Approximation of on-field conditions at game time.
Holy crow, it’s balls hot.
And maybe it’s fucking with John Farrell’s head, as the Jays manager has inexplicably gone the too much, too soon route with the recently-promoted Adam Lind, who is batting fifth tonight, after we were told on his return that he’d be hitting sixth or seventh… you know, because he’s been terrible for two-and-a-half years.
Ahh, but a few home runs can change everything, apparently. Even if they don’t really mean a whole lot.
Kelly Johnson has been slumping, to be sure, and Lind has a nice-looking .933 OPS since his return, but should we really make of it that the maligned first baseman figured it all out during his time in the desert? Um… no. Lind’s OPS is driven by the three home runs he’s hit. In twenty-six plate appearances Lind has those three dingers, three singles, and two walks. That’s good for a .308 on-base.
In a similar amount of time– his last 21 plate appearances– the admittedly-slumping Johnson has four hits, including three for extra bases, and five walks. That’s makes a .450 on-base, and a .983 OPS.
Lind’s OPS is buoyed by a slugging percentage that’s inflated by the fact that he’s homered once for every 8.7 plate appearances. During his career-best 2009, in which he blasted 35 home runs, he did so at a rate of one every 18.7 plate appearances. How likely is it, really, that Lind keeps the streak up?
I realize that lineup construction doesn’t really mean a whole hell of a lot, in the grand scheme, but that doesn’t make it any less dispiriting to see John Farrell continuing to make decisions on foundations of obvious bullshit.
At Miked Up, Wilner breaks the news, from the mouth of the player himself, that though he’s headed to Vancouver to start his pro career– where, as a highly-advanced college arm, he will absolutely fucking shithammer everybody who gets in his way– Marcus Stroman only expect to be there for a couple weeks before getting moved up to New Hampshire. Stroman will pitch out of the bullpen, for this year, at least, and has been told that pitching in the Majors this year is definitely a possibility. Wilner also does a great job pointing out how, considering all of the problems the Jays have suffered through in the first half of the season, it’s actually pretty remarkable that they’re still over .500, and still not entirely out of the playoff conversation.
In a piece today at Fox Sports, Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal suggested that the Jays may want to sell high on Colby Rasmus. Call me a cockeyed optimist, but I really want to believe we’re seeing the real Colby right now, and that he’s a lot more valuable to the Jays going forward than he is as a trade chip. Trade Gose!
Ben Nicholson-Smith passes along, at MLB Trade Rumors, a correction on a rumour that had been going around earlier in the day by way of Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Apparently the Jays have not signed amateur Venezuelan lefty Luis Castillo for $800K.
Speaking of @MLBTRBen, he joined us today in Parkes’s absence, as you can see here– for your between-inning viewing pleasure– on today’s episode of Getting Blanked!
Oh, and one more thing! In my rush to get last night’s Game Threat out, I neglected to post yesterday’s episode, which featured guest Jon Hale of The Mockingbird– and a bunch of talk about Ricky Romero’s latest disasterpiece. Have a watch over on YouTube!
Toronto Blue Jays
B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
J. Bautista RF
E. Encarnacion 1B
A. Lind DH
Y. Escobar SS
R. Davis LF
K. Johnson 2B
J. Arencibia C
C. Villanueva RHP
Kansas City Royals
A. Gordon LF
A. Escobar SS
E. Hosmer 1B
B. Butler DH
Y. Betancourt 2B
M. Moustakas 3B
J. Francoeur RF
S. Perez C
J. Dyson CF
L. Mendoza RHP
Image via The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.