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Batter WPA aLI
3B – Lawrie -0.016 1.61
CF – Rasmus 0.101 1.25
DH – Encarnacion -0.161 1.70
1B – Lind -0.044 1.05
PH – Sierra -0.022 2.42
SS – Escobar 0.082 1.18 Pitcher WPA aLI
2B – Johnson -0.073 1.93 SP – Morrow -0.207 1.08
C – Arencibia -0.204 1.84 RP – Cecil 0.096 0.88
LF – Davis -0.019 1.90 RP – Lincoln 0.039 0.38
RF – Gose -0.111 2.29 RP – Frasor 0.040 0.65

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Hmmm.

Something about that hat, which the Jays will be wearing tonight to commemorate 9/11, strikes me as a bit off. Can’t quite put my finger on it…

(Oh, don’t worry, there’s a Canadian flag on the other side– lighten up!)

Scuttlebutt

Shi Davidi tweets that Chad Jenkins looks like he’ll get the start in the Jays’ doubleheader against the Orioles later on in the month.

John Farrell, via a tweet from John Lott, says that Anthony Gose will shift over to left field tomorrow, and that Adeiny Hechavarria will see some time at second base before the season is through.

A day after Francisco Cordero was released by the Astros, the Orioles have D’d Kevin Gregg FA. Who could have saw that coming? MLBTR has the info.

At Bluebird Banter, Dakers gets all up into Steve Buffery’s nuts… and bolts, ripping apart the Toronto Sun article I chose to ridicule in a less specific manner.

Lastly, for your between inning viewing pleasure, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked…

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone or tablet with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
A. Lind 1B
Y. Escobar SS
K. Johnson 2B
J. Arencibia C
R. Davis LF
A. Gose RF

B. Morrow RHP

Seattle Mariners

D. Ackley 2B
F. Gutierrez CF
K. Seager 3B
J. Jaso DH
J. Montero C
M. Saunders LF
E. Thames RF
M. Carp 1B
B. Ryan SS

E. Ramirez RHP

 

Image via shop.MLB.com.


Top Dog: Colby Rasmus, 9.8%
The Worst: Carlos Villanueva, -27.2%
Worst Bat: Edwin Encarnacion, -14.3%
Impact AB: Kelly Johnson Solo HR, Top 4, 12.0%
Impact Pitch: Eric Thames (fuck you) Home Run, Bot 5, -28.0%
Highest Leverage AB: Jeff Mathis F3, Top 7, 2.41
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Jesus Montero Run-Scoring GIDP, Bot 4, 2.64
Lineup Contribution: -16.2%
Pitching Contribution: -33.8%
Average Leverage Index: 0.90
Chart explanation

This series is the worst.

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)

Nelson Cruz running through a sign.

This season still going? Because… um… I’m seeing Kelly Johnson in the post-trade-deadline clean-up spot and I’m starting to think it’s probably Spring Training.

Hmm…

Wait a second– look at that lineup for the Mariners, too! IT IS SPRING TRAINING. IT WAS ALL A DREAAAAAAAAM!!!!!

Scuttlebutt

In a must read at Getting Blanked, our own Dustin Parkes Gose in depth on what’s Gose-ing on with the Jays’ Gose-Gose outfielder who seems a little bit lost: Moises Sier– oh, wait, I mean Anthony Gose.

Shi Davidi tweets that “John Farrell says a thought is to go with 6-man rotation after Monday’s offday, to keep JA Happ stretched out.” And by “stretched out,” I assume he means “not pissing his little pants about not starting, like a child in the throes of a tantrum,” right?

At North of the Border, Gregor Chisholm has a handy transcript of Jose Bautista’s chat with the media today about his injury and the trade deadline– including his defence of teammate Yunel Escobar.

Lastly, for your between-inning viewing pleasure, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked…



TV: Sportsnet One

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
D. Cooper 1B
R. Davis LF
J. Mathis C
A. Gose RF

C. Villanueva RHP

Seattle Mariners

D. Ackley 2B
M. Saunders CF
J. Montero DH
J. Jaso C
K. Seager 3B
C. Wells RF
M. Carp 1B
E. Thames LF
B. Ryan SS

B. Beavan RHP

 

Image via Otto Greule Jr./Getty.


