Brett Cecil
RP TOR
2 days ago

Cecil's recent success is the result of gaining command of his curveball and throwing it more often at the expense of his sinker and cut-fastball, SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the first half of the season, Cecil struggled with his curveball to no end. He threw it for strikes only 32.98 percent of the time, and hitters smashed it to the tune of a .296 batting average and a .519 slugging percentage. That's changed dramatically since the break, as Cecil has dropped the hook in for a strike 49 percent of the time while holding batters to a .167 average against the pitch. The left-hander has been unhittable recently. Over Cecil's last 13 appearances, he's allowed just six hits and no runs while racking up a 12:1 K:BB over eight innings.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
2 weeks ago

Cecil was asked to retire just one batter, David Ortiz, in Sunday's game against the Red Sox. He induced a weak lineout from the power-hitting lefty.

EDGE Analysis

Cecil, typically a late-inning specialist, made an unusual early appearance in relief Sunday. He was called on in the fourth inning with nobody on base and two outs, an atypical low-leverage situation for Cecil. Nonetheless, the left-hander got the job done to extend his scoreless appearance streak to a season-best eight games. Cecil has made four September appearances, allowing two hits and notching four strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
4 weeks ago

Cecil will be relied on heavily during September in high-leverage situations against left-handed hitters, Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blue Jays are expected to call up relief help Friday, their first chance to add reinforcements after rosters expanded Thursday. Left-handers Aaron Loup and Chad Girodo figure to be among those earning consideration for call-ups, but Cecil's clearly the number one lefty. "We certainly think he can help in high-leverage situations down the stretch and I think he's going to come up big for us," Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said. With plenty of moments ahead against left-handed hitters like Chris Davis, David Ortiz and Brian McCann, Cecil will be a busy man down the stretch.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
1 month ago

Cecil (1-7) allowed two runs on two hits while recording just two outs en route to his fourth blown save and seventh loss of the season Sunday against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander spoiled a very strong performance by Jays' starter Marcus Stroman. Cecil was called on with a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth with one out. He promptly got the second out of the frame before Francisco Lindor reached on an infield single, followed up by a two-run off the bat of Indians' third baseman Jose Ramirez. Cecil was enjoying a strong second half of the season before Sunday's blowup, the kind of performance that loses relievers high-leverage opportunities.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
1 month ago

Cecil pitched the final frame, striking out two, in Sunday's 9-2 victory over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander needed just nine pitches to finish off the Astros, one of Cecil's most efficient innings of the year. He's allowed just one earned run over his last 11 appearance, and owns a .130 BAA during that stretch. However, Cecil's fantasy value is limited because he's not pitching in high-leverage situations. Since returning from a triceps injury on June 30, the veteran has just one hold in 19 appearances.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
2 months ago

Cecil (1-6) pitched a spotless eighth inning to pick up the win against the Royals on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Cecil's seventh straight scoreless appearance earned him his first win since last September. Over the stretch, the left-hander has allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out six in 4.2 innings. Cecil, who tied the major league record for consecutive games without allowing an earned run earlier this year, is looking more and more like the dominant pitcher he was a year ago.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
2 months ago

Cecil struck out one in a clean inning Monday versus the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Cecil sliced his way through the heart of the Astros lineup in the bottom of the 12th inning for his sixth straight scoreless appearance. Since returning on June 30 from a triceps injury that sidelined Cecil for more than a month, he owns a 5.40 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 10 innings; however, most of that damage was done in a forgettable appearance on July 20 against the D'Backs when the 30-year-old was only able to record one out while giving up three runs. Overall, the left-hander is having a season to forget, but the organization showed some faith in Cecil when they sent fellow southpaw Franklin Morales packing Sunday. Don't count the veteran out just yet, as he has a ton of potential to rack up holds down the stretch.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
2 months ago

Cecil managed to get just one out before giving up a three-run homer and getting the hook in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 10-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

There's not much more to say about Cecil's struggles outside of what's already on record. This season has been a complete disaster for Cecil, who was expected to be one of the most reliable sources of holds entering the 2016 campaign. He's lost all attractiveness not just out of the Jays' bullpen, but also to fantasy owners in practically any format.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
3 months ago

Cecil enters the All-Star Break with a 5.14 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 21 appearances (14 innings) so far in 2016.

EDGE Analysis

The left-handed Cecil has fallen a long way from where he stood at the end of spring training. He entered 2016 chasing a historic streak, and in the team's fourth game of the season, Cecil tied the MLB record with 38 consecutive games without allowing an earned run. That's when things went awry for the 30-year-old. The following day he failed to break the record, blew the save and lost the game against the Rays. Cecil spiraled from there, finishing April with an 0-5 record, three blown saves and a 5.79 ERA. In a matter of 72 hours in May, he went from the paternity list to the disabled list with a torn lat. The eighth-year veteran returned just before the break, but his fantasy value is still sidelined. From 2013-2015, Cecil combined to play in 189 games and post an impressive 2.67 ERA with 216 strikeouts in 168.1 innings for Toronto. The potential is there, but Cecil simply hasn't had the opportunity to get going in 2016, and fantasy owners shouldn't waste time on the "wait-and-see" approach with Cecil.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
3 months ago

Cecil allowed one run on two hits and struck out one in the seventh inning Thursday against Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

Thursday was the left-handed specialist's fourth appearance since being activated from the DL, and the second straight in which he allowed a run. Despite the high hopes, the results so far haven't been any more encouraging than the 5.23 ERA he posted prior to the triceps injury. Cecil doesn't need to get back to the dominance he showed last season, but he will need to improve if he's going to be used to hold games in high-leverage situations.