The Toronto Blue Jays lost their seventh game in 10 days last night when the Baltimore Orioles defeated them 4-3. All in all, it was a much better effort from the Jays than we have seen in the past few games but once again, their early inning struggles dug them a hole too deep to get out of.
After leaving last game against the Chicago White Sox with tightness in his back, it didn’t look like R.A. Dickey would be ready for his next scheduled start. But late Monday, the Jays announced he would be good to go.
Dickey was decent against the Orioles with six innings pitched, allowing four earned runs on a season-high 118 pitches. His only downfall was the second inning where he gave up all four runs, which was enough to credit him with his second loss of the season.
Dickey is not the first Jays pitcher to have a rough first few innings. In fact, the Jays have an AL worst -17 run differential in the first two innings. It also doesn’t help that the Jays have now scored three runs or less in 13 of 21 games, with only two wins. So when they get behind early, the chances of them coming back in the game is slim to nil.
When the problems are in the first two innings, it can obviously be pointed at the starting pitching. The Blue Jays rotation have been mediocre at best to start the season, and have for just five wins, with two of them coming from J.A. Happ their fifth starter.
With the Jays sitting last in the AL East, fingers can be pointed to anyone on the team. But until the starting pitching gives them a chance to win every night, the Jays are not going anywhere.
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