In two games since returning to the Toronto Blue Jays, Melky Cabrera already has three hits in eight at-bats, scored runs in both games, and contributed with an RBI.
In other words, he hasn’t missed a step.
The only problem with that? The Blue Jays haven’t missed a step either … as in a step on their continued downward spiral towards the place just between Disappointment and Absolute Disaster. Cabrera got a pretty good taste of that on Monday, as his 2-for-4 performance was buried underneath a torrent of poor performances, whether it was yet another implosion by Josh Johnson, or the fact that the team made a whopping five errors.
Yeah, none of the pitchers even had a chance in the 14-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers that drops the team to 45-53.
It’s too bad, really, because the left fielder had been heating up prior to his trip to the DL with knee tendinitis. Despite essentially playing at well below 100 percent for much of the year, Cabrera has hit in all but one of his last 11 games, and had cut down his strikeouts in June.
That momentum has come back with him since returning to the turf in Toronto as he tries to pull himself from the -0.5 fWAR hole … but as it happens, even that is potentially at risk of being cut short before it has a chance to really bloom too, thanks to the potential fallout from MLB‘s investigation into the Biogenesis scandal.
If Cabrera is found to be linked to the clinic for a separate incident than the one he was already suspended for … let’s just say that the team’s two-year, $16 million contract is going to look pretty bad for a while.
So the story of the former San Francisco Giants darling has from ineffectiveness, to finally getting it together (sort of), to nagging injuries, and now to an off-field distraction that could put the whole miserable season of misadventures to bed — sounds just about right for the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays, no?