Getting hard to trust Casey Janssen closing games for Blue Jays

Since the all-star break, Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen has a 9.72 ERA. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Since the all-star break, Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen has a 9.72 ERA. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

The latest Blue Jays dilemma: What to do with Casey Janssen?

After balancing the brilliant and fortunate win Saturday with the heartbreaking defeat of Friday night, manager John Gibbons has a determination to make. With the magnitude of every game growing, how long a leash do you give the Jays veteran closer?

The numbers are rather startling.

Before the all-star break, Janssen had a 1.23 earned-run average, had not given up a home run, had blown just two of 16 saves.

Since the all-star break Janssen has a 9.72 ERA, has relinquished five home runs in just over eight innings pitched and batters are hitting .342 against him.

The same pitcher. Completely different results.

Now, with Adam Lind about to return, with Edwin Encarnacion not far from off, with the Jays in the kind of position where their depth is growing and every opportunity is precious, Gibbons must tread lightly with the normally dependable Janssen.


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