Tagged: Bautista

The Stench of Odor

I’ve never liked Rougned Odor, but I didn’t know why. Now I do. Doesn’t he look like someone?

What I don’t get about baseball is why it’s not ok to flip a bat in the biggest moment of your career, but it’s ok to shove and punch someone? At least, can we drop the bat flip discussion and talk about what a piece of crap Odor is?

So, yeah, the Jays lost, but that is not the headline of Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The full on brawl was. The Rangers pulled a cheesy move and had their rookie (who’s been in jail by the way, for something foolish like a DUI) hit Jose Bautista in the 8th inning during his last at bat of the game, during the 7th game they’ve played, the last meeting of the year. The umps (same ones from the playoffs against Texas last year), issued warnings which probably fueled the fire. They should have left it alone or ejected the pitcher.

So Bautista slid into Odor without hurting him, then Odor freaks out like the freak that he is. After things settled, Chavez promptly hit Prince Fielder nice and gently in the leg. All in all, 5 Jays were ejected today. Tim Leifer (1st base coach), John Gibbons (manager), Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson (not sure why), and Jesse Chavez. Bizarre and wild game. These two teams are going to go at it for a while.

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Jose’s 1000th game is a loss

Tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers was Jose Bautista’s 1000th game as a Blue Jay.

The Rangers got an early lead in the 2nd when catcher Bobby Wilson hit his 2nd grand slam ever. Estrada had a rough start. There was hope in the 5th but only 1 run scored and the Rangers got another in the 6th on a passed ball. It seemed that the game was lost, but in the top of the 9th, Jose Bautista hit a double. Justin Smoak then brought him in with a home run making the score 5-4. Then, Tulowitzki followed up with a solo shot over the fence, tying the game at 5-5.

Again, I thought the umping was crooked and inconsistent. Obviously I thought he was calling against the Jays more often then for the Rangers. Ezequiel Carrera was again disappointing in centre field.

AND, in the 10th, Drew Stubbs who is not a home run hitter, hits a home run off Gavin Floyd, beating the Jays 6-5 in extra innings.

Did you know…?

Sam Dyson actually started his Major League career in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

R. A. Dickey was drafted by the Texas Rangers 20 years ago!

STAT STUDY

Batting Average = the ratio of a batter’s safe hits per official times at bat = hits/at bats = H/AB.

Walks don’t count in the numerator or denominator. A season batting average over .300 is excellent. For non-pitchers, below .230 is poor, and below .200 is unacceptable. The level .200 is also called the Mendoza Line named after Mario Mendoza, a stellar defensive shortstop with offensive shortcomings (hmm, remind you of anyone?).

Sabermetrics, the study of baseball stats, considers Batting Average a weak measure because it doesn’t correlate well with runs scores, therefore isn’t a great predictor of performance. It doesn’t account for walks or power, as compared to On Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage as well as On-Base Plus Slugging (OPS).

Right now, Michael Saunders is in 9th place in the American League with a AVG of .328. Justin Smoak is the only other regular on the Jays who is over .300. ‘Joey’ Bautista is below .230 and ‘Tulo’ Tulowitzki, Russ Martin and ‘Go-Go’ Goins are all below .200.

The Blue Jay Team AVG of .235 places them 13th out of 15 teams in the AL. They are however 7th in Runs at 150.

Clearly, the offense is the greatest weakness right now and if not for the amazing starting pitching for the most part, the Jays would probably be dead last. But, maybe, just maybe, things are starting to warm up and if all the pieces can fall together, they are going to be awesome.

 

Jays win 4 games in a row

A 2-run homer for Jose Bautista and a 3-run home run for Kevin Pillar, of all people, won the game for the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night. Kevin Pillar is on that much fire that he punished the LA Dodgers for pitching around Justin Smoak to get to him.

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The big show is Saturday’s game with the best pitcher in the Major Leagues, Clayton Kershaw playing in Toronto for the first time. You may have caught a glimpse of him for a quarter at the Raptors game on Thursday night.

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The best pitcher in the league (of his generation) vs. R. A. Dickey? We just have to hope that the Jays get lucky and that the Dodgers have never seen a knuckleball.

TODAY’S LINEUP

Walk off reloaded

via The Big Bat Debate: Time for change to Blue Jays lineup?

