Tagged: New York Yankees

Barney…Rubble…Trouble!

I had the chance to see this game live. Throughout the game, I was contemplating the large number of law enforcement and security around the perimeter of the field. And then it happened. Two police pinning down and cuffing someone in left field and escorting him out through the bullpen. No idea what he was doing.

Blue Jays win the series today with a 4-1 win over CC Sabathia and the NY Yankees. Justin Smoak homered for the Jays. Not sure where A-Rod was but he wasn’t in the lineup today.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

I give this to Darwin Barney mainly because he doesn’t get much recognition. Pillar would be a close second. Barney had the most dramatic hit with a 2-out single to right field leading to 2 RBIs. He astutely rounded 1st to 2nd to draw the plays to him, to help ensure the 2nd run could get home. That and right field was being played by Refsnyder, usually a 2nd baseman, instead of Aaron Hicks who has the better cannon.

Barney also ends the 8th with a great catch in foul territory against the wall.

CATCH OF THE GAME

Kevin Pillar contributed big time with driving in the go ahead run. He also made a Superman style catch and a couple of other great catches. He was busy today.

REINFORCING THE BULLPEN

The Jays have signed 39-year-old Jason Grilli from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for a prospect, in the hopes that he can turn things around for himself and contribute.

STANDINGS

The Jays are now still in 3rd place in the AL East but W-L 28-26 (.519). This is the first time they have been 2 games above .500 since their 3rd game. They’re 5 games behind Boston, and 2 games behind in the Wild Card race (if there is a race at this stage of the game).

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Goins to get me some

Nice game today. A bit of everything. Estrada was awesome and finished out 8 shutout innings. Pillar hits a double. Ryan executes a perfect bunt to advance him to 3rd, but neither Bautista nor Donaldson could drive him in. That was kind of disappointing. Then in the 9th, Aaron Loup who was great yesterday struckout one, but then hits the batter and then gives up a homer. He’s replaced with Drew Storen and everyone was nervous. He promptly gave up a double. So Jesse Chavez and Chad Girodo both madly start warming up. But fortunately he got his 2 outs without any further damage and the Jays win!

PLAYER OF THE GAME

I definitely have to give that to Marco Estrada. He went 8 innings and only gave up 3 hits shutting out the Yanks.

HITTER OF THE GAME

Ryan Goins who went 2 for 2 against Ivan Nova with an RBI and 2 runs scored. A double and an opposite field home run! He also executed a perfect sac bunt to advance Kevin Pillar.

PLAY OF THE GAME

I have to say the 3-6-3 double play (Smoak 1B-Barney 2B-Smoak 1B). Love those!

DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)

After 7 games, Jimmy Paredes has been designated for assignment. What does that mean?

Accoring to Wikipedia, a player who is DFA is immediately removed from the team’s 40-man roster, after which the team must either:

  • return the player to the 40-man roster within 10 days from the date of designation, or
  • make one of the following moves:
    1. Place the player on waivers
    2. Trade the player
    3. Release the player
    4. Outright the player from the 40-man roster into the Minor Leagues

So we’ll see what happens. They did it to bring Ryan Tepera back up from the Minors (I’m surprised they haven’t yet given up on Tepera). I expect a reversal or another roster move within the week. Tepera has struggled to stay on the roster and Brett Cecil may be back by then.

I don’t get it

I don’t get it. Where are all those idiots who thought it was the END of the world after Jose Bautista’s bat flip. And not a peep about what bad baseball it is when the Devil punches Jose Bautista in the face. Never mind Gregg Zaun who clearly has something against Bautista. I mean how uncivilized is it to offer Odor rewards for punching someone. Could you get any less classy. Is it just me or is it unbelievable that his sentence was REDUCED from 8 games suspension to 7. Is that not a slap to the Blue Jays’ collective FACE or what??

Good news is, the Jays had a precarious but decisive (is that a contradication?) win against the Yankees and are back in 3rd place. Is there any chance that they can eek out a series win against the first place Boston Red Sox this weekend?

