Jays relievers: 'a safety net'

Jays relievers: “a safety net”< /p> UPDATE DAY

TORONTO – Despite a rather difficult August so far for his team, Blue Jays manager John Schneider is pleased to have several reliable pitchers to use in relief.

“We've been asking them a lot lately and they've answered the call,” Schneider noted of his relievers. It's really good to know that we have this safety net. They are fantastic.”

Obviously, Jordan Romano, who totals 26 saves, is often the one who receives the flowers in Toronto. But naturally several others are needed, before him, in order to set the table. Especially when the starters aren't doing the job…

Since the start of the month, right-handers Anthony Bass and Trevor Richards have been particularly effective for the Jays. In five appearances on the mound, “Richie” gave up a single earned run and thus seems to want to redeem a less impressive start to the campaign.

In the case of Bass, remember that the Jays acquired him from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, August 2, during the trade deadline. Since then, he's done the job nicely, giving up just one run in five and two-thirds innings, totaling six appearances (before Monday night's game).

Eight wins for Cimber

Ontario reliever Zach Pop, also acquired from the Marlins at the same time as Bass, is a little less visible, but hadn't given anything to the opponent since his arrival in Toronto. It thus adds depth.

When Schneider praises his relievers, he certainly thinks of Adam Cimber and David Phelps, who have been used the most by the Jays since the start of the season.

Cimber, with four preserved victories, also shows an astonishing record of 8-4. Only one Jays starter has more winnings than him on his record, Alek Manoah (12-5). The latter will also tread the mound, Tuesday evening, to face the Orioles. His opposite will be Dean Kremer.

A lefty back soon?

Among the injured, reliever Tim Mayza, who suffered a right shoulder dislocation on a play at home plate earlier this month could make a comeback before the end of August. His presence will be more than

welcome since he is too rare a left-hander in the Blue Jays' relief team.

“We have to wait and see how he feels soon, however, mentioned Schneider. The good news is, that's not the shoulder he's using to throw.”