I agree with a lineup shuffle. The weakest link right now is Tulowitzki. His AVG is abysmal and he’s right in the middle of the lineup after Encarnacion. Tulo’s poor hitting is negatively affecting Encarnacion as the pitchers are unwilling to give him anything to hit knowing Tulo’s bat is coming up next. You probably can’t swap them because then you’d be giving Tulo even more at bats. Not many options, but could probably move Pillar into the 5th spot. Of course there’s the Diva issue of offending or further affecting Tulo’s confidence by moving him down. He doesn’t seem to respond well to change.

This was my comment 3 days ago at Jays Journal and Gibby must have read it 🙂 because he moved Troy Tulowitzki down into the 6th position in Wednesday nights game versus the Texas Rangers.

This was game 3 of 4 and the series was tied at 1-1. Justin Smoak had historically hit well against their pitcher Lewis, and he had a 2-homer night yesterday so he was put into 5th position. So what happened? Well Edwin Encarnacion got something to hit and drove it high down the left field line for a 2-run homer to tie the game!

Jose Bautista finally got a hit after going something like 0 for 12? And gave the Jays their first run of the evening.

Aaron Sanchez got off to a shaky start but his pitching settled down after giving up 3 runs, and he finished out 7 innings.

And for the second game in a row, they walked off the 9th inning. This time with the bases loaded and off the bat of Russell Martin who got a hit to win the game.

I know, you can’t shake things up too much but these tweaks could have big effects right?

Saunders Squanders

I am sorry but Michael Saunders has no idea how to run bases and he is the key to the missed opportunity to win Monday night. He has made a few mistakes by not running the bases correctly, mostly not waiting to tag and running too far off the bases. Jose Bautista sacrified himself in the epic rematch against Sam Dyson of the Texas Rangers, but Saunders failed to get to 3rd and then he got tagged out at home. Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. Ok, Saunders did get the lone RBI, but still. Darwin Barney should have been brought in to pinch run for Saunders instead of for Justin Smoak later.

Ryan Goins in the 7th should have bunted but instead swung and grounded into a double play. He then decides to put down a crappy bunt in the 9th and gets the lead runner out.

The Jays would have a decent record right now if they could just clean up these basic plays. I mean what’s the point of Spring Training? Just to let the minor leaguers have some fun? The Jays are now 2-7 in 1-run games.

The biggest waste is that R. A. Dickey has finally gotten out of a bad April and actually did well today, but his effort was totally wasted.

It’s not all Cecil’s fault

Despite homeruns by Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar, the Jays couldn’t get the win. Pillar made his first error since last June. And unfortunately, we can’t avoid talking about Brett Cecil again. After Saturday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3, Cecil is now 0-5. This is the most losses in relief at the end of April. Ever. (Well, since 1913). Again, he allowed 3 hits without getting an out.

The scary thing is the Cecil says he can’t change anything and doesn’t want to change anything. He says he feels good and is pitching well.

I’m not to sure. His pitches seem the seem, but the pitch choices may not be. John Gibbons wasn’t happy with his last pitch choice on Saturday.

According to baseball-reference.com he has been playing more high leverage situations in 2016 compared to 2015.

gmLI (game-entering Leverage Index)
2015   1.20
2016   1.96

We know that the Jays have started off slow in the past and weren’t in terrific shape in 2015 when the trade deadline came around hovering at around a .500 record. How are the Jays fairing compared to last April?

PITCHING
2015   2016
W-L           11-12  11-14
ERA            4.78     3.89
OPP AVG   .270     .252
WHIP          1.45      1.30

So if they’re pitching better, why isn’t their record better? Maybe the other teams are that much better? Maybe, but actually the Offense is the reason.

OFFENSE
2015    2016
Team AVG   .248    .232
Runs/Game   5.3       4.0
HR                    28         29
RISP             .276      .220
K/Game         7.7        9.3

The biggest problem is the RISP (runners in scoring position) and too many strikeouts. So…hard to blame Cecil and the bullpen completely. If the offense was living up to it’s name, the Jays would be doing well. The team should probably listen to Josh Donaldson and change their approach at the plate.

Drew Hutchison delivers win for Blue Jays | MLB.com

via Drew Hutchison delivers win for Blue Jays | MLB.com

Starting the season in AAA must be a hard pill for Drew Hutchison to swallow. But he gave a good effort in his spot start on Sunday and the Jays won 6-3 leading to a series win! Everyone got a hit except Troy Tulowitzki who did get a walk. Jose Bautista had a homerun and none other than Ezequiel Carrera who’s had the weekend of his career.

Sadly for Drew, he’ll be back with the Bisons Tuesday. Not only is he not in the big leagues, he’s in BUFFALO! That kinda sucks.