The Toronto Blue Jays have fallen to last place in baseball.
Toronto lost 3-6 on the road to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on June 26.
The loss dropped them to 25-25 in 26 games. If they were in the American League Central, they would be in contention for the lead, but they are in the American League East and have fallen to the bottom of the division. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games.
Starter Alec Manoa’s pitching was disappointing. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks with six strikeouts in three innings.
He had a tough outing, giving up a run in each inning from the first to the third. He allowed seven hits, four of which were hard-hit balls.
According to MLB.com, he has the worst ERA (1.79), walks per nine innings (6.37), and pitches per nine innings (19.08) among the 72 starters who have completed at least one inning. His ERA of 5.53 is the fifth-worst behind him.
He’s not entirely to blame for the loss. His batters have also struggled. They had eight more hits than their opponents, but they weren’t as productive. They went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.먹튀검증
According to local media outlets like Sportsnet, the Blue Jays held their own team meeting after the game.
The team’s starting third baseman, Matt Chapman, kept the meeting private, saying, “We’re all grown men, and it’s up to us. We can’t just rely on the coaches. We have to find a way to win. If we want to win district and make the playoffs, we have to find a way to get back on track. It’s up to us and no one else.”
Head coach John Schneider added: “Our district is a tough district, and our opponents are good teams. And we’re still a good team. We got more hits than they did, but we didn’t have good control at the plate. We were careless on defense. That can’t happen. We just have to be a little more careful in the new series starting tomorrow.”