Did you know Edwin Encarnacion is very good. It’s the truth. There has never really been any doubting EE’s hitting bonafides except for all the times we doubted Edwin’s hitting bonafidas. Like the time he was DFA’d then sent to Oakland then brought back and then sucked for two months. Other than that, his talent shines through.

Right now, he is killing the ball. He doesn’t really do much else other than hit home runs but who cares? The home runs are plentiful and sure to continue, right?

Outside of Edwin, the offense is singles-hittin’ Eric Thames and not much else. Colby Rasmus is still living off the glory of the multi-homer game in Kansas City while the rest of the team just treads water. The offense is bad but it is only “middle of the pack” bad, not “never going to score again, if only we did the little things like the Twins” bad.

According to Fangraphs, the offense is worth -2.9 weighted runs below average, good for 18th in the league. Among the hitters, Edwin Encarnacion contributed 10 wRAA while Yunel Escobar and J.P. Arencibia are the biggest sinkholes. Jose Bautista, for all his struggles, is still (slightly) ahead of Adam Lind at just more than 2 runs below average.

That this is a middle of the pack offense shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. When they’re bad, they’re bad. But they still hung nineteen runs on the Mariners over the weekend after putting 22 runs up in Kansas City over four games. Sure, those teams are bad. But the runs still count.

Against Neftali Feliz, they aren’t in as tough as last night when Yu Darvish made a weak offense look worse than feeble. He’s going to do that. Feliz throws a four seamer, a two-seam sinker and a cutter along with a a (nasty) slider and changeup. He’s good, too. The Rangers are, as they say, stacked. Good luck, Drew Hutchison. Kyle Drabek showed it could be done so…go out and do it?

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays Texas Rangers
1. Yunel Escobar SS
2. Kelly Johnson 2B
3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Adam Lind 1B
5. Edwin Encarnacion DH
6. Eric Thames LF
7. Brett Lawrie 3B
8. Colby Rasmus CF
9. Jeff Mathis C

Drew Hutchison, P

1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Michael Young DH
4. Nelson Cruz RF
5. David Murphy LF
6. Mike Napoli C
7. Mitch Moreland 1B
8. Alberto Gonzalez 3B
9. Craig Gentry CF

Not Yu Darvish, P

Comments (341)

  1. Remind me to read again all the articles about how lucky the Jays were to have signed Coco when Santos went down.

    Good win in any event. Romero brings home the series tomorrow.

  2. Wilner said the team is on pace for 40 blown saves and that it’s not possible to keep up that pace. Over the last 12+ seasons, a few teams have hit 35 blown saves, and lots with 30+. With this bullpen back end, it is entirely in the realm of possibility that it could happen or at least that they’ll have 30+ or be league leaders.

  3. Good win. They were lucky but you have to be lucky to be good in baseball. I dont want to see Cordero again in the 9th. Fuck, even use frasor or villananueva as closer.

  4. Its kind of sad to say, but with the improved stance Mathis might be a better hitter than arencibia.

    • Nothing sad about it. If he is, he is. I want to be watching the best possible team. If the Jays wanted players who’re well liked and respected by their teammates, well, I hear Vernon’s available.

  5. I have to agree with a few commenters here. Send back Crawford and bring up Ryota Igarashi. Worst case scenario the attendance of Asians will go up by 1000%.

  6. Just watched Jays in 30 and Hutchison’s big inning could have been a lot smaller if the D had helped a bit more. Lawrie going home to get a sure out at the plate for out 2 could have made a huge difference.

    As for Hutchison himself, I’ve never seen so many balls hit the other way. I guess you could say it was pretty good hitting by Texas but none were really hit that hard.

  7. Nice walk off win, but Holy Fuck,,,another blown save! Jesus Christ, a one run lead going into the ninth, and I knew he couldn’t hold it.

    Fuck me, I am going to have a heart attack one of these games.

  8. Nice gesture by the fan in the front row of the bleachers… stay classy, T.O…. (see 10 to 12 second mark)

    http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_05_01_texmlb_tormlb_1&highlight_content_id=21074761&c_id=tor

    I like how Butters just gets out of the way… not going to risk injury trying to shake Lawrie’s hand around 3rd.

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