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Blue Jays’ John Gibbons dropped the ball in the 10th inning

April 21st, 2017 at 8:12 AM
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The inner armchair quarterback in me had me questioning the decision of Toronto Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons in sticking with reliever Jason Grilli during the 10th inning yesterday.

The Toronto Blue Jays lost the contest 4-1 in an extra frame at the hands of their division rival from Massachusetts in what turned out to be a great pitching duel between Marco Estrada and Chris Sale.

I am a generally huge supporter of Jays manager John Gibbons even when the skipper feels the wrath and brunt of the burden from unhappy Jays fans who yearn for small ball. I even authored an article earlier this week pledging my allegiance to Gibby during the team’s dreadful start.

However, this time I think Gibby should have yanked Jason Grilli before facing either Andrew Benintendi or Mookie Betts with the game on the line. It was obvious Grilli was off after pitching on back to back days and the 40-year old was already over the 20-pitch count …

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Tags: Aaron Loup, Analysis, Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Chris Coghlan, Chris Sale, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Grilli, John Gibbons, Kendrys Morales, Kevin Pillar, Marco Estrada, Marco Hernandez, Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval, Sandy Leon

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