In a game where the Toronto Blue Jays playedone of their worst games of the seasonand were defeated by the worst team in baseball, some Jays fans are calling for his job.Mark Buerhle took the hill for the Jays; unfortunately it was one of his worst starts in his time with the team.

Buerhle went only four innings, giving up seven hits and four runs, with all of them being earned runs. On the opposite side, a struggling Adam Morgan took to the mound for the Phillies. Morgan was very good, going seven innings only allowing two earned runs in one of his best games of the season. With the loss, Buerhle moved to 13-6 with a respectable ERA (earned run average) of 3.45 while Morgan moved to .500 at 4-4 with a 3.92 ERA.

Yes, losing this game was terrible, but the Jays have bigger questions to ask that could cost skipper John Gibbons his job. They have clearly not been playing the same calibre of baseball since their eleven game win streak was snapped just over a week ago, but could Wednesday’s loss have bigger implications of bad News? It was made public that before the game Russell Martin notified John Gibbons of an apparent groin strain that has been bugging him for some time (which could be a factor in the recent struggles from Martin). Regardless of the news Gibbons knew about, Martin was in the lineup come game two against the Phillies. Martin went 1-4, lowering his average to .115 in the past 7 games.

Maybe it’s Martin’s fault though. I mean, if he truly knows he is injured and can’t compete to his top ability or in this case even near why did he say he was good to go. If you look at the ninth inning when Martin grounded out; he showed us that clearly something is wrong when he merely did a slow jog to first.

Sure, Martin would have been out regardless but the effort was not there.

Now, the big question and something Gibbons will have to address ahead ofFriday's opener against the Angels. Is Martin behind the plate or do they give way to Dioner Navarro? Everyone says the Jays can’t afford to have the same thing happen to Martin as what happened to Jose Reyes and the currently injured Devon Travis.

Yes, it’s an obvious downgrade if Martin has to go on the DL (disabled list) but let’s not forget, Navarro was the Jays #1 last season.And although the team did not make the playoffs, he was one of the bright spots and has filled in rather nicely this season. Sure, Navarro is only batting .216 this season but it’s not too easy to come in once a while and expect to produce at a high level offensively. Martin is batting .244 this season so perhaps he is a better batter, perhaps he has a better arm to throw people out but in the end, if Navarro got stuck behind the plate, the Jays would not lose games because of him. Who knows maybe putting Navarro in will give the team a little bit of a spark as they try to get into the playoffs for the first time in 23 years.

So who is behind the dish on Friday night? We all know Martin loves catching Cy-Young David Price, but is it wise to play the guy who said “I am trying the best I can” or give Navarro the start. Personally, Martin is behind the dish and deserves to catch one of the league’s best.

Game one is Friday night, 10p.m. eastern on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 the fan.

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