August 20 vs Yankees Game 1

Batter pLI WPA
Reyes – SS 0.79 0.086
Davis – CF / RF 1.12 0.037
Bautista – RF 0.85 -0.015
Gose – CF 0.98 -0.020
Encarnacion – DH 0.96 0.002
Lind – 1B 1.46 0.060 Pitcher pLI WPA
Lawrie – 3B 2.04 -0.078 Rogers – SP 0.95 -0.047
Izturis – 2B 1.09 0.084 Cecil – RP 2.53 0.059
Thole – C 1.07 -0.165 Wagner – RP 1.70 -0.415
Pillar – LF 0.70 -0.034 Weber – RP 0.28 -0.054
Total 1.13 -0.043 Total 0.87 -0.457

Bests / Worsts of the game(s) after the jump!

GBOOT: Jose Reyes, 8.6%
Griffin: Brett Cecil, -45.4%
Impact At-Bat: Rajai Davis 2-Run Double, Top 2, 13.8%
Impact Pitch: Chris Stewart 2-Run Home Run, Bot 6, -43.8%
Highest Leverage AB: Brett Lawrie Flyout, Top 7, 4.62
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Stewart Home Run, Bot 6, 2.96
Lineup Contribution: -4.3%
Pitching Contribution: -45.7%
Average Leverage Index: 1.00
Chart explanation

- Esmil Rogers’ line: 5ip, 7h, 4er, 2bb, 1hr, 4k, 97 pitches, 8 swinging strikes, 39 game score, 5.24FIP.

- Ivan Nova’s line: 6.1ip, 9h, 4er, 2bb, 2k, 88 pitches, 4 swinging strikes, 39 game score, 3.83FIP.

August 20 v Yankees Game 2

Batter pLI WPA
Davis – RF 1.79 0.003
Izturis – 2B 1.32 -0.054
DeRosa – 2B 1.65 -0.046
Encarnacion – 1B 1.33 -0.045
Lind – DH 1.27 -0.145
Lawrie – 3B 1.14 -0.029
Arencibia – C 1.06 -0.047 Pitcher pLI WPA
Reyes – PH 2.33 0.082 Buehrle – SP 1.16 0.068
Gose – CF 1.67 -0.168 Loup – RP 2.00 0.001
Pillar – LF 1.50 -0.027 Santos – RP 3.58 0.171
Kawasaki – SS 1.53 0.097 Oliver – RP 3.32 -0.360
Total 1.46 -0.380 Total 1.55 -0.120

GBOOT: Sergio Santos, 17.1%
Griffin: Darren Oliver, -36.0%
Impact At-Bat: Rajai Davis Groundout, Top 9, -11.6%
Impact Pitch: Jayson Nix Home Run, Bot 7, -24.1%
Highest Leverage AB: Davis Groundout, Top 9, 4.48
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Jayson Nix Game Winning RBI Single, Bot 9, 4.68
Lineup Contribution: -38.0%
Pitching Contribution: -12.0%
Average Leverage Index: 1.50
Chart explanation

- Mark Buehrle’s line: 6.2ip, 6h, 2er, 1bb, 1hr, 5k, 110 pitches, 7 swinging strikes, 58 game score, 3.94FIP.

- Phil Hughes’ line: 6ip, 7h, 2er, 2bb, 6k, 100 pitches, 15 swinging strikes, 54 game score, 2.04FIP.

Game 1: The Jays got out to a 4-0 start in the 2nd inning on the back of a Maicer Izturis RBI single, a Kevin Pillar RBI groundout, and a 2-run double by Rajai Davis. Robinson Cano hit a 3-run shot in the 3rd to bring the Yankees within one, and Chris Fucking Stewart hit a 3-run shot of his own off Neil Wagner in the 6th to put the Yanks ahead. Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner drove in a couple coffin nails to put the game away.

Game 2: The Jays got on the board early when Rajai led off the game with a single, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd and then scored on a wild pitch. Cano tied the game in the 3rd with an RBI single. Davis continued his quality day with a sac fly in the 5th, which put the Jays ahead until Jayson Fucking Nix hit a solo shot to tie it at 2. The tie held until the 9th, when Jayson Fucking Nix hit a walk-off RBI single to score Ichiro.

Game 1: Esmil Rogers was… Oh, I don’t know, fine I suppose through 5+ innings, allowing base runners in each but only really getting burned by one of the finest hitters in baseball. Brett Cecil came on in the 6th to strike out the only batter he faced and gave way to Neil Wagner, who struck out Mark Reynolds (not impressive, really), walked Jayson Fucking Nix, and gave up the death blow to Stewart. Thad Weber gave up some fairly inconsequential hits and runs.

Game 2: Mark Buerhle continues to Mark Buerhle, dipping and dodging through real trouble while giving up minimal damage and working quickly. Evidently nobody could stop Jayson Fucking Nix yesterday so you can’t really blame him for the home run in the 7th. Aaron Loup came on to finish the 7th and got a few outs in the 8th. Sergio Santos got the only batter he faced out (giving him WPA player of the game honors), and Darren Oliver continued to be too old for this shit, giving up the game-winning hit to Jayson Fucking Nix.

Game 1: Jose Bautista was pulled from the game after aggravating a hip injury and after the 2nd game he was officially put on the DL for at LEAST 15 days. Moises Sierra will likely be called up because he’s literally the only OF left on the 40-man roster.

- Game 2: Maicer Izturis sprained his ankle running to 1st and was replaced by Mark DeRosa.

- Rajai Davis had 3 hits and drove in 3 runs over the course of the day. He also stole his 37th base which is incredible given how rarely he is takes regular at-bats.

