Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Schedule: Recapping the Month of April
The Toronto Blue Jays have played 22 games since the regular season started up a few weeks ago, and it has already seen its ups and downs. There have been a couple surprises to go along with several disappointments.
There is a lot of baseball left to play, and with the first month out of the way, this article will take a look back at the month of April and hand out a few awards.
Toronto started the season off on a high note, winning their first two series against the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox respectively. They continued on, losing series to Baltimore and Tampa Bay, which evened their record at 6-6.
The Blue Jays are playing the same up-and-down baseball that we are accustomed to. They have currently won two in a row and sit with a 12-10 record as the month of April comes to an end.
Single Game Awards
Best Hitting Performance: There were several great performances to choose from here and I am going to go with Colby Rasmus’ two home run night against the Kansas City Royals. He went 3-for-4 with four RBI and scored three runs himself.
Best Pitching Performance: Toronto ace Ricky Romero takes home the hardware here for his performance against the Boston Red Sox. In 8.1 innings, Romero allowed only one on three hits to pick up the win for not only in the game, but the series as well.
Best TEAM Performance: If you have had any experience as an athlete, whether it is on a professional level or Sunday night three-pitch with your spouse, you probably know that as a game goes on it gets harder and harder to stay focused. That is why the Blue Jays' 16-inning victory on opening night against the Cleveland Indians gets this award.
Best Hitting Performance: The Seattle Mariners felt the wrath of Edwin Encarnacion in a three-game set near the end of April. He went 5-for-9 with three home runs and seven RBI as Toronto picked up the series win two games to one.
Best Pitching Performance: In their home opening series against the Boston Red Sox, Toronto allowed only eight runs in three games en route to a 2-1 series win. This was their best overall pitching performance in April, with Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Drabek and Ricky Romero all throwing great games.
Best TEAM Performance: The seemingly obvious choice here is the Blue Jays' four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. Toronto outscored them 22-12 in that series.
Best Hitting Performance: Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was unbelievable this month. After hitting just .272 with 17 home runs last season, Encarnacion has given Blue Jays fans something to cheer for this season with a .310 average, seven home runs, 20 RBI and four stolen bases.
Best Pitching Performance: Starting the year as the fifth pitcher on the roster, Kyle Drabek had a lot to prove. Fortunately for him and the Blue Jays organization, he has stepped up big time. In four starts, Drabek has an ERA of 2.25 with two wins, a loss and a no decision.
Biggest Surprise: While each of the players listed above could win this award, I am going to go a different route and give the hardware to closer Sergio Santos. When first brought over from the Chicago White Sox, Santos was expected to be the solution to the Jays' bullpen issues. Thus far, he has been anything but that, blowing two saves and allowing five runs in five innings of work. He left the team on paternity leave and is now on the DL with a shoulder injury.
Biggest Disappointment: Most people would give this one to cover boy Jose Bautista as he has the worst batting average among the starters. That said, I am giving the trophy to the man behind him, Adam Lind. Before the season, Lind was looked upon as one of the main keys to Toronto’s success this year. Unfortunately, he is struggling at the plate, with less home runs, RBIs and a worse on base percentage than Joey Bats. If he does not step up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the trade block.