“Whether guys are missing time or it didn’t quite play out the way they thought it would and that’s part of the game”.
Anthopoulos stressed throughout a morning media session that it is impossible to speak with precision about Tulowitzki’s recovery time, or how much he will be able to play initially if he does return this season. What is undeniable is that the playoffs will be enlivened immeasurably by the presence of the Blue Jays – and of their fans, who really know how to travel. “Since, like, the acquisitions, they’ve been showing up everywhere on the road, too”. He has lived up to it of late, giving up one run in 16 innings in his last two starts against the Blue Jays.
In the field, Ryan Goins will fill in at shortstop for Tulowitzki, with Cliff Pennington manning second base. It is a changed team that arrived in the Bronx for a signifying series. After pitching to a 3.31 ERA over his first 23 starts, he has a 6.98 ERA in his last four. The slider is easily his best pitch and it’s the weapon he uses to get most of his strikeouts. Which, given his earlier history against the Yankees, must have come as a great relief.
That was merely the prelim, however.
The soon-to-be 31-year-old was hitting.232/.314/.368 (.682 OPS) in 39 games with Toronto.
All Tulowitzki can do is rest and receive treatment. This is baseball, however, so you know that didn’t last.
Meanwhile, Anthopoulos indicated that the Jays’ infield defence will remain strong in Tulowitzki’s absence.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis and a return to the lineup look unlikely this season, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Since then, the trade that brought him here has been cited as the moment that turned the season around. He was to have an MRI, and Toronto said it did not expect the result of that scan until Sunday.
Tulowitzki backpedaled into short center to catch Didi Gregorius’ popup with two outs.
Unfortunately for the Jays, it was a weekend that did not come without some casualties.
Pillar seemed to be OK – thanks for asking!
Although Pillar blamed himself on Saturday, calling the incident avoidable, Tulowitzki said he doesn’t blame his teammate. The Blue Jays acquired Darwin Barney from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday for Double-A catcher Jack Murphy to soften the blow of losing Tulowitzki. Then Tulowitzki simply collapsed.
“I’m sore”, Tulowitzki said.
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, left, looks back as team… “He had the ball and he went right down”.
“We need to keep the pedal down”, he said. “Hopefully, this will be something that just makes our story that much more special”.
“A fluke thing, freak thing”, he said.
To his credit, Tulowitzki appeared to take Pillar off the hook. But even as Tanaka managed to reestablish some sort of order on behalf of the Yankees, the differences between the two teams were clear and striking. Pennington displayed exceptional range and arm strength on Saturday. Smoak was 3-for-12 with a two-run homer in Game 1 of the New York series but is hitting just.195 with seven homers post-all-star break. “We heard our people out there”.