Brett Cecil
RP TOR
1 week 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
2 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 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.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
2 months ago

Cecil, who will step back into the role of primary set-up man against lefties, made adjustments to his curveball while on the DL and feels confident he's got the weapon back in a good spot, Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

If that proves true it'll be a huge boon for Cecil, who struggled mightily to locate his curveball in 16 appearances in April and May, posting a lousy 5.23 ERA before his DL stint. It's impossible to understate just how important the curveball is to the southpaw, who used it 41 percent of the time last season and 44 percent in 2014. FanGraphs' Pitch Value metric assigned Cecil's curveball a Runs Above Average of 9.2 in 2015 and 9.3 in 2014. That made it the ninth-best curveball in the majors last season and the sixth-best two years ago. So far this season, Cecil's curveball is ranked eighth worst in baseball at 4.2 runs below average.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
2 months ago

Cecil (triceps) was activated from the 15-day DL Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Cecil has made four rehab appearances as he comes back from a lat injury suffered in May, posting a 2.25 ERA over four innings with High-A Dunedin and Triple-A Buffalo. He'll now rejoin the Blue Jays' bullpen where he'll reassume a 5.23 ERA and 1.94 WHIP over 10.1 frames. To make room on the roster, Ryan Tepera was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

Brett Cecil
RP TOR
2 months ago

Cecil (triceps) will likely rejoin the Blue Jays on Thursday before their series against the Indians, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cecil has made three rehab starts, pitching a combined three innings while giving up two earned runs and three hits during his time in the minors. He was placed on the DL with a left triceps strain in mid-May after a rocky start to the 2016 season, posting a 5.23 ERA with a 1.94 WHIP during 10.1 innings of work. Cecil had been phenomenal out of the bullpen last season for the Blue Jays, and will need to regain that form in order to help the club make another playoff appearance.