Those who saw Tim Mayza exit yesterday’s Blue Jays game won’t be surprised to hear he will miss the rest of this season and all of 2020 after tearing his UCL, per sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith (via Twitter).
Mazya, 27, has been a big piece of Toronto’s pen this year, often in a situational capacity, though he did rack up 18 holds. Across 68 appearances, the big lefty has a 4.91 ERA/4.73 FIP spanning 51 1/3 innings.
His numbers regressed a tad this year as he reworked an arsenal that formerly featured a four-seamer/slider mix. This year, he relegated the four-seamer to the backseat and drove a revamped arsenal with a sinker as the primary offering, clocked at 94.3 mph.
The result was a slight decline in year-over-year strikeout rate (from 26.5% to 24.2%), an increase in walk rate (from 9.3% to 11.0%), and an increase in hard contact allowed. It’s not all bad, however, as he’s burning worms and depressing launch angle with more regularity this year, though it hasn’t helped his home run rate.
With Tommy John surgery now in the offing, Mayza likely won’t see game action until the 2021 season.