July 10 v Indians

Batter pLI WPA
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
Total 1.28 -0.506 Total 0.68 0.006

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
Chart explanation

- 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)

Comments (37)

  1. I read DJF every day, but rarely post.

    After watching last night’s game and feeling the malaise set in, let me be the first to say this morning that JPA fucking sucks!!!!

    Still on the boat though.

    • Didn’t he have a double and a walk? You guys are assholes. Like you can control when you get a hit and when you don’t.

      Also our pitcher did well and JP had no errors or passed balls.

  2. I never thought I’d beg to see Lawrie back….but for the love of god, please get back after the all-star break. That way Itzy can move to second and Boniafacio can be nailed to the bench where he rightfully belongs – and only used for running duties.
    Is there no way to break up the inevitable rally-killing combo of JPA and Boniafacio? At least twice last night, they were up with RISP and failed miserably. That bunt attempt by Bonie was quite possibly the worst bunt ever…and I’ve seen the recent GIF of the Japanese guy!

  3. I saw the gif in question from a coworkers screen across the room and because he was in blue, I thought it had to be Boni.. Until I realized that they were intentionally walking him, because lets be honest.

  4. Jays against Masterson today? This is going to end in tears. Better hope Esmil pitches a perfect game… it is the only way they have a chance.

  5. After a day off, with a winnable stretch of 2 series on the road to get us back to 500 before the all-star break, and we can’t get one run against a Cleveland team pitched by Ubaldo Jimenez. I mean, if anyone is looking for a sign that this season just isn’t meant to be, last night was surely it. And I’m sorry if that’s “negative and stupid hindsight,” but I just can’t feel any other way after watching that horrible performance. I really can’t recall a more frustrating season to watch. The fact of the matter is, this team just isn’t very good, despite the streak and the “potential.” You are what you are. Last place. Fuck this.

  6. My 2 cents
    This team is like the scene in the movie Friday. Ain’t never got two things that match up. Ham no burger, PB, no jelly, cereal no milk. Great start from JJ and no one can hit. When they hit, they can’t pitch. When the hit and pitch they have 4 errors. Fuck.
    Second, Adam Lind has officially finished his annual “let’s get their hopes up and make them think I’m a ball player” three month streak. I’d sell high. For real. Might be too late for that already though. He will never put in a full year of solid play IMO.

    • This has been the case for a few years now it seems. The team never just seems to “click.”

      I understand when they’re facing fucking Verlander and Scherzer… but Pelfrey? Jimenez? Are you fucking kidding me?

    • Lind’s gonna Lind.

    • We probably should have traded him two weeks ago, but yes, I totally agree. It makes sense to sell high on him while we still kind of can. His track record proves that he is not the force he has demonstrated to be for two months this year. Sell him and sell Casey.

    • Couldn’t this be a case of Lind being rushed back before his health returned? His 2-for-20 number is post back tweak. In reality he probably needed a week or more off.

      I’m not convinced he’s going back to pumpkin, I’m more convinced he’s not healthy.

  7. Do people still watch the Blue Jays? I thought it was only a myth that they were still playing…

  8. Zubes ban that fucker jesuscristo

  9. Maybe it’s time someone did an article on why the blue jays either get 10 runs or none, and why anytime they face a pitcher who isn’t god awful, they get run over.

    It’s hard to accept bad luck at this point.

  10. Maybe the Bisons should start Lawrie at Catcher for the next game…

  11. If this can cheer you up, I had the Buffalo-Syracuse game on last night on the computer while having the Jays on TV, and both Lawrie (2 hits, one being a 3-run HR) and Romero (7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 SO, 2 ER) had very good games. Pillar looked very good too (including a triple). Buffalo won 6-2.

  12. The biggest issue for the Jays now that the season is clearly over for them (if anyone is still “on the boat” as is the phrase around here, they are seriously deluding themselves) is that there’s almost nothing to trade for young assets.

    Essentially the only “plan” for AA at this point is to chalk 2013 up to bullshit and injuries, and go into next season with 90% of the same guys for 2014. Only catcher could be switched, but I don’t see much movement in the other 8 starters, maybe tinkering in the bullpen and a back-end starter or two. (even there: Hutchison should be back and Nolin and Stroman seem like perfectly good shitballers for the 5th spot in 2014.)

    Even though this is not even close to the worst Jays team I’ve had to endure during these past shitty 20 years, this has to rank #1 for disappointment. What an awful season through and through.

  13. Remember when Adam Lind was good?

  14. I’m not a JP hater by nature by any means first off.

    But Runners at 2nd and 3rd, one out and the infield is back conceding the run, you can’t fucking strike out. You just can’t!

    Not only does he strike out, but he goes up there and he looks like he has no idea what he’s doing. He never chokes up, He never cuts his swing. I just don’t know what to say.

    But I’m not a JP hater…. :)

    • The percentage of major league hitters that do these things you want him to do is extremely low. JPA lacks the ability to recognize pitches and isnt so great at solid contact even when he gets his pitch. Im sick of these people talking about JP like his struggles are due to some effort or strategy. Im actually defending him when I say he lacks the ability to hit.

    • Didn’t Boni also do this twice? Why are you singling out JPA and not Boni?

  15. Did Lind start struggling around the time that he started facing LHP starters?

  16. Leverage stats be damned, when I knew this game was lost was in the 6th (I think, possibly 7th) when after a Reyes leadoff single and stolen base, our 2,3 and 4 hitters couldn’t so much as cash that one run. I’ve made my peace with Boney and Arencibia being bags of crap with runners on base, but seeing Joey, EE and Lind each put up crappy at bats in that situation was beyond frustrating and to me symbolic of this team this season at large.

  17. I told you Shitbag’s this was a sinking ship……

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