By Shi Davidi, Sportsnet.ca, May 9, 2017
TORONTO – Joe Smith isn’t picky about his role in the bullpen although he’s certainly emerged as an important part of the Toronto Blue Jays’ stabilization over the past couple of weeks.
The veteran righty has pitched the eighth inning in six of the club’s past seven wins, his work especially important with Joe Biagini in the rotation and Jason Grilli seeing lower-leverage work while working through a rut. Of the many improvisations injuries have forced the Blue Jays to make recently, Smith as set-up man plays.
“Whatever we can do to get this thing rolling and get some wins here with five key guys out,” says Smith, a statement that’s more mantra for the Blue Jays, who after Tuesday night’s 6-0 loss to Cleveland are 10-10 since a dreadful 2-11 opening. “When we add them back in the mix, if we can sustain this a little bit right here, it’ll look pretty good.”