per hour slower than his fastball, which averaged solely 91, resulting in a whole lot of head-shaking on the way in which again to the dugout by a number of Jays hitters.
The southpaw did an incredible job of avoiding exhausting contact in opposition to a group that has been blistering the ball. Solely twice did the Jays hit Irvin’s choices tougher than 100 miles per hour off the bat — a Teoscar Hernandez line-out to centre within the fifth inning and Marcus Semien’s RBI double within the sixth.
- Jays killers: The Oakland lineup featured a few veterans who’ve spent a whole lot of time beating up on the Jays through the years.
Mitch Moreland, who did most of his harm with the Purple Sox and Rangers, was as much as his previous methods. He took Anthony Kay deep the opposite technique to cap Oakland’s four-run second inning, his seventeenth profession dwelling run in opposition to the Jays. The left-handed slugger has hit extra dwelling runs in opposition to only one different group — Oakland, the group for which he’s at present suiting up.
Moreland defied a serious development along with his homer off Kay. It was solely his twenty fourth profession round-tripper in opposition to a lefty, as in comparison with 156 in opposition to right-handers. His profession OPS was 120 factors decrease in opposition to left-handers coming into the sport.
Jed Lowrie was standing on second when Moreland hit his lengthy ball, having doubled within the recreation’s first two runs after notching three hits in Monday evening’s collection opener. It’s been spectacular to see the 37-year-old swing the bat so properly after knee accidents restricted him to eight plate appearances the previous two years. However the Jays are the remedy for what ails Lowrie, who has pushed in 34 runs in 59 profession begins in opposition to them.
- 4-batter blip: Kay made his first look in three weeks, hoping to offer the Jays a greater choice than guys like T.J. Zeuch, Tommy Milone and the since-departed Tanner Roark. He delivered on that promise, however for a run of 4 batters within the backside of the second.
Downside is, that run of 4 batters gave the A’s greater than they wanted to get a win.
Sean Murphy began it by beating out a sluggish curler to the fitting facet — Cavan Biggio was shifted to the center of the diamond and didn’t have an opportunity at what would usually have been a routine grounder to second — and Matt Chapman adopted with a tough line single up the center.
Each runners scored on the Lowrie double, and Moreland adopted along with his two-run homer.
Outdoors of these 4 batters, Kay didn’t permit a success over his 4 innings of labor, strolling two and hitting one other, whereas putting out 4.
Clearly, you possibly can’t simply throw out 4 hitters when taking a look at a pitcher’s outing, but it surely’s significant that Kay was so robust outdoors that little blip. If he learns to do a greater job of reining issues in once they begin to go sideways — and he has fewer than 43 big-league innings beneath his belt — he might wind up being a viable choice on the again finish of the rotation.
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