After proving just how vulnerable their baseball club really is over the past few games, the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t need anything else to happen that would dig them into a deeper hole than they currently find themselves in. Much to the chagrin of Jays’ fans all over, Kansas City Royals‘ reliever Danny Duffy decided to take matters into his own hands, or at least tried to.
Melky Cabrera was struck on his left shin on Wednesday night, courtesy of the wild and mediocre at best Duffy, and is currently listed as day-to-day with a left shin bruise. The absence of Melky Cabrera not only creates a hole in the Jays’ batting order but it also takes the MLB‘s leader in hits out of the equation, perhaps when the lineup needs his consistency at the plate more than ever.
Although he had a solid day at the plate stepping in for the injured Cabrera, Anthony Gose shouldn’t be someone that the Jays should be all that confident in. The speedster has never amounted to what the Jays have expected from him since he was acquired. The outfielder has struggled at the plate, striking out a total of 97 times in just 347 plate appearances in his professional career. Even though he managed to go 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his 2014 debut, don’t expect Gose to provide the pop or consistency that Melky has so far this season.
Without Cabrera in the lineup and with the pitching struggling as much as it has throughout the first 28 games of the season, the Jays will definitely find it hard to recover from their abundance of injury woes, especially this one. Cabrera was most definitely at the top of his game, and despite the confidence that Alex Anthopoulos and his front office have in their minor league system, they won’t be able to replace their everyday left fielder with someone who can match what he has brought to the table thus far this season. Things could very well get even worse than they already are for the blue birds.