As I returned to my beloved city of Toronto following a much too real personal matter, the Blue Jays rolled into western New York to take on the Yankees. Often I recap each game for our readers; from scoring plays to turning points in the games. Now, if I did that for this past series, you likely would have lost interest after reading the first game’s recap.

So instead, this time I’m going to keep it quick, simple, and as painless as possible.
Yes, the Yankees came in rolling on a seven game win streak, and the favorites to come out of the east. The pitching staff had a sub-two ERA coming into the series, but no one expected this. This was just an onslaught of the Yankees terrorizing the Jays pitching staff.
Let’s start with Derek Fisher. Like many Jays fans, I agree, there’s better people for the job. Obviously, he has had just 16 games under his belt this season. But in the 56 games as a Blue Jay, it is safe to turn the page on this chapter. Now yes, he is only 27 and anything could change; look at Jose Bautista for example. The issue is, we do not have five years to wait around for potential. DFA him and move on, give the corner spots to someone who can use it.
Now the pitching. Only one word can describe it – horrendous. Throughout the series the Jays used every accessible reliever in the pen over the course of three days, and once again in the state of New York, Santiago Espinal was put on the mound. Where he threw a 47.8 MPH pitch… that pretty much can only give you so much insight into how the series went. 43 runs in three days. If that is not what you call embarrassing, I don’t know what is.
Keeping this post short, lastly I want to touch on Danny Jansen. He had three hits last night, so you can’t knock him for that. However, he and Chase Anderson had absolutely zero communication as to what the heck to do. Jansen called for a curveball, Anderson threw a fastball that hit C.B Bucknor off the head, which advanced Brett Gardner to second in the bottom of the second. From there, he looked okay in the third. But communication issues presented themselves again in the bottom of the fourth, when Anderson gave up five home runs. All season long we have seen Jansen framing for pitches on the outside of the strike zone, and as a catcher myself, your framing must be A-1 to avoid your pitchers allowing countless walks.
This is the last time the Jays have to travel to New York this regular season, and thank goodness. Following this series, the Jays gave up franchise records in hits, runs, homeruns, slugging, and ops. They take on the Phillies for a doubleheader today, and two over the weekend, before having a four game series against the Yankees next week, this time in Buffalo. The Jays now sit at 26-23 for the season, and sit in the last and final playoff spot.