Blue Jay bandwagon fans have been happy fans for the past week and a half because when you’re hot, you’re hot. And the Jays have finally looked like the Jays we know and love.
Looking forward to the much anticipated ALCS that begins in 17 hours, I’ve been interested to see the match-up stats between Toronto and Cleveland showing that despite the Jays out-hitting, out-pitching and out-homering Cleveland, the Jays had a 3-4 record against Cleveland this season playing in July and August. I had to look back at the 7 games to figure out how that was possible.
So, looking at the 4 games that were lost, Dickey pitched the first one. That’s ok, Dickey won’t be meeting them this series. The 2nd game lost was July 1st. Remember that 19 inning 1-2 loss on Canada Day when both Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney pitched the final 2 innings? That was the game that effectively took Goins out for the season. And Darwin gave up the homerun to end it. That game for sure could have gone either way and here’s hoping there are no 19 inning games with Barney pitching again in this series.
So that’s 2 losses accounted for. The 3rd loss was another 1-run loss with a 2-3 score on one of the rare occasions when Osuna blew the save by giving up 2 homeruns in the 9th, one to switch-hitter Jose Ramirez. Devon Travis also made 2 errors that game. And the 4th loss was another 1-run 2-3 game where Cecil gave up a 2-run homer to, once again Jose Ramirez, in the bottom of the 8th.
On the flipside, the Jays did get 1 of their 3 wins beating C. Kluber with a score of 17-1. That game probably accounts for much of the lopsided stats.
So overall, looks somewhat hopeful, although, Cleveland has a very different looking bullpen now, particularly due to the acquisition of A. Miller. Here’s hoping that Russell is due to break out of his ‘1-for’ playoffs so far.
Not to dwell on the longest game in the MLB this season at 19 innings. And the Jays lost. But man, what a game against the Cleveland Indians today.
Marcus Stroman looked good today and hopefully is making a come back. Also, the bullpen did a fine job putting up zeros for the 9-10 innings that they played, including Brett Cecil. Unfortunately, the bullpen dried up and Ryan Goins had to pitch, and he put up a zero! But then Darwin Barney gave up a homerun before striking the last batter out. At that point, the Jays were pretty much relinquishing the game anyway.
Vic Carapazza. Home plate umpire.
Forgot to wear his glasses or something. Had an unusual strike zone and couldn’t decide where it began and ended from pitch to pitch. The worst umped game I’ve ever seen. But that wasn’t the worst of it. He couldn’t stand the fact that he didn’t know what he was doing and ejected EE, Gibby, AND Russell Martin. Martin looked like he was going to kill him.
I think it erodes the MLB reputation and the game to let guys like this umpire. IGNORANCE and ARROGANCE are a brutal combination. He really ruined today’s game.
But the Jays also had the bases loaded 3 times and couldn’t score. Mainly because they were so frustrated by the strike zone and had their biggest hitter thrown out.
Tomorrow’s pitcher for Cleveland was used today. No idea who is going to take his place. Hopefully someone Estrada can beat. Jays need some sleep!