Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for Toronto Blue Jays starter Alek Manoah, the right-hander took the mound on Monday against the Houston Astros and surrendered six earned runs on seven hits and a walk in ... 1/3 of an inning. He recorded one out before being removed from the game.
New York Yankees fans certainly had their fun clowning on Manoah and the Jays back on May 15 when they shelled him for five earned runs on six hits and seven walks, but they might be having even more fun in the coming days.
After the loss to Houston, manager John Schneider spoke to the media and said "everything's on the table" in regard to fixing Manoah.
If you really want to get a laugh, MLB Trade Rumors posted an ongoing poll this week asking "What should the Jays do with Alek Manoah?" and the options are 1) keep him in the rotation; 2) option him to the minors; 3) move him to the bullpen in the short term; 4) other (specify in comments).
We wanted option two. We want chaos and chaos only. But ... did anyone see this coming? On Tuesday, Manoah wasn't optioned to Triple-A. He was optioned ... to the Florida Complex League.
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Manoah now sports a 6.35 ERA, 6.52 FIP and 1.90 WHIP with just 48 strikeouts across 13 starts (58 innings). Looking for a silver lining in his advanced/peripheral metrics? You won't find any! His Savant page is deplorable.
This was a guy who finished eighth in the Rookie of the Year voting two years ago. He was a top-three finalist for the AL Cy Young award last year. He quickly became a famous Yankees agitator after owning them in his MLB debut, subsequently after, and talking trash to Gerrit Cole on multiple occasions.
Now? Triple-A Buffalo would be a significant step up. He's got some stuff to work out.
Is this just a bump in the road for Manoah? Is the pitch clock really hurting his play this badly? Could it be the fact he swapped his fastball and sinker in terms of usage year over year? Is it an injury we don't know about? He was legitimately one of the best pitchers in baseball across his first career 51 starts and now he's unusable.
Whatever it is, Blue Jays fans better be on high alert, because now that he's been optioned, Twitter will be a scary place to be.