|Reyes – SS||1.34||-0.047|
|Bautista – RF||1.11||-0.122|
|Encarnacion – DH||0.84||0.040|
|Lind – 1B||1.38||-0.179|
|Rasmus – CF||0.99||0.003|
|Izturis – 3B||0.85||0.123|
|Davis – LF||1.38||-0.051|
|Arencibia – C||1.64||-0.072||Pitcher||pLI||WPA|
|Bonifacio – 2B||2.19||-0.169||Johnson – SP||0.75||0.033|
|Thole – PH||1.26||-0.032||Janssen – RP||0.25||-0.026|
Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!
GBOOT: Maicer Izturis, 12.3%
Griffin: Adam Lind, -17.9%
Impact At-Bat: J.P. Arencibia Strikeout, Top 4, -9.5%
Impact Pitch: Nick Swisher RBI Single, Bot 4, 14.9%
Highest Leverage AB: Emilio Bonifacio Flyout, Top 4, 2.46
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Swisher RBI Single, Bot 4, 2.33
Lineup Contribution: -50.6%
Pitching Contribution: 0.6%
Average Leverage Index: 1.02
- Josh Johnson’s line: 7.0ip, 3h, 6k, 2bb, 2er, 104 pitches, 10 swinging strikes, 67 game score, 2.21FIP.
- Ubaldo Jimenez’s line: 6.0ip, 5h, 4k, 2bb, 105 pitches, 7 swinging strikes, 64 game score, 2.74FIP.
- Josh Johnson started strong, tossing a perfect opening 3 innings before walking Asdrubal Cabrera in the 4th. The Cleveland’s pounced, stringing together 3 straight hits in the inning to jump ahead to a 2-0 lead. Johnson got right back into form, allowing just one walk over the next three innings to finish a very good start. He only allowed 3 hits all game and 7 innings of 3-hit 2-run pitching is enough to keep any team in the game.
- Steve “All-Star Candidate” Delabar gave up an extra base hit and run in the 8th to put the Jays in a 3-0 hole.
- The Blue Jays offense sputtered, putting runners in scoring position in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 9th. As a team they went 1-for-12 with RISP and left 9 runners on base. Arencibia (4th, 9th) and Bonifacio (2nd, 7th) strikeouts accounted for 4 of the top 8 negative WPA plays in the game.
- Adam Lind went 0-for-4, and has had a rough start to July. He’s 2-for-20 with a pair of doubles and .100/.143/.200 slash line. His production began to dip near the last few weeks of June and the struggle has continued. It’s too small of a sample size to officially declare that Lind has turned back into a pumpkin but the trend is definitely not a positive one.
- Maicer Izturis went 3-for-4 and was unquestionably the bright spot on offense.
- Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. The 1-2-3-4 hitters in the Jays lineup have OBPs of .366, .360, .361, .362 on the season.
- J.P. Arencibia has drawn 3 walks in his last 3 games, which may signal the end of J.P. Arencibia walk jokes.
- Josh “.118/.189/.118″ Thole pinch-hit for Emilio Bonifacio in the 9th. For all the flak JPA takes for his .255 OBP, Bonifacio’s .239 mark has been just as tough to watch.
- Jose Bautista went 0-for-4, a slight bump in what has been a nice start to July.
- The (43-46) Jays have two more shots at Cleveland, Game 2 is at The Prog at 7:07pm EST
- The projected series opening matchup is Esmil Rogers (4.03FIP, 0.5fWAR) vs Justin Masterson (3.42FIP, 2.4fWAR)