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Blue Jays: Yusei Kikuchi struggles early and the rotation question ahead

The starting rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays has been all over the place depending on who is taking the mound. On one side, the team has Alek Manoah and Kevin Gausman, both of whom have earned Cy Young consideration throughout the season and have been pitching well for the Jays. Then there is Ross […] Blue Jays: Yusei Kikuchi struggles early and the rotation question ahead - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Bluebird Banter Aug 8, 2022
Game #109 Preview: Kikuchi vs Lyles

Game #109 Preview: Kikuchi vs Lyles

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports Blue Jays (60-48) vs Orioles (56-52) The Blue Jays head to Baltimore to take on a much improved Orioles team, while also getting their first look at the recently renovated Orioles Park at Camden Yards, including the new and deeper left field wall. We get to see it all starting at 7:05 ET tonight. Blue Jays’ Starter Yusei Kikuchi will head to the mound for the Jays, making his 19th start of the season and third since coming back from injury. He is 4-5 with a 4.86 ERA this year, but has a really gross 5.50 FIP. However, his biggest...
Jays Journal Aug 5, 2022

Blue Jays: Starting Pitch Depth With Stripling on the IL

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed starter Ross Stripling on the 15-day injured list (IL) with a strained right glute/hip. With back of the rotation starter Yusei Kikuchi scuffling, and lefty Hyun Jin Ryu out for the season, the starting pitching depth after the top three is about to be tested. Stripling has played a valuable […] Blue Jays: Starting Pitch Depth With Stripling on the IL - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Bluebird Banter Aug 3, 2022
Batting Missing, Jays Lose to Rays

Batting Missing, Jays Lose to Rays

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Blue Jays 2 Rays 3 Things managers do that make Tom want to drink... Trent Thornton comes into the game in to start the fifth (it wasn’t like the Rays were crushing Yusei Kikuchi, but whatever). Thornton pitches a 3 up, 3 down inning on 11 pitches. Looks great. He is what we laughingly refer to as a long man, and we don’t let him start the sixth. Why? Because we have to look for the guy that doesn’t have it today. We found him. Adam Cimber didn’t look good and gave up the go-ahead run, getting just one out. Mayza comes in (too late) and...
Bluebird Banter Aug 3, 2022
Game #104 Preview: Kikuchi vs Beeks/Yarbrough

Game #104 Preview: Kikuchi vs Beeks/Yarbrough

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Blue Jays (58-45) vs Rays (54-49) The Blue Jays wrap up their short stop in Tampa, playing their second game in 17 hours, getting in and out of the Little Trop of Horrors as quickly as possible. They wrap up their series with the Rays this afternoon/morning, with a ridiculously early 12:10 ET start. Blue Jays’ Starter Yusei Kikuchi will make his second start since coming back from the IL, and will look to build off the success of his last one. Last Thursday against the Tigers, Kikuchi threw 5 innings, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and a walk,...
Jays Journal Jul 29, 2022

Blue Jays: Kikuchi bounces back with five solid innings against the Tigers

After missing the past few weeks on the IL with a neck strain, Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi made his first MLB start since July 5th, facing a struggling Detroit Tigers squad that features one of the lowest all-around batting lines in the league as a team. Kikuchi has had a rollercoaster of a season […] Blue Jays: Kikuchi bounces back with five solid innings against the Tigers - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Bluebird Banter Jul 27, 2022
GameThread Game #98: Cardinals at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #98: Cardinals at Blue Jays

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Jays are going for the mini sweep, and their 8th win in a row. It doesn’t sound like any trade is imminent: With a week to go to trade deadline, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins says "the prices feel very high," which is typical for this point. "Right now, in order to move quickly, you're probably going to pay a premium," he adds.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 27, 2022 This uh...does not inspire much confidence: Yusei Kikuchi will start for the Blue Jays tomorrow. He's changed the grip on his slider to make it more of an...
Bluebird Banter Jul 27, 2022
Wednesday Bantering: Jays Notes

Wednesday Bantering: Jays Notes

Photo by Mark Blinch/ Last night we went to see the touring company of Hamilton. It was very good. And with the Jays winning big, I could watch without worrying. Speaking of worrying, Yusei Kikuchi is starting tomorrow. I was sure the team would leave him on rehab assignment for as long as they could, but I guess someone has to start tomorrow. Late addition. Baseball America has redone their top 100 prospect list. There are 2 Blue Jays on the list. Gabriel Moreno is now #1 on the list. Ricky Tiedemann is #34. .There is a note in the Buffalo Bisons’ game notes...
Bluebird Banter Jul 20, 2022
Blue Jays Mid-Term Report Cards: Yusei Kikuchi

Blue Jays Mid-Term Report Cards: Yusei Kikuchi

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ The Jays signed Yusei Kikuchi to a three-year $37 million contract this summer. Kikuchi is a mass of potential, but getting that potential to show up on the mound is the issue. It doesn’t seem like signing him to a three-year dealt was the best move, at least at the moment. We hoped that Pete Walker would find a way to unlock that potential. And he might, but it hasn’t happened yet. Standard Pitching W L ERA G GS GF ...
Bluebird Banter Jul 16, 2022
Game #92 Preview: Lynch vs Castillo

Game #92 Preview: Lynch vs Castillo

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Royals (36-54) vs Blue Jays (48-43) The Blue Jays continue their series against the short handed Royals this afternoon, playing the third of four games to close out the first half of the season. Today’s game is set to get underway at 3:07 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter Max Castillo has earned himself another look in the absence of Yusei Kikuchi, making his second career start this afternoon. So far in his short career as a Blue Jay, he has thrown 15.2 innings, allowing 6 runs (just 4 earned) on 10 hits and 3 walks, with an impressive 18 strikeouts....
Jays Journal Jul 13, 2022

Blue Jays: Has starter Jose Berrios turned a corner in July?

The Toronto Blue Jays pitching staff has been a sore spot for fans for the majority of the past couple of months. The rotation has been dealt some blows with Hyun Jin Ryu being shut down due to Tommy John surgery, Yusei Kikuchi continuing to struggle on the mound, and the recent injury to Kevin […] Blue Jays: Has starter Jose Berrios turned a corner in July? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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