- Kevin Pillar got his first major league hit, if you need the smallest possible thing to get excited about.

- Jose Reyes had 3 hits, despite not being in the starting lineup for game 2. He appeared in a pinch-hitting role and came through with a lead-off single in the 9th.

- There’s a chance the MLB level Toronto Blue Jays field a lineup with Munenori Kawasaki, Moises Sierra, Anthony Gose, and Kevin Pillar in it this week. Hope you bought your flex packs early.

- Also:

Love This Team

- The (57-69) Jays lose back to back games in the span of a few hours, Game 3 of the 4-game series is tonight at New Yankee Stadium at 7:05pm EST.

- The projected match-up is R.A. Dickey (4.78FIP, 1.3fWAR) vs Adam Warren (4.66FIP, -0.1fWAR).

Comments (28)

  1. Dismantle the bad players starting with izturid

    • Generally speaking, a player who has a ton of good seasons, then one bad season, is not considered “bad.”

      Izturis’ last five seasons by fWAR? 3.2, 1.0, 2.0, 0.8, -2.3

      Looks more than serviceable to me. It’s reasonable to expect, given his age of 33, that he’ll bounce back next season.

      • So a guy with a 1 WAR or less in three out of the last four years, including negative WAR this year..looks serviceable to you? Notice that 3 WAR season getting smaller and smaller in the rearview? Izturis is a problem.

        • Back where I come from, “serviceable” means “will work in a pinch,” or translated into baseball terms, “bottom of the order bat who is neither a liability nor a star.” Fangraphs defines 1-2 WAR as “role player,” and that’s exactly what Izturis is.

          If you can improve on Izturis, awesome, go do that. But last I heard, Cano, Pedroia, Kinsler, and Phillips were all unavailable.

  2. The series doesn’t end tonight. There’s another game in NY tomorrow too.

  3. The Jays either have the worst scouts in the history of the world or something in the Toronto air turns good players into shitbags

  4. Watching that GIF makes one wonder why the hell Lawrie played one pitch at second base.

    Has Jobu cursed this team?

  5. Jose R’s hair has been like that for a while now. But it requires noting.

    WTF !!!

    • it’s called the ‘warrior monk’ My buddy has been sporting a longer version of that for about 5 years. Drew gooden used to rock it as well

  6. Adam Warren starts for NYY? So you’re saying there’s a chance…

  7. Yeah I did not think Oliver would be close to how he was last year. Send him home early. Fuck.

    As Stoeten said, real grass now. Argos would probably get better interest and attendance at Varsity. I will never deal with Skywalk and Union station and always being on the wrong side of the Rogers Center and having to walk around and walk up ten miles to the 500′s to sit alone and watch the Argos.

    I would most certainly walk up the street after work and hit up Varsity amongst a bunch of drunk university students.

    • Haha

    • Or BMO field. Rogers should just buy the team from David Braley while its news division finds some scandal on the Conservative Senator. Buy the team and stick them in BMO field (after the appropriate renovations are made).

  8. Now you know why no one wanted to take Oliver at the trade deadline

    • I understand about Oliver, but guys like Rajai and Janssen I dont get. Unless people just didnt offer enough. But in a month AA will either have to sign them or let them go. I think I’d rather get something for them.

  9. The Jays record is really good when they score first. Except against NY.

  10. can we take up a collection for grass at the dome? i feel like all the jays fans in the country would be in for $5 at least.

    • Sure and Rogers Corp will put it to good use.

    • SkyDome was already built with public money (over $600 million of it) and through a series of transactions Rogers was able to buy the building for $25 million. Yikes.

      Rogers can afford to put in their own grass and they should.

  11. It seems like some of the Jays are checking out this year. If the Jays were remotely in a race, Bautista would still be playing and so would Colby (with his mystery rib injury). Where is Melky on his road to recovery — it’s been more than two weeks since a press release on his recovery?

    Delabar and Johnson are working very slowly too. Brandon Morrow has a mystery injury.

    This team has given up. I know that injuries take time to heal, but it seems like no one’s even trying to get better.

    They are 4-9 in the last 13 games with FIVE of those losses in walk-off or last inning losses. If the bullpen holds those leads or ties, the Jays are 9-4 instead.

    This team has given up. Aaron Loup, Darren Oliver, and Casey Janssen are no longer really able to hold leads any longer.

    It’s just frustrating to watch this team play so poorly especially when the starting pitching seems to have come back.

    • I don’t know why Reyes isn’t shut down for a week or two as well

    • While I agree that the Jays are no longer really trying (and fuck… why would they?) how exactly do you “try” to get better? Healing isn’t a skill.

      Really at this point why have Bautista, Colby, Reyes play through aches and pains? You gain nothing from it except the possibility of turning a minor injury into a major one. I think I’d almost rather have the farm hands get some pre-September time in to see them get some work in before other teams expand their roster.

  12. “Morrow, Johnson, Dickey, Reyes, Lawrie, Cabrera and Izturis combined to produce 21.0 rWAR in 2012. In 2013 so far? -1.6. Wow.”


    Fun fact… out of all those guys that AA traded the farm (and chewed up payroll) for the guy with the most rWAR? Mark Buehrle.

  13. I was curious as to whether Rajai (0.1457) led in SB/PA, but for batters with over 100 PAs, he actually just barely trails Jarrod Dyson (0.1469) of the Royals. Crazy. The two of them have a sizeable lead over Everth Cabrera (0.0851) but is the most full time amongst them with 435 PA.

    • I’m more impressed by his ratio. Percentage points ahead of Ellsbury among elite base-stealers, and the only guys ahead of them are the lesser 15/15 or 19/20 types.

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