Ugh. Well this should really keep the fucking freakouts to a minimum, eh? The Jays — while still holding a 1.5 game lead in the AL East, with plenty of time to play better, add pieces, get healthy, continue the fight, make the playoffs, etc. — lost again to Cincinnati today. The big stories, however, are their other losses. Brett Lawrie is headed to the DL after being hit on the hand – again — by a pitch in the top of the second inning and having to be replaced by Steve Tolleson for the bottom half of the frame. X-rays confirmed he’s fractured his finger, and Lawrie confirmed the obvious to reporters after the game, stating that he’ll be headed to the DL.
Then we have the happy fact that Jose Bautista was also removed from this game, citing hamstring tightness. It’s an issue that has been bothering him for a couple of days, he later told reporters, per a tweet from Gregor Chisholm, though, according to a tweet from Barry Davis, the slugger doesn’t feel too bad, and hopes he won’t have to miss any time, but he wants to see the results of an MRI he’ll have once he returns to Toronto before determining what the next course of action is.
That could be worse, though I’m sure it wont stop the tinfoil hat brigade from being out in full force if it turns out something actually require time on the sidelines, but… well… they were going to find something to be fucking dumb about anyway, weren’t they? On the slightly more positive note, when Bautista came out of the game, Jose Reyes went in. This is positive because Reyes initially wasn’t in the lineup after having to leave yesterday’s game after fouling a ball off his knee.
Fingers crossed for both Jose. Lawrie, though. That’s a tough one.
— Scott MacArthur (@TSNScottyMac) June 22, 2014
Gregor Chisholm adds, via a tweet, that Brett’s comment on when he might return was simply, “I don’t even know. I’m trying to take it all in. It’s one of those things that’s going to get better when it gets better.”
Lawrie’s overall numbers don’t exactly look stupendous, but his ability to switch between third and second base has allowed the Jays to get the best out of the bats of Tolleson and Juan Francisco, shielding them from same sided pitching in a platoon setup that was mighty useful during the club’s hot month of May. And if you swallow hard and play the arbitrary endpoint game, you can take out a brutal first twelve games of season and find he has actually hit quite well for quite some time. Better than that, even! A .276/.326/.472 line since April 13th, which covers his last 233 plate appearances and is good for a 121 wRC+ and .350 wOBA.
Add in his excellent defence at two positions and… well… if you want to get a little nervous about anything right now, this is probably a reasonable place to start. No need to invent horseshit about the Jays somehow being oblivious to the obvious fact that they’ll need to acquire some kind of pitching help, or whatever other twaddle it is some would have us believe has already consigned this season to doom. Oh, does R.A. Dickey continue to be a disappointment? Thanks for fucking noticing.
Lawrie, though. He was, as quietly as a guy like him can be, a very, very important player for this club.
Time for Buffalo’s hottest hitter, Dan Johnson, to dig out his old third baseman’s glove? For Edwin? For Juanfran to keep his? Yeesh. I don’t even want to think about it all just yet.
Hey, but remember, nobody ever said this was going to be easy. All good teams face adversity. We’ll see how it goes. And for fuck sakes, don’t jump out of the roller coaster just because we’re going through a scary bit right now. Take a damn breath and try to enjoy the ride.