Jays Watch: Reyes' streak to end?

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 AM ET

TORONTO - In filling in his lineup card every game, manager John Farrell often finds himself between the devil and the deep blue sea. With Adam Lind on the disabled list with lower back pain, Farrell gets to chose from either Edwin Encarnacion or Juan Rivera to man the first base position and neither player is off to a stellar start.

Encarnacion has been dreadful in the field, whether at third or first, and leads the team with 10 errors. At the plate he has also yet to hit a home run in 127 at-bats and although he leads the team in doubles with 12, he has just nine RBIs, 10th best on the club.

Rivera, meanwhile, has next to no range at first, but at least what he gets to he usually gets. At the plate he was hitting just .203 with two homers and 11 RBIs before last nights first-at-bat blast. Rivera came into Thursdays game without a hit in his last 12 games and just four in his last 37 at-bats (.108).

Now or never

Due to the rain out in Detroit on Tuesday, Jo-Jo Reyes had his start pushed back a day and he now opens up the three-game series against the struggling Houston Astros on Friday. The hope is the left-hander will finally end his horrid streak of going 26 starts since his last victory which occurred June 13 of 2008 when he beat the Angels of Anaheim.

In his big-league career, Reyes is 5-18 with one of his victories coming against Houston, a team he has gone 1-1 against in four lifetime starts. So, a little history is on his side.

In drawing against the Astros and not the Rays he also gets to go against a last-place team as opposed to the first-place Rays. Houston is 15-29 overall and have lost five in a row. On the road they have gone 6-16.

In his past four starts, Reyes has given up three or fewer runs three times. All signs point to him finally ending his streak.

Minor matters

In Wednesdays victory over Binghamton, New Hampshires Anthony Gose hit a three-run home run, his second of the season. The speedy centre fielder is now hitting .345 (29-for-84) over his last 23 games to raise his batting average to .271. He is also tied for second in the Jays minor league system with 15 stolen bases.


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