June 4th v Giants

Batter pLI WPA
Cabrera – LF 2.01 -0.012
Bautista – RF 2.48 -0.326
Encarnacion – 3B 1.38 -0.011
Lind – 1B 0.67 -0.048
Arencibia – C 0.95 -0.068
Rasmus – CF 1.18 -0.083
Bonifacio – 2B 0.45 -0.022
DeRosa – PH / 2B 1.46 0.061
Kawasaki – SS 1.26 -0.060
Davis – PH 2.90 -0.118 Pitcher pLI WPA
Johnson – P 0.86 0.025 Johnson – SP 0.86 0.023
Izturis – SS 2.70 0.115 Wagner – RP 0.50 0.023
Total 1.47 -0.546 Total 0.82 0.046

Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!

GBOOT: Maicer Izturis, 11.5%
Griffin: Jose Bautista, -32.6%
Impact At-Bat: Bautista Lineout Double Play, Top 6, -14.4%
Impact Pitch: Andres Torres 2-Run Home Run, Bot 2, -20.8%
Highest Leverage AB: Melky Cabrera Flyout, Top 9, 4.73
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Brandon Belt Groundout, Bot 2, 1.82
Lineup Contribution: -54.6%
Pitching Contribution: 4.6%
Average Leverage Index: 1.13
Chart explanation

- Josh Johnson’s line: 7.0ip, 6h, 1er, 1hr, 6k, 97 pitches, 12 swinging strike, 65 game score, 3.21FIP.

- Tim Lincecum’s line: 7.0ip, 3h, 1er, 1hr, 1bb, 6k, 100 pitches, 8 swinging strikes, 72 game score.

- It would be tough to have a more optimistic expectation of Josh Johnson’s return start from the DL than 7 innings of 6 strikeout 2-run pitching. Hunter Pence reached on an Edwin Encarnacion throwing error in the 2nd that could have been erased on a ground ball in the next at-bat. but Emilio Bonifacio failed to cleanly turn it into a double play. Andres Torres capitalized by stroking a 2-run shot and that’s all the Giants needed.

- Edwin Encarnacion (17) took the parrot for a walk to open the scoring in the 1st.

- The Jays failed to really put much together offensively, save for the 6th inning when Josh Johnson walked (the Jays only walk of the game) and Melky Cabrera singled to right. The rally was immediately negated when Jose Bautista lined out to 3rd and Alfonso Marquez called Johnson out on the play in the gif above. So many things are wrong with that out call it’s difficult to know where to start.

- The Jays other chances to score were a 8th inning Mark DeRosa pinch-hit single that immediately turned into a Rajai Davis pinch-hit double play and a 9th inning Maicer Izturis defensive-substitution pinch-hit single that got left stranded after two flyouts and a game ending groundout.

- A bad sign: Only 3 Blue Jays hitters ranked positive in WPA, and they were the pitcher and two pinch hitters.

- The Jays collected 5 hits. Cabrera had 2.

- These low-scoring night games really take it out of me. Darren Oliver is probably really happy he isn’t taking this road trip.

- The (24-34) Blue Jays drop back to 10 below .500 and look to split salvage one game from the series today at 3:45 EST, the projected match-up is R.A. Dickey (4.90FIP, 0.5fWAR) v Barry Zito (3.85FIP, 0.6fWAR).

{All numbers via Fangraphs}
{Gif via Ian Hunter, all around adorable}

Comments (22)

  1. I know the Jays are fucked and I still can’t remember the last time I flipped my shit at a call like that. The absolute worst part is that it comes flying out and instead of going WOOPS NO SAFE the ump just idiotically punches him out again. It’s a pretty basic rule. So, so bad.

    • Thats what made me the most mad about it. The ump had the chance to change his mind after initially punhcing him out when the ball was rolling away.

      Even Scutaro and Crawford thought the cal would have been changed, they both chased after the loose ball thinking the play was still live.

      Im getting pretty sick of umpires making calls and then getting ridiculously stubborn about them. He didnt even bother asking for help. The third base ump probably had a pretty good look at that play from his angle, why not even bother consulting? Baseball has to be the only sport where you have multiple officials calling a game that refuse to discuss calls with each other. This whole Brotherhood of Umpires is really wearing thin on me

    • When you look at the video, Josh Johnson was also back in time, plus it’s not clear the fielder’s foot even touched the bag when he didn’t make the catch.

      That’s got to end up on a low-light reel of the worst calls of the year. In fact, I can’t remember many calls that head-scratching-ly bad in 35 years of watching baseball.

  2. ugh.. back to 10 games under .500?

    Its getting hard to maintain my unwavering optimism that we will make the playoffs.. which i guess counts as wavering

    • yeah the harsh reality hurts. faced with an anywhere decent pitcher, this team won’t hit…couple this with the fact that they can’t pitch, and you’ve got yourself the deadliest combo in baseball. Never mind that they can’t play defence.

  3. Some games the hitters hit. Some games the pitchers pitch. They don’t do both enough at the same time. What an excrutiating team to watch.

  4. New rule must be that as soon as long as the ball touches the fielder’s glove, its an out.

    • but is Scutaro’s foot even on the bag?

      • The ball touched the glove. So, OUT!

      • It looks like he beat the throw AND that the foot was off the bag AND that he didn’t ever have control of the ball (no catch).

        0 out of 3. It could only be worse if they had too many men on the field.

        I’m getting pretty sick of shit like this.

        For $400 they could give the ump a used iPhone and text him the gif live on the field so he can make a proper call. It would take as long as it takes Buckholz to rub up a new ball.

      • Everyone knows at 2nd base, as long as you are close to the bag, it counts as touching the bag


  6. I think the Buffalo Bills left a long list of ways to lose in the clubhouse the last time they graced Rogers Centre, and the Jays are still working their way down said list.

  7. Bautista is really in the fucking trough. Also, why is Arencibia batting above 8?

  8. It figures that Lincecum would finally get his shit back together facing the Jays. Someone needs to shave their beard or something to end this plague of curses.

  9. Yes, the Jays couldn’t do anything against Lincecum after the first, but I do think part of the reason the Jays lost this game was AT&T Park. Top of the 4th, Bautista and Encarnacion both hit fly balls to deep LF. Bautista’s is caught just shy of the corner, right in front of the 339 mark, Encarnacion’s goes to a similar spot. If this game is in Toronto — 328 to the LF corner — there’s a very good chance one or both of those balls are gone, or at the very least off the wall. Then in the 7th Lind hit one to deep right-centre, which is triples and/or death alley in San Francisco, and that ball might have looked different in Toronto too. So switch this game to Toronto, where those balls more than likely leave the yard, and suddenly a shitty 2-1 loss becomes a 3-2 win thanks to back-to-back jacks from the two big boys, and hey look at that Bautista’s out of his slump hitting the game-tying jack! Well that’s a fantastic win, Eddie hits two home runs, and Jose blasts another and breaks out of his slump! And if Lind’s ball does get out in Toronto it’s 4-2 and we’re praising Lind yet again! Quite the change in narrative, eh?

    But hey, that’s baseball. Part of its beauty (and cruelty) is that every ballpark is different, and sometimes they change a ballgame. I’m not saying don’t blame the bats for making Lincecum look like his old self, or Alfonzo fucking Marquez if you want to go there, but that corner did rob the Jays and I really think we’re looking at this game in a different light if it was played here.

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