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Trying something new with the Assorted Weekend Thoughts this week: it’ll come at you as a series of smaller posts on a mostly-single topic (i.e. what normally would have gone under one sub-heading), rather than one big slog through it all that I don’t publish until 4:45 PM. Let’s see how this works, shall we?

It would be real tempting to shoehorn what happened over the weekend in Houston into some narrative about the Jays being sloppy, unfocussed, distressed about what didn’t happen at the trade deadline, so some other such thing that avoids the plain fact that the team simply didn’t play well. They too often didn’t make their pitches, too many balls they hit found gloves, all that good stuff.

It’s more complicated than that, of course, but really it’s kinda not, and as much as people love to harangue anyone they perceive to be an optimist with nonsense about good teams not losing to bad ones, that’s as much a pile of garbage today as it was the day the Jays arrived, when the Astros were coming off a series win against the A’s, or when they won a series against the Tigers at the end of June, or the Orioles and Mariners in May, or the Yankees at the start of the year.

That doesn’t make it good that it happened, but it’s baseball. It does happen. We know this. And now it’s onward to bigger and better things, after a day of rest — or, y’know, one of schmoozing in the VIP at OVO Fest *COUGH* — that seemed much needed by the end of the ten-game, three-city road trip the club just concluded.

Gah! Did I just do the narrative shoehorning thing myself??

Anywho, the Orioles come in to Rogers Centre tonight, and let’s effing hope the Jays are refreshed and ready and all those silly things it’s implied they were not when they happened to not win baseball games in Houston over the weekend. It’s already the fifth of August, the Jays still hold a playoff spot — albeit the second Wild Card one, and the right to go to Anaheim (or Oakland?) — and are facing the team they’re chasing for top spot in the A.L. East. So… yeah. It’s big. Maybe not quite yet the “meaningful September baseball” we’ve craved for lo these many years, but by all rights the atmosphere will be thick.

And with the fact that getting swept could send the Jays tumbling all the way to seven games back, um… maybe we shouldn’t take it for granted. I’ve got my tickets!


Image via Instagram. And no, you cannot complain about Jays players being there on an off day.

Blue Jays Orioles Baseball

Continuing our impromptu “You Be You” series, let’s have a look at something rather delicious that was posted over at Orioles Hangout, a Baltimore fan forum that features some delightfully unhinged ramblings, apparently. And, unsurprisingly, didn’t have a whole lot of love after last night’s big win for the Jays, Brett Lawrie, or his “supposedly Canadian” maple bat.

Take it away, “section18″ (everything [sic'd]):

I agree with you 100%. Lawrie has joined the CHEATERS Club in Toronto. With their supposedly Canadian maple bats and the guy who flashes signs in CF this will be a bad series for us. It is what it is. Toronto crushes the ball with some of the longest HR’S you’ll ever see. Their players know they are cheating and act like jerks on the field and in the dugout. Some day MLB will investigate. Their announcers even joke about their long HR’S in Toronto. They say on the air “Wow.” How did he do that?

Lawrie I believe hit his first HR of the season the last Sunday game recently at OP. He hit a homer to deep left field that went to the concourse area where fans walk just below the lower reserved seat section. It was like a lazer. I was at the game Rasmus hit the two out two strike pitch to tie the game off Hunter on Saturday night when they were here recently. I believe they said it was a high outside 97 mph fastball he pulled and crushed to right field. They were still talking about this HR a week after he hit it and they wondered how he pulled that pitch and hit it that far. The guy was a bust with St. Louis and gets traded to Toronto and suddenly finds his HR stroke just like Bautista and Encarnacion. You can google the story from last season or the season before when the Red Sox bullpen saw a guy in the CF seats flashing signs to their hitters. I think they had already hit several HR’S that game and Boston stopped the game and told the umpires who made the guy move. I noticed after the last HR tonight they hit Buck was looking out to the outfield it seemed a long time. We need someone from the team to sit out there in CF and look for the guy. On their next long HR Buck needs to ask to see the bat and have it checked. Not sure about the rule on this. I know the old pine tar story but this is different. I haven’t been watchingToronto closely this year when they bat to see what kind of bats they are using. Last year their HR guys were all using black bats. It’s harder to spot anything on a black bat.

Back to Lawrie. I’ve read and heard players talk about him and they say he is a real jerk and most players don’t like him.

So. Good.

