Bautista reacts to series sweep
This is going to have to be a quick hitter because I need to go back to my hotel and pack for an early-morning flight back to Toronto. But I wanted to pass along a brief interview with Jose Bautista after the Blue Jays were swept by Baltimore for the first time since 2010.
On the main site, you’ll find full details in the game story on Toronto’s offensive woes. There’s also a notebook outlining yet another setback to the oft-injured Dustin McGowan, item on the starting rotation and Brett Lawrie in the No. 2 spot of the order. Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @gregorMLB.
On the offense seemingly grinding to a halt…
“It’s no secret we didn’t score many runs but we’re going to keep plugging away. It’s a long season, we’re still falling right around .500 and the most encouraging thing is that our pitchers are doing a great job so that’s excellent news and hopefully they can continue to do that. I’m not really worried about our offense, I know we’re going to pick it up. I just hope we do it sooner than later.
“It’s a little bit surprising but I’m not going to dwell on it. We have more important games ahead of us and our pitchers are doing awesome. On the offensive side we’d like to give them better support.”
Farrell said there’s going to be a team meeting before tomorrow’s game against Seattle. Anything in particular you need to say during that meeting as the leader of this group?
“There’s always a meeting, we always prepare on the first day of a series. So, I don’t think there’s going to be anything that’s any different than any other series. Other than just playing hard, trying to lead by example and doing things like that I don’t think I have to do anything extraordinary. If I started doing stuff like that when things are not going great, it’s not going to come natural. I’m not going to go out of my way to do anything to try to bring the team up or anything. I just have to play hard, hopefully these guys do too like they have been doing. It has been a tough last three games, I’m not going to lie to you. We didn’t score many runs and that’s the only reason we didn’t win.”
Was this series a sign that the Orioles have improved from last year?
“It’s too early in the season to know that but I know their pitchers are really hitting their spots and they’re getting us to swing at their pitch. From what we played them last year and how we played them this year, they’ve beat us more than we’ve beaten them … But it’s 162 games, we’re not going to dwell on these three lost games and I’m sure they’re not going to dwell on these three wins. There’s a long road ahead of us and that’s what we’re focused on.”
Do you think guys on this team are pressing at the plate?
“Not at all. I think everybody is going out there trying to have good at-bats. We’re laying off a lot of borderline pitches, we’re hoping that some of these calls go our way eventually and just keep grinding. We’ve never given up in any single game this year so I’m very proud of that.”
And what do you need to do to turn things around?
“Keep grinding at-bats and swinging at good pitches. I’ve got myself out three times today by swinging at bad pitches. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, swing at strikes, that’s all I have to do.”