After giving up six runs in 0.1 innings on Monday against the Houston Astros for the Toronto Blue Jays, manager John Schneider reportedly considered sending Alek Manoah to AAA to get him some more experience.
John Schneider’s stunning assessment of an upcoming minor league stint for Alek Manoah
“We’ll see,” John Schneider stated, according to Yahoo Sports Canada’s Ethan Diamandas. “We haven’t mentioned it. We’re talking about a really good pitcher who is going through a bad patch… we’re willing to do whatever we feel is necessary to help [him].”
After allowing a grand slam to Corey Julks on Monday against the Astros, the calls from Blue Jays fans for the team to option Alek Manoah to AAA are sure to get louder.
Barstool Baseball reports that after his performance on Monday, Manoah’s ERA for the year is now 6.36.
Manoah had his poorest and shortest start of the season in what has been a difficult year. He’s 0-7 with a 6.85 ERA in his previous ten starts, and he’s only pitched at least six innings once in that span.
Through 58 innings, the 25-year-old has a K:BB ratio of 48:42 and a WHIP of 1.90. Manoah is currently scheduled to play the Twins at home this weekend.
The Blue Jays will be in the thick of a playoff race for the better part of the season and cannot afford to have their starting pitcher perform poorly. Manoah has showed glimpses of his former self, but he still has work to do if he hopes to return to his old form.
The Blue Jays have been eliminated from postseason contention in the American League. It remains to be seen if the Blue Jays remove Manoah from the starting rotation or option him to the minors in response to his performance.