Tagged: Texas Rangers

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.

 

Dyson and the Rangers silenced

Ok, as you can see, I now have a Twitter feed. I have never used Twitter before, but I’m not your average bandwagon fan. Raptors lost in Miami unfortunately. Whenever the Raptors lose, the Jays win and vice versa.

Friday night’s game was a feel good game. The Jays shut out the Rangers 5-0. It was a game after which I let out a nice cleansing breath. 🙂

Edwin really does love May and homered one pulling him ahead of Joe Carter for all-time number of homers as a Blue Jay.

Tulowitzki haters were silenced by the 2-run shot, the 200th of his career, after Justin Smoak’s 2nd double.

Dickey picked off Odor at first. (I looove pick offs!) Dickey was really on tonight. Beltre almost hurt himself chasing the knuckleball.

Dyson came in in relief however and almost nailed J. D. in the face.

It feels good to beat the Rangers doesn’t it? Especially Sam Dyson.

 

Holland’s ERA from 2.48 to 5.40 in an hour

A great night in Toronto with a Game 2 nail biting win by the Toronto Raptors against the Miami Heat. Down the street, the Texas Rangers got roughed up by the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays. The 1st and 3rd innings were beauties with 5 and 6 runs in respectively. This series against the Texas Rangers was just what the doctor ordered.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland got slapped around in payback for shooting his mouth off last October after Jose Bautista’s bat flip.

I mean, personally, I don’t like him, either. Especially after seeing more about him during the game, and being out in the outfield and seeing how he complains about every single thing.

see full quote by Derek Holland

I don’t know. Maybe Holland just had a bad night but before Thursday he had never given up a run at the Rogers Centre.

Eddie Encarnacion came out big offensively with a 3-run double in the 1st, a walk in the 3rd, a 3-run homer in the 4th inning (that tied him with George Bell for 5th place all-time Blue Jays homerun leaders), and a double in the 7th! Coincidence? Or was it getting Troy Tulowitzki out from under him in the batting order?

This was the type of game us bandwagon fans have been waiting for, and it…was…awesome!

 

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?

Down to the wire

THE GAP BETWEEN THE BEST AND THE WORST

I have come to realize the baseball season is a real grind! And that whether your team is good or bad, they will win and they will lose. The Toronto Blue Jays have played 28 games so far in the 2016 season and they have won 46% of them despite their offense, which is supposed to be their greatest strength, has been weak. Their only consistent hitter so far is the reigning America League MVP, Josh Donaldson, who seems to be on track for another MVP calibre year. The worse team in the league is the Minnesota Twins who have won 30% of their games and the best team, the one that swept us at home, the Chicago White Sox, has won 70%. This difference between the best and the worst is amplified because they are still in the 1st quarter of the season, but not a super huge gap.

So, to follow a whole season will be tumultuous. I get that. I would like to see smart plays. Good plays. Few mistakes. Then you can say you were beat by the better team.

TORONTO TEAMS TAKE IT DOWN TO THE WIRE

At around 1030pm Tuesday evening, Toronto fans were jointly going wild when both Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors sinks a hail Mary 3-pointer from half-court to tie the 1st game of their playoff series against the Miami Heat. This took them into overtime. Almost simultaneously, Toronto Blue Jay Justin Smoak, hit a homerun in the bottom of the 9th, after 8 innings of shutout baseball, to tie their game against archnemesis, Texas Rangers sending that game into extra innings.

SMOAK’S GOING TO REMEMBER THIS ONE

So not only does Justin Smoak tie up the game with a homer in the bottom of the 9th, he hits ANOTHER homerun in the 10th inning to WALK OFF the game!!

Darwin Barney was the defensive star throwing out Roughned Odor at 3rd, and then, throwing out Hanser Alberto at home plate.

Overall, a super boring game for 8 innings, many runners left on base, but an awesome win nevertheless!

 

 

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.