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Now that’s more like it

Thank you Ivan Nova. With the Yankees relief pitcher on the mound, the Blue Jays scored 4 runs in the 8th inning Wednesday night. The Jays had only scored 4 runs after the 5th inning in all the 8 previous games of this season. The final score of 7-2 was a sight for sore eyes.

Here are the highlights. Try to ignore the guy who keeps calling Goins ‘Goings’.

The die hard experts joke about us bandwagon fans. Silly bandwagoners freaking out over a few games. Well, so what? We bandwagon fans are spending $$$ on hats and jerseys. We bought one Tuesday night and it cost $185 + $30 for the 40th anniversary crest + HST!! We’re in it to win it. We’re not in this to grind out losses season after season. We want to cheer the team on as they win win win! What’s wrong with that? I’m sorry if I don’t enjoy watching them lose.

As a newbie fan of course I don’t understand sabermetrics but there are some stats that appear to be easy to understand, maybe hard to interpret, but isn’t that part of what we love about baseball? The stats and what picture they can paint. For example…

Smoak vs Colabello. I have this impression that Smoak is a bigger hitter and better defender than Colabello even though it seems like the Jays use Colabello more when they need hitting and Smoak for defense. So I tried to see if the stats support this.

Hitting
2015          Games  Hits  HR  RBI  SO  AVG     BB%    K%        OBP     SLG   OPS
Smoak      132        67      18    59    86   0.226   8.8%   26.2%  0.299  .470  .768
Colabello 101        107    15     54   96    0.321   6.1%    26.7%  0.367  .520  .886

Defense
2015            G       Inn   Putouts  Assists  Errors
Smoak       110    687     666         44            4
Colabello   34     240     248         11             1

Hmm, that’s a lot of numbers but looks to me like Colabello edges out in both categories. Am I misunderstanding something? Or is it that Colabello’s kind of casual, flaccid way just doesn’t look as imposing as Justin Smoak’s 6’4 240lb frame.

One other question I had was does Kevin Pillar swing at a lot of pitches outside the zone? He seems to love chasing the down and away outside the zone. This seems to be an easy one to answer.

Kevin Pillar Plate Discipline compared to Jose Bautista.
The O-Swing% is the percentage of pitches outside the zone that the batter swings at.
O-Swing%   40.9%   vs. 22.8%
Yep, compared to Bautista, Pillar swings at a LOT of pitches outside the zone. How do you get a lead off hitter to work on that?

 

 

Ho Hum

I was at the Rogers Centre for the first game against the Yankees this season. I had expected not to see too many empty blue seats but the attendance was only 28000+. I guess because it was a Tuesday night.

I was kind of embarrassed when a NY fan and a Toronto fan started brawling in the 100 seats. I mean who does that at a baseball game on a Tuesday night? That was probably the most interesting that happened Tuesday night unfortunately.

The only highlight was Jose Bautista’s 2-run double.

Sanchez did again pitch a solid…no-decision.

But no doubt, Cecil’s a bit of a disaster right now. It isn’t a ‘slow start’. His ERA is over 10! Even my inexperienced eyes can tell that he’s moving more slowly than last year. He seems off balance after the pitch is released. I think it’s because he’s gained at least 10 lbs. And he wasn’t that slim to begin with. Maybe he can take a lesson from Aaron Sanchez. Get in shape and it’ll all come together.

Tulowitzki, Colabello and Martin are all hitting below 0.150. One might say, ok it’s early, but neither Boston’s or the Yankees roster stats looks like that. They’re digging themselves pretty deep holes to hit themselves out of. The Jays have the 2nd worst batting average right now.

Hitting against that Yankees bullpen didn’t help one bit. I have to admit, they’re pretty scary and will be scarier once Aroldis Chapman returns. The Blue Jays’ bats and bullpen need to get it together…and quick.