|Reyes – SS||0.63||-0.035|
|Bonifacio – 2B||0.01||-0.001|
|Bautista – RF||0.39||-0.039|
|Encarnacion – DH||0.32||0.009|
|Thole – PH||0.00||0.000|
|Lind – 1B||0.52||-0.063||Pitcher||pLI||WPA|
|Rasmus – CF||0.40||-0.042||Rogers – SP||0.73||-0.239|
|Izturis – 3B||0.26||0.009||Wagner – RP||0.08||-0.017|
|Davis – LF||0.46||0.015||Oliver – RP||0.01||0.001|
|Arencibia – C||0.80||-0.051||Janssen – RP||0.00||0.000|
|Kawasaki – 2B / SS||0.59||-0.049||Loup – RP||0.00||0.000|
Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!
GBOOT: Rajai Davis, 1.5% (LOL)
Griffin: Esmil Rogers, -23.9%
Impact At-Bat: Munenori Kawasaki Flyout, Bot 5, -4.0%
Impact Pitch: Andy Dirks RBI Double, Top 1, 11.3%
Highest Leverage AB: J.P. Arencibia Flyout, Bot 5, 1.86
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Dirks RBI Double, Top 1, 1.42
Lineup Contribution: -24.5%
Pitching Contribution: -25.5%
Average Leverage Index: 1.39
- Esmil Rogers’ line: 5.0ip, 11h, 4k, 2bb, 7er, 94 pitches, 8 swinging strikes, 19 game score, 2.66FIP.
- Justin Verlander’s line: 7.0ip, 3h, 5k, 2bb, 102 pitches, 10 swinging strikes, 74 game score, 2.49FIP.
- During CM Wang’s last start, I stumbled across coining the term “Oh Yeah” Starts. The kind of start that starts off with you saying “You know, CM Wang actually has a reasonable ERA.” and ends with you saying “Oh yeah.” as in: “Oh yeah, that’s why this guy wasn’t in the league to start the season”. Well, Esmil Rogers had an “Oh Yeah” start on Thursday night. I don’t want to be labelled as negative but I had my doubts that Esmil Rogers is a 3.00 ERA starter, and he Oh Yeah’d his ERA .70 runs higher in 5+ innings of work. The Tigers jumped on him early, scoring twice in the 1st inning after opening the game with back-to-back hits. Detroit added two more in the 3rd thanks to Torii Hunter and Jhonny Peralta, and they finished off Rogers in the 6th on Austin Jackson’s RBI single.
- The Tigers continued to pour it on poor Neil Wagner, who surrendered a pair of runs in the 6th and a 2-run shot in the 8th to Jackson, who was on fire all night, finishing 4-for-5 with 3 RBI.
- Casey Janssen was tasked with protecting a 9-run deficit in the 9th and did not do well in the no pressure situation. He gave up a hit, 2 walks, and 2 of the lowest leverage runs in baseball history. Aaron Loup got a pair of outs, including an inherited runner scoring sac fly. When the dust settled it was 11-0 Tigers.
- In the bottom of the 9th, with the Jays down 11 and 2 out, Maicer Izturis drove in Josh Thole with a single. The Rogers Centre faithful that remained in the stands rewarded them with a standing ovation Bronx cheer.
- At absolutely no point did the Jays appear to be close to winning this game. Spotting Justin Verlander a 2-0 lead is a bad way to start things off and the Jays hitters never seemed up to the task of solving one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. By the time the Jays had their first runner on base the Tigers already had a 4-0 lead. Justin Verlander is damn good. Justin Verlander with run support is damn near impossible. He had 7 k’s, including 3 on Adam Lind alone.
- The Jays managed 6 hits and two walks. Darin Downs had the worst line for the Tigers, a totally meaningless 2 hits and 1 run against.
- The J.P. Arencibia vs Gregg Zaun and Dirk Hayhurst story was the talk of the town, and JP responded by going 1-for-3 and seeing four pitches total in his 3 at-bats. The whole situation disappoints me because I’d rather ignore everyone involved.
- Colby Rasmus was not beaned or thrown at by the Tigers, despite there being an excellent opportunity to in the 9th inning of a double-digit game.
- At some point during the broadcast Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler were joined by some Blue Jay wives, including Mrs. Colby Rasmus. They were asked questions like “What is Colby like at home” which is something I can’t say I want to know the actual answer to. The players being a caricature of their on-field presence is how I like to pretend they are off the field, and I’m content with that. Well… okay… maybe one question about who’s calling the shots on Colby’s hair
- Toronto drops 3-straight and (as you may have heard) have now won just 3 of 11 since ending the game winning streak.
- The (41-43) Jays now host Minnesota for a 3-game set against the (36-46) Twins. The series begins at the Rog Mahal at 7:07pm EST
- The projected series opening matchup is Mark Buehrle (4.43FIP, 0.9fWAR) vs Kevin Correia (4.56FIP, 0.6fWAR)