August 14 v Red Sox

Batter pLI WPA
Reyes – SS 0.82 -0.104
Davis – CF 0.85 0.278
Bautista – RF 0.92 -0.018
Encarnacion – 1B 2.08 0.103
Lawrie – 3B 1.46 0.105
DeRosa – DH 1.12 0.032 Pitcher pLI WPA
Lind – PH / DH 0.13 0.004 Rogers – SP 1.09 0.245
Arencibia – C 0.93 0.044 Wagner – RP 0.97 0.151
Pillar – LF 1.18 -0.130 Cecil – RP 2.21 -0.454
Kawasaki – 2B  0.96 -0.071 Lincoln – RP 3.75 0.317
Total 1.16 0.241 Total 1.68 0.259

Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!

GBOOT: Brad Lincoln, 31.7%
Griffin: Brett Cecil, -45.4%
Impact At-Bat: Rajai Davis Double, Bot 10, 17.2%
Impact Pitch: Mike Napoli 2-Run Home Run, Top 9, -35.6%
Highest Leverage AB: Edwin Encarnacion Steals 2nd, Bot 10, 5.12
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Shane Victorino Flyout, Top 9, 6.88
Lineup Contribution: 24.1%
Pitching Contribution: 25.9%
Average Leverage Index: 1.42
Chart explanation

- Esmil Rogers’ line: 6ip, 5h, 1er, 1bb, 1hr, 6k, 98 pitches, 8 swinging strikes, 63 game score, 3.71FIP.

- Jon Lester’s line: 6.1ip, 6h, 2er, 2bb, 3k, 114 pitches, 5 swinging strikes, 52 game score, 3.51FIP.

- Esmil did just fine in 6 innings of work, putting runners on base in every inning but only getting hurt on a David Ortiz solo home run late in the game. He started with three strikeouts in the 1st inning and worked himself out of jams with runners in scoring position in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th.

- Neil Wagner got 3 strikeouts and didn’t allow a baserunner over his two innings of work in the 7th and 8th.

- Gibby went to Brett Cecil in the 9th and he gave up a 2-out 2-run game-tying home run to dirty old Mike Napoli. 3 hits, 2 runs, and a walk for Cecil, who was only able to get 2 outs in the inning. Brad Lincoln got a bases loaded flyout to end the threat and tiptoed through a nervous 10th to collect an all-important Win statistic.

- In the 3rd inning Rajai Davis scored the Jays most ridiculous run of the year. A hard ground ball back to the pitcher turned into what was affectionately dubbed a “Little League Home Run“. Lester took the ball off the leg and flipped a feeble attempt to first into shallow right field. Rajai broke for 3rd, Victorino’s throw skipped away after hitting him in the back and he trotted home with the game’s opening run. It’s the kind of the thing that and serves as a fun reminder that baseball produces a lot of ridiculous bounces in all directions, unless of course it had happened in Boston’s favour.

- Leadoff doubles in the 4th and 6th by Edwin Encarnacion led to RBI doubles for Mark DeRosa and J.P. Arencibia.

- In the 10th inning Davis led off with a double for his 3rd hit of the game. Jose Bautista grounded out, and Encarnacion was intentionally walked. Edwin took second for free (minimizing the highest leverage situation of the game) and Brett Lawrie singled to send the Jays into celebration mode.

- Munenori Kawasaki went 0-for-4, made a nice diving defensive snag, turned a few double plays and got to participate in gleefully celebrating on field with the whole team in his return, none of these things being a surprise. Munenori is magic.

- Kevin Pillar made his MLB debut in LF. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and 2 flyouts and made a decent diving catch, which likely sent a shiver up Melky Cabrera’s legs.

- 4 runs on 8 hits and an error for the Blue Jays.

- No matter what is going on it always feels nice to beat the Red Sox. People are apparently still booing John Farrell.

- If you’re going to a baseball game do not be the guy in the gif above.

- The (55-65) Jays host the rubber match tonight at the Rog Mahal at 7:07pm EST.

- The projected match-up is Mark Buehrle (4.24FIP, 1.7fWAR) vs Jake Peavy (4.32FIP, 1.2fWAR).

Comments (45)

  1. “You’re very bad at this”. Great caption.

  2. A grown man who wears a batting helmet and a glove to the game is effectively making fun of himself. Nonetheless, i appreciate the opportunity to take a jab at him.

    What a loser!

    • Loool

    • What was going on in that gif?

      • Jose lost a popup in the lights and the ball dropped. The “fan” started heckling him and Jose politely told him to STFU!

      • As I recall, Bautista lost a fly ball in the sky allowing an easy popup to land safely for 2 bases. This man child then proceeded to berate Jose incessantly about the error.

        • What dickweed. I hope the fans around him had the brain to tell him to sit down and didn’t join in.

      • I got to experience the Canadian invasion of Seattle last week. Incredible fans there, just so invested in the experience since they had all paid to get there.

        It was as if we were all taking in a playoff series instead of watching a 5th place team.

    • No f’cking kidding!

      If he was even someone i remotely knew I’d dump the guy.

      • Can’t believe everyone’s jumping on Joe Carter like that. Dude hit one of the biggest homers ever!

        Seriously though, that guy makes me weep for humanity.

    • We shouldn’t give that idiot with the batting helmet any attention. They even had shot of him on the broadcast. Treat him like the morons who run on the field: ignore him.

  3. Melky Cabrera can’t feel his legs.

  4. Great photo caption, great gif, mostly great game.

  5. Wagner had it going on last night. He’s a great find this season. Sorta like Delabar last season. I can see him being a useful piece next year… Or he could fall into oblivion. Whichever. Its still nice to find diamonds in the rough that can fit into the bull pen like Louper. If Perez comes back the Jays should be able to cobble together a pretty good pen next year too – even with the loss of Black Magic and whoever else.

  6. Anyone hear at the end of the game on the radio last night they made a point of saying the Blue Jays record with Kawasaki on the team (which is 38-33)? Essentially inferring he’s responsible for the win.


  7. implying

  8. Sanchez got over his blister quick, had a great game last night.

    Clinton hollon also promoted to bluefield so that’s pretty cool!

  9. One could say Rogers struck out the side around a fly out in the 1st

  10. That fuckin’ guy in the stands needed to be shut the fuck down. What a tool.

  11. Now, I don’t think that Kawasawki or Pillar are some sort of magic catalysts, but I do think that the defence was noticeably better yesterday due to their presence in the lineup.

  12. Muni IS magic. Blah blah *team chemistry* blah *mental state* blah *morale* blah.

    You know it actually does count for something. Not a lot, but a little.

  13. I would shed silent, bitter tears every time I saw both Boni and Izturis in the same lineup. Happy to hear this will never happen again.

  14. Love muni. He gets on base fully %10 over his batting avg. give em 2nd next year and let him run with it. We couldn’t be worse.

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