Now, blithely painting with a broad brush when it comes to deranged fans is… kind of what we do around here, so I’m just going to go ahead and say that Baltimore fans are pretty clearly fucked in the head. Because that’s hilarious. Not that anybody needs me to point that out, of course, it’s just… man, the legs that ESPN’s half-baked Man In White story — aka “Worst Cheaters Evar!!!” —  has managed to have is pretty astounding. Y’know, given that it was utter horseshit and about as statistically sound as the person above’s steaming C.H.U.D. of a mud monkey of a turd of a comment.


Crotch grab in the direction of commenter pastlives for the find. Image of the comment’s author (who might actually, literally, be the best) via Center Field Gate. [Not seen: tinfoil hat].

June 23rd v Orioles

Batter pLI WPA
Cabrera – LF 0.58 0.015
Bautista – RF 0.22 0.000
Encarnacion – DH 0.23 0.163
Lind – 1B 0.20 0.019
Rasmus – CF 0.42 0.022 Pitcher pLI WPA
Arencibia – C 0.61 0.102 Johnson – SP 0.62 0.120
Izturis – 3B 0.57 -0.016 Loup – RP 0.35 0.018
Bonifacio – 2B 0.47 0.076 J.Perez – RP 0.03 0.001
Kawasaki – SS 0.32 -0.020 McGowan – RP 0.00 0.000
Total 0.39 0.360 Total 0.47 0.140

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May 26th vs Orioles

Batter pLI WPA
Cabrera – LF 2.05 -0.188
Bautista – RF 2.50 -0.192
Encarnacion – 1B 1.51 0.034
Lind – DH 2.12 -0.038
Arencibia – C 1.90 0.389
Lawrie – 3B 2.68 -0.137
Gose – CF 2.53 -0.096 Pitcher pLI WPA
Bonifacio – 2B 1.38 -0.111 Jenkins – SP 1.15 0.030
Rasmus – PH 4.12 0.120 Weber – RP 1.66 0.057
DeRosa – 2B 7.37 -0.131 Loup – RP 0.67 -0.055
Kawasaki – SS 3.29 0.942 Delabar- RP 1.10 -0.124
Total 2.41 0.592 Total 1.10 -0.092

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San Francisco Giants v Toronto Blue Jays

Dickey Face!

Well now here’s some nonsense.

With key starters Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez hurting, the Baltimore Orioles, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, seem to have taken the opportunity to notice out that they can’t keep winning games on smoke, mirrors, a decent lineup and a ridiculous bullpen forever– right? RIGHT????– and could probably use finding some kind of top-of-the-rotation help.

This seems a simple enough observation, but getting there is going to be another matter for the O’s, especially since Heyman informs us that GM Jim Duquette has apparently been “telling teams that top Orioles pitching prospects Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy are absolutely and understandably untouchable.”

Uh… yeah… pretty sure the O’s conversation about any team’s ace-calibre pitcher that doesn’t start with either Gausman or Bundy is going to go over like a Jon Heyman-shaped lead balloon, but why the hell should that stop anyone from indulging ridiculously in speculation, eh?

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April 24th v Orioles

Batter pLI WPA
Davis– LF 1.34 -0.082
Bonifacio – 2B / CF 1.29 -0.161
Bautista – RF 1.04 -0.038
Encarnacion – 1B 1.13 0.034
Cabrera – DH 1.08 -0.098
Arencibia – C 1.15 0.179 Pitcher pLI WPA
Rasmus – CF 0.65 -0.053 Morrow  – SP 0.98 0.022
DeRosa – PH 1.84 -0.046 Loup – RP 2.20 -0.249
Kawasaki – SS 2.36 0.050 Oliver – RP 2.51 0.252
Lawrie – 3B 1.50 -0.005 Rogers – RP 3.42 0.142
Izturis – SS / 2B 2.26 0.346 Janssen – RP 2.70 0.208
Total 1.34 0.125 Total 1.72 0.375

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April 23rd v Orioles

Batter pLI WPA
Kawasaki – SS 0.92 -0.118
DeRosa – PH / 2B 2.16 0.086
Lind – DH 0.51 0.023
Davis – PH 3.45 -0.042
Bautista – RF 1.28 -0.130
Encarnacion – 1B 1.41 0.214
Cabrera – LF 1.56 -0.113
Lawrie – 3B 1.54 -0.164
Rasmus – CF 1.25 -0.067 Pitcher pLI WPA
Izturis – 2B / SS 1.00 -0.028 Dickey – SP 0.84 -0.158
Blanco – C 0.79 0.020 Cecil – RP 0.80 0.060
Arencibia – PH / C 1.82 -0.102 Rogers – RP 0.36 -0.158
Total 1.31 -0.421 Total 1.42 -0.079

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