Batter WPA aLI
3B – Lawrie -0.122 1.29
CF – Rasmus -0.093 1.01
DH – Encarnacion -0.061 0.77
1B – Lind -0.138 1.30
LF – Davis 0.166 1.47 Pitcher WPA aLI
RF – Gose 0.183 2.34 SP – Villanueva -0.021 1.00
C – Mathis 0.041 1.63 RP – Delabar 0.091 1.17
PH – Johnson 0.002 2.71 RP – Loup 0.084 1.61
2B – Vizquel 0.055 1.08 RP – Lyon 0.028 1.06
SS – Hechavarria 0.049 1.18 RP – Janssen 0.213 4.34

Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!

Top Dog: Casey Jansson, 21.3%
The Worst: Adam Lind, -13.8%
Top Bat: Anthony Gose, 18.3%
Least Relevant: Kelly Johnson, 0.2%, 2.71
Impact AB: Gose Single Advances Davis to 3B, Top 9 12.8%
Impact Pitch: Dustin Pedroia HR, Bot 6, -18.6%
Highest Leverage AB: Omar Vizquel Sac Fly, Top 9, 5.59
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Cody Ross Strikeout, Top 9, 5.39
Lineup Contribution: 10.7%
Pitching Contribution: 39.5%
Average Leverage Index: 1.52
Chart explanation

When in doubt, just pray that Omar Vizquel has an opportunity to hit a sac fly to put some runs on the board.

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)

Comments (20)

  1. Gose sure had a heckuva weekend down there in Boston. Good on the kid. Still not sold on him, but its nice to see him having some success. Once that kids on the basepaths he’s deadly!

  2. Gose will seem more valuable when the rest of the offense is doing what they are supposed to do. When you’re counting on him for offense, he’ll never be a huge difference maker.

    • Agreed. If he turns out to be a rich man’s Rajai Davis, that’ll give him a nice, long major league career and make him a useful player for any team. I wouldn’t be upset with that.

  3. I don’t believe this weekend would have been a sweep without the speed of Gose and Davis. Those were fun games, in spite of the rain!

  4. Here’s a cool tidbit: the Jays are considering running with two hitting coaches next season: Mottola along with the Murph.


    • I know a lot of people always claim that a hitting coach has no real effect on a player’s abilities, but when I look at Mottola down in Vegas and think about all the guys that have gone down there for “re-tooling”, its hard to argue with his track record.
      As recent as Gose being sent back and coming back up with what looks like a new approach. Lind is another. You can even go back as far as EE being sent to down (To be honest though, I dont know if Mottola was there at the time ..?).

      But I can’t see how this would be anything but beneficial. Having another voice, another idea talking to guys about hitting seems beneficial to me.

      • Name me one Fortune 500 company without two CEOs. Where would Christianity be without the Popes?

        • 1. Hitting coaches must serve some purpose and provide some value, otherwise the position would not exist

          2. You cannot compare the head of an institution to a hitting coach. Apples and oranges, my friend

        • Probably a lot better off, considering the Inquisition, Crusades and silence during the Hollacaust. Poor choice of annalogies.

  5. Even though it was so annoying hearing all weekend from Buck and Tabby about how much better both Hech and Gose look at the plate recently – you have to admit, the thought of having them on the team next season doesn’t seem so crazy. Now that they are both comfortable you’re seeing great plays all over the diamond with some decent hitting.

    Although – having watched Hech at short – there is almost no way I want him at 2nd base. He’s way too good to play there.

    • I agree. His glove, range and arm are too good and would be wasted on 2B but I would also be wary of Yunel going into a prolonged pout if forced to move positions to accommodate a guy who would essentially be a rookie. I think Yunel would perceive that as a personal snub. Though one would hope he would be a reasonable adult and do what is best for the team. That would be a really solid infield D.

    • I’ll take Hech and Gose with Rajai on the bench IF:

      We get Ortiz or some other big popper at DH (or 1B). Essentially I want Lind as a bench player to cover 1b or DH and to pinch hit. Fill out that 1B/DH area better and we can risk the hit we take staying with Gose and Hech.

      Similarly on pitching, we can hope for the best from guys like Happ, CV, Alvarez, Drabek and Romero IF we add an ace of Morrow or better quality.

      Can we get Doc back?

  6. I agree on all points. Right now I’m (sort of) a believer in Hech and Gose and I like the speed they add to the team. And Hech is superior at s/s.

  7. Great to see the rookies contribute like they did. I would not be shocked or upset, however, if both went back to AAA next season. They still have a lot to learn, and there is no urgency to fill in spots at the major-league level. I’m of course talking about Escobar and Rasmus as I don’t see LF in Gose’s future

  8. While I don’t like the Jays’ chances if Davis is the starting LF in 2013, I did like seeing what happens to pitchers – and the scoreboard – when Davis and Gose are on the basepaths at the same time.

    The lesson there for me was that with a 50 point improvement in his OBP, Gose could be a great leadoff hitter for us. And I like the idea of a Brett Lawrie in the 2-hole and Davis coming off the bench if JPA/Mathis get on base late in the game. Heck, if Colby keeps forgetting how many outs there are, maybe he could use Rajai pinch running for him.

    • You don’t need even average players at every position. If the actual holes are filled (2B, 1B, starting pitching) this team can be very competitive. The Yankees have had Dewayne Wise/Ibanez/Jones in LF for most of this season, and now have a very aged Ichiro there. Orioles have Nate McLouth. I could go on. Davis is a serviceable player, and if he was the worst or second worst offensive player in the lineup, would make the Jays a very good team.

  9. The speed is fun to watch, no doubt, and its ever so nice to see the Massholes (spell checker says its two words, hmm) get swept again.

  10. Least Relevant: Kelly Johnson

    You should have this on standby for every game, Archi.

  11. Today in things I never thought I’d read:

    Top Bat: Anthony Gose

    Damn that kid was fun to watch this series. Almost looks like he might hit a little bit, having gone back to his old batting stance.

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