July 30 v Athletics

Batter pLI WPA
Reyes – SS 0.51 -0.039
Izturis – 2B 0.50 0.010
Bautista – RF 0.41 0.084
Encarnacion – 1B 0.35 0.009
Lind – DH 0.62 0.010
Rasmus – CF 0.75 0.125 Pitcher pLI WPA
Arencibia – C 0.52 -0.042 Buehrle- SP 0.78 0.263
Lawrie – 3B 0.57 -0.004 Delabar – RP 0.14 0.010
Bonifacio – LF 0.53 0.069 Oliver – RP 0.35 0.006
Total 0.53 0.222 Total 0.67 0.278

Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!

GBOOT: Mark Buehrle, 26.3%
Griffin: J.P. Arencibia, -4.2%
Impact At-Bat: Jose Bautista Solo Home Run, Top 1, 11.4%
Impact Pitch: Nate Freiman Fielders Choice, Bot 4, 5.3%
Highest Leverage AB: Colby Rasmus Single / Error By Yoenis Cespedes, Top 4, 1.94
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Freiman FC, Bot 4, 1.94
Lineup Contribution: 22.2%
Pitching Contribution: 27.8%
Average Leverage Index: 0.59
Chart explanation

- Mark Buehrle’s line: 7.0ip, 5h, 0er, 0bb, 2k, 93 pitches, 2 swinging strikes, 69 game score, 2.47FIP.

- Dan Straily’s line: 4.2ip, 6h, 2k, 2bb, 2hr, 96 pitches, 7 swinging strikes, 38 game score, 9.04FIP.

- Mark Buehrle has become the most reliable starter in the rotation. He wrapped up an impressive month of July, his 2nd straight month with an ERA below 3.50. He allowed a pair of base-runners in the 4th before getting Nathan Freiman to end the inning with a ground out. He continued to work efficiently and and effectively for 7 innings, throwing less than 100 pitches and staying out of trouble. He’s gone 20 consecutive innings without giving up a run. He’s in line to pretty much just have the same Mark Buehrle season you remember reading about but never being excited to watch.

- Steve Delabar came on in the 8th and blew the fucking doors off the A’s. He threw 3 strikeouts on 9 pitches, blowing away Rosales, Crisp, and Young with the minimum amount of pitches possible.

- Darren Oliver mopped things up in the 9th.

- Jose Bautista (25) got things going early by hitting a beastly solo shot in the 1st inning.

- Colby Rasmus continued an excellent July with run-scoring singles in the 4th and 5th innings. He’s hit .352/.400/.580 with 11 doubles in July. Enjoy this comparison to Adam Jones.

- Emilio Bonifacio (3) hit a surprisingly explosive solo shot in the 5th, giving him as many homers this season as Melky Cabrera. Maicer Izturis hit a fielders choice / Error that scored Jose Reyes in the 5th. Iztruis hit 2nd in the lineup, going 0-for-5 with a run scored.

- Edwin Encarnacion had a pair of hits, and Adam Lind had a single and a walk.

- As discussed before the game, Melky Cabrera and his old man knees had the day off amid rumours that he and Bonifacio were being shopped in trade talks. If some team wants to take Melky’s knees or Boni’s 52 wRC+ in a deal I can’t imagine there would be a ton coming back the other way.

- J.P. Arencibia took an 0-for-4, the only Jay to not get on base, thanks to the error on Maicer’s FC.

- The Jays improve to 18-13 on the road when they wear blue alternate jerseys per sportslogos.net. If you didn’t read it, they’re 3-16 with the greys on. So, there you go.

- 17,000 people were in attendance.

- The (49-57) Jays close the series out this afternoon at 3:35pm EST.

- The projected matchup is R.A. Dickey (4.96FIP, 0.8fWAR) vs Bartolo Colon (3.25FIP, 2.9fWAR)

Comments (28)

  1. “- The projected matchup is R.A. Dickey (4.96FIP, 0.8fWAR) vs Bartolo Colon (3.25FIP, 2.9fWAR)”

    On April 1st if you told me this was going to be where we were at at the end of July, I would’ve vomited in horror-rage

  2. Mark Buehrle’s last game as a Blue Jay?

    Gregg Zaun seems to think so!

  3. So Peavy to the Red Sox? Overpay?

  4. Zaun is dumb

  5. Yeah Melky is slow as shit in the outfield but his defense isn’t bad. He hasn’t made an error all year.
    And I’d really like to see Josh Thole get the majority of the playing time, he can’t do any worse than Arencibia.

  6. I was thinking the Red Sox way underpaid for peavy, really sucks they’ll have him next year, for the cost of Iglesias and a few a ball prospects that aren’t even in there too twenty.

    • Agreed.

      Iglesias is having a great year that is definitely not sustainable for him.

      Sox cashed in an underwhelming asset during a career year.

      My question is what the fuck are the Tigers doing? trading their #2 prospect who is inthe midst of a great year for a Backup SS that will likely never hit? They must know Pheralta is gonna get suspended and pushed the panic button.

  7. I think it’s funny that Delabar did the amazing strike out the side on 9 pitches and only added 0.010 in win probability.

  8. I think the minimum number of pitches possible would be 3, no? 3 consecutive groundouts or flyouts

    • He struck out 3 batters on 9 pitches. 9 is the minimum number of pitches to strike out 3 batters.

      I would assume without doing any research that 3 up 3 down on 3 pitches is more common than striking out 3 on 9 pitches.

      • I suspect not as common as we’d think but certainly more common than 3 K’s on 9. Tried to look it up but got nothing, wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just a few times a year.

        Tangentially related but saying because I looked it up and feel the knowledge should be passed on. Turns out no-one has ever struck out four batters on 12 pitches. Since Delabar has both related feats in less than a year, maybe he’s the perfect guy to be first.

  9. MLB Trade rumors stated that the Jays are shopping for Kendrick but that the Angels need a SP.

    All AA needs to do now is to complete a three way trade to push off a few relievers to a third party for a starting pitcher then ship the starting pitcher and a prospect or two for Kendrick. Who would the third party be?

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