[Russell Martin] said that the Blue Jays were essentially stealing signs from the get-go, which might have helped them build a big lead with an eight-run first inning.
“You move your head one way it’s a fastball, you move your head the other way it’s a slider,” Martin said. “It was pretty blatant.”
Martin didn’t pick up on it enough to change the signs until the fourth inning, when Jose Bautista was on second base. When he did switch his signals, second baseman Aaron Hill struck out on a curveball in the dirt by Hector Noesi.
But Martin didn’t have any problem with them trying to pick up his signs and relay them.
“It’s up to us to catch it and change the signs,” he said. “I’m not blaming them for anything. … It’s one of those things you don’t really talk about, but it’s part of baseball. It’s always been.”
Colon wasn’t absolutely horrible last night. Sure he did look tentative on his legs, but the eight-run first inning was largely a result of a missed play by Brett Gardner and an error by Eduardo Nunez. Throw on this idea that the Jays were stealing signs and it does make last night’s loss easier to swallow.
The bottom line is that it is just one game and there were a number of freak things that had to happen for the Jays to jump all over the Yankees like that. The Yankees should be in better shape tonight. Not only can they be on the look out for sign stealing, but Jose Bautista is not expected to play after hurting his ankle yesterday. Now if only they could figure out a way for Nunez to not make so many errors and they’ll be fine.