April vs. May — Bullpen Picks Up Slack As Rotation Falters, Bats...

April vs. May — Bullpen Picks Up Slack As Rotation Falters, Bats Pick Up


After a disastrous 1-9 run in their first 10 games this year, it’s hard to say if the Jays are slowly turning the corner or not. After posting only 10 wins in their first 30, the Jays went on a 7-1 run, before dropping three straight to Atlanta, and ending the home-and-home series with 1 win in 4 games. And last night the Jays posted a 5-3 loss in extra innings, in the opener of a three-game series with the Orioles to take them to 18-25.

Even though it is early in the year, when looking at differences between their performance in April and May we can see some interesting things.

To date, the Jays have scored a total of 89 runs in the month of May, over the course of 18 games. This equals the number of runs they scored in 25 games in April, moving them from scoring an average of 3.56 runs per game in April to 4.94 per game in May. As well, the Jays have hit 28 home runs so far this May, compared to 22 in April, and an OPS that has improved from .645 to .772.

The pitching staff’s ERA has increased from April (4.14) to May (4.37). Not surprisingly given the injuries to the Jays starting staff the ERA this increase has been driven by the starting staff’s ERA going from  3.77 in April to 5.22 in May. Luckily this decline in performance has been accompanied by an improvement in Jays bullpen, which recorded a 4.70 ERA in April, but to date in May has a 3.26 ERA.

It will be interesting to see what happens to when the starting staff returns to full strength, and of course what will happen to the team’s run production once Tulowitski, Donaldson and Martin return to the lineup. There is certainly a long way to go to even reach .500 ball and leave the cellar, let alone be in contention though.

*Note: GS row refers to starting pitchers, GR row refers to relief pitchers.