I didn’t expect Gustavo Chacin to come out and dominate a team like Oakland after sitting out for more than two months, but I also didn’t expect him to implode as quickly as he did on Wednesday. Here is his line:
Chacin — 1.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 HR, 61-35
I don’t think the left elbow injury was a factor. I believe this was more rust than anything else. It’s still the third inning here at the Rogers Centre, so I won’t know anything for sure until we speak with Gus after the game.
Chacin’s style is such that he’ll throw a lot of pitches, he’ll walk guys, he’ll give up some runs, but he can also minimize the damage enough to give the offense a chance to win. That’s been his style since last year. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case on Wednesday. Hopefully he’ll be able to get back to form from here on out. It’s the first time this year (I believe) that Toronto has had it’s top four pitchers all in the rotation (not counting Josh Towers) and it’ll be interesting to see what might have been for the rest of the year.
–Justin Speier said yesterday that he believes he could be back by Sept. 6-7. The day before, Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi estimated the pitcher might be able to return before September. I guess we’ll have to wait and see whose prediction was more in line. Speier said he has two bullpen sessions and a simulated game on the schedule before he can come back.
–Manager John Gibbons indicated today that rookie righty Dustin McGowan, who was optioned to Triple-A last night, is out of options after this season. That means he has to make the big league roster out of Spring Training next year or he’ll be exposed to waivers and up for grabs. This will be an interesting situation to keep an eye on for next year, considering that Toronto still hasn’t figured out exactly if they like McGowan better as a starter or as a reliever.
–On Tuesday night, the Blue Jays began using a loud horn — like one you’d hear from a large ship — after a home run and after the team’s win. I guess this is a new idea that the club is testing out. Mark Polishuk, a part-time writer for MLB.com, said to me today: "Maybe it’s to signal that the ship isn’t sinking."
–Troy Glaus entered Wednesday with 999 hits for his career. As of right now, he’s 0-for-2 through four innings. Speaking of Glaus, his 34 homers this year are the most by a Blue Jay since Carlos Delgado hit 42 in ’03.