A 13-1 loss that secured a four-game split at Fenway Park won’t be the tipping point on how far the front office goes before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. But despite the midday deal for leverage Brad Hand, the playoff criteria were changed Thursday by New York Yankees additions of Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo, with the Seattle Mariners taking over Diego Castillo from the Rays of Tampa Bay, who loved reliever JT Chargois just as much and added perspective in the process, and the Red Sox snatched Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals racks.
As the Blue Jays now return home to play their first game at Rogers Center in 670 days, the response from general manager Ross Atkins and the team will be revealing. There is certainly the need for careful management to avoid becoming the Chicago Cubs in a few years, knocking down a competitor because a farm system deprived of deadlines was too sterile to replenish the big league roster.
But even with the club’s playoff odds at 26.2% after improving to 6-9 against the Red Sox, according to FanGraphs, opportunities to win are scarce and don’t give this group the best opportunity to claim. a wild card and see what happens is a loss of a list objectively better than his record of 51-48.
“Now every game counts and even more when you play in your division, the teams in front of you,” said manager Charlie Montoyo. “Again this team keeps showing that something bad could happen the day before and they forget about it the next day and they are ready to play. That’s what we did this series. It was a great victory. “
The Yankees, as always, aren’t kidding, and general manager Brian Cashman has doubled down on a list with fundamental cracks like the Blue Jays, parting with his No.6, 8, 12, 14, 20 and 22-ranked prospects. Baseball America to get Gallo and Rizzo. In addition to balancing the roster with two left-handed impact hitters, the duo also bolster their new team’s defense, with the Yankees staying below the competitive break-even point by forcing the Cubs to take the tab on Rizzo, allowing them to add more Suite.
The Rays, who earlier added Nelson Cruz, continued to position themselves intelligently for the present and the future by turning Castillo into Chargois and prospect Austin Shenton, an infielder with a .941 OPS over two league seasons. minor, recently promoted to double A. The Mariners, who rocked their club earlier this week by bringing Kendall Graveman closer to the Houston Astros for Canadian infielder Abraham Toro in a four-man trade, consolidated with Castillo, while the Red Sox added further. more noise with Schwarber, picked up for right-hander Aldo Ramirez, a third-level prospect.
Each of these teams are better and while Hand improves the Blue Jays, he will undoubtedly be closing the gap on his own, not in the midst of the other moves made.
More to come for the Blue Jays, but will it be something daring like Jose Berrios or Kenta Maeda of the Minnesota Twins, or Craig Kimbrel and Willson Contreras of the Cubs, or a controllable starter of the Miami Marlins? Or something more in the middle of the road akin to Hand, which cost the Blue Jays a triple-A receiver with backup potential for Riley Adams, a relatively steep price for 20 innings of relief that was slightly better than the league average. .
In what has been a good market for sellers, this is a smart, measured buy. The Blue Jays can do a little more, think Michael Pineda / Jon Gray, or even raise the stake a little for someone like Kyle Gibson, and see if their race differential ultimately equates to more wins.
Their roster may not be ready for the kind of derring-do the Los Angeles Dodgers showed by making a deal with Washington for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, going through two of their best prospects to get there, but there is probably less scope for more impact to be found.
As always, it takes two, and if the teams only want Austin Martin and Gabriel Moreno, now is not the time. But a prospect low in their top 10 and a few dudes who should be caught in the looming 40-man roster crisis shouldn’t disrupt the competitive window’s trajectory too much.
Either way, the moment of truth is coming for the Blue Jays.
“It’s something that comes to your mind a little bit, but at the same time you stay focused on the clubhouse you’re in and the team you have,” said Reese McGuire, who was successful. three doubles. “We’re always joking with each other, like, hey, I think we’re going to step in for you today.” We just give each other bullshit. But it’s a fun time to add coins as well as other players in our organization who will have an opportunity elsewhere. So it’s a good thing all around.
The players on the pitch, heading to their third home stadium of the season, who beat Eduardo Rodriguez by six runs in 3.1 innings – and it could have been more if Hunter Renfroe hadn’t stolen Randal Grichuk a grand slam in the fourth – who rode six innings of the ball to two strokes of a resurgent Ryu, and continued to add from there, deserved it.
Ryu, who pitched despite news of his grandfather’s passing, pitched all four of his shots and mixed them up brilliantly. Not only was he not threatened, but he also smartly erased a few mistakes that threatened to create innings, extending his recent resurgence after a few struggles.
“At the start of the season I felt like there were a few games there where I felt really good with all my throws and control and how the ball was located and how it was moving and everything. , and I showed it again today, ”Ryu said via performer JS Park. “As long as I continue with that and just do what I can do with my throws, I should be able to do pretty well for the rest of the season. “
The Blue Jays will rely on that and look for a helping hand after their return to Toronto
“We’re going to have our own fans,” Montoyo said. “Not that we don’t have fans in Dunedin or Buffalo, but it’s like they’re all our fans, not fans from other places. It’s going to be awesome. Having a game like this and going to Toronto is pretty cool. It’s like doing a trade. We feel good there. “
They have a chance to feel even better before the deadline.