An easy way to summarize the first weekend of the Jays season would be to say, it could have ended in disaster. But Toronto’s bullpen and bats came through and bailed out the starting pitching. My favourite moment of the weekend had to be when Jose Bautista homered immediately after Masterson threw inside twice to Kelly Johnson. Also, Edwin Encarnacion has been amazing in the clutch so far.
The big story for me was that Joel Carreno was sent down to AAA. My immediate reaction was that Alex Anthopoulos has high expectations for the starting rotation. And if you think about it, Carreno wasn’t horrible considering that it was only his first career start and the two home runs he gave up were to the same player. After sleeping on it, I think that the Jays are sending him down to get at least one start until later in April. Until then, the Jays can get by with a four man rotation. I think we’ll see Carreno get recalled later this month.
Overall the Jays bats were relatively cold this weekend. It could be due to the weather, or it could have also been caused by all the sinker-ball pitchers Cleveland threw at them. It’ll be interesting to see how the lineup fairs indoors at Rogers Centre tonight versus the Red Sox.
So here are the 3 Stars for the weekend series:
1. The Bullpen
2. Edwin Encarnacion
3. Kelly Johnson