TORONTO - The Blue Jays lost 5-4 to the Angels on Wednesday, snapping a streak of four consecutive series victories.
R.A. Dickey pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs. His streak of 15-straight starts working at least six innings came to an end.
Prior to the game, Toronto Star baseball columnist Richard Griffin, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm and I convened for the latest edition of the Baseball Podcast. Topics we cover include the handling, and the future, of Ricky Romero; the performance of the Blue Jays' young call ups; manager John Gibbons and the two-game exhibition set the Jays will play in Montreal next March.
To listen, click here.
Meantime, in other news:
ENCARNACION STILL BANGED UP
Edwin Encarnacion, bothered by a sore left wrist, still isn't ready to return to the Blue Jays' lineup.
His status begs the question; could Encarnacion's season be over?
"There's always that chance but we don't think so," said manager John Gibbons. "There's not a whole lot of season left either, though."
Encarnacion, who's been the Blue Jays' best all-around hitter for the last two seasons, has a slash line of .276/.375/.542. With 36 home runs, if Encarnacion returns soon he'll have a shot at back to back 40 home run seasons.
"He feels better," said Gibbons. "He's not good enough to play today."
GOSE'S HITTING MECHANICS
Anthony Gose isn't shy about the reason why he's trying to eliminate a leg kick from his swing.
"Because I suck with it," said Gose.
Gose, hitting .244 with a .661 OPS in 90 major league plate appearances this season, met with manager John Gibbons and hitting coach Chad Mottola about his struggles.
The agreed upon solution: Less leg kick.
"It's a process," said Gose. "It looks good in the cage without it but obviously, still in the game, on video and everything there's still a little kick there. Just trying to slowly eliminate it."
OUTFIELDERS VYING FOR PLAYING TIME
Colby Rasmus is expected to return this weekend from a month-long stint on the disabled list.
Manager John Gibbons has difficult decisions to make when it comes to doling out playing time amongst Rasmus, Anthony Gose, Rajai Davis, Moises Sierra and Kevin Pillar.
"Yeah we're still going to let the kids play some but he'll get back in there," said Gibbons. "We might give him a day off or two. He'll play. We might give him a day off here or there. We want to keep those guys working too. I mean, heck, how many games we got left? If he gets in this weekend what do we have left, 14 games?"
Rasmus, who is arbitration eligible and will be due a raise over the $4.68-million he made this season, is two home runs shy of hitting 20 for a third time in his career.
Davis, set to test the free agent waters for the first time, has 40 stolen bases for the fourth time in his career and would like to add to the total.
Meantime, the three kids are looking for playing time and a continued opportunity to prove they fit in the Blue Jays' plans for 2014.