Top Dog: Brett Lawrie, 12.2%
The Worst: Aaron Laffey, -31.1%
Worst Bat: David Cooper, -8.3%
Impact AB: Brett Lawrie 2-run 2B, Top 3, 14.0%
Impact Pitch: Dustin Ackley Home Run, Bot 1, -11.0%
Highest Leverage AB: David Cooper 2-out Groundout, Top 3, 1.99
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Trayvon Robinson RBI Single, Bot 2, 1.44
Lineup Contribution: -14.0%
Pitching Contribution: -36.1%
Average Leverage Index: 0.50
Chart explanation

I’d like Jose Bautista back, please.

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)

Travis Snider already has a run scored for the Pittsburgh Pirates, coming home on a Neil Walker grand slam after getting on base via an infield single. National League baseball, everybody!

At the time of writing Snider is 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his debut as the playoff-hunting Pirates’ number two hitter. (And that’s not even the most interesting ex-Blue Jay-related thing happening in that one!)

Stilllllllll a lot of people not quite processing the concept that Snider’s value was kinda poised to fall off a cliff if he didn’t secure a starting job with the 2013 Jays in what was to be slightly more than a two month cameo, in which he was already showing the signs of having trouble making contact. Nor are many grasping the positive signs in the peripherals Brad Lincoln has registered when pitching in relief this season, or the uptick in velocity.

Yes, it’s a risk to bet that Lincoln will keep this up and that everything finally clicking for Snider isn’t potentially right around the corner. But let’s stop talking about Lincoln like he’s been a dime-a-dozen reliever this year, or pretending that there wasn’t great risk going the other way too, by potentially passing on adding an on-the-upswing Lincoln to a thin stable of late inning relief arms under team control in order to try to the last to wring some measure of success out of Snider in one final Big League opportunity before his lack of options craters his value entirely.

And– not that it’s reason to feel comfortable about the deal in and of itself– the fact that the Jays have so much scouting power that’s backing their decisions ought to make you feel that, at the very least, Anthopoulos wasn’t stumbling around drunk in the middle of the night when this one went down.

Not that that’s going to stop anybody who really desperately fucking wants to from thinking that Anthopoulos suddenly went ether-blind, but… just sayin’.

Scuttlebutt

Holy shit, that sure is one lineup with which to start a new era of Jays baseball, isn’t it?

“We thought we were moving toward something late last night,” said Anthopoulos, according to Shi Davidi’s post-deadline piece at Sportsnet, not getting into specifics, and specifically not-specifically talking about Matt Garza (though, technically not). “We had a late night here, really late, didn’t get a whole lot of sleep, it carried over to the morning and it ended up falling apart.”

TV: Sportsnet One

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
D. Cooper 1B
Y. Escobar SS
K. Johnson 2B
R. Davis LF
J. Mathis C
M. Sierra RF

A. Laffey RHP

Seattle Mariners

D. Ackley 2B
C. Wells RF
M. Saunders CF
J. Montero DH
K. Seager 3B
M. Carp 1B
M. Olivo C
T. Robinson LF
B. Ryan SS

J. Vargas LHP

Image via Twitter.


Top Dog: Kelly Johnson, 8.3%
The Worst: Ricky Romero, -22.0%
Worst Bat: Jeff Mathis, -17.1%
Impact AB: Rajai Davis Leadoff HR, Top 1, 11.0%
Impact Pitch: Kyle Seager RBI Single, Bot 1, -10.0%
Highest Leverage AB: Kelly Johnson Strikeout, Top 4, 2.54
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: John Jason Run-Scoring GIDP, Bot 1, 2.75
Lineup Contribution: -29.7%
Pitching Contribution: 20.5%
Average Leverage Index: 0.76
Chart explanation

(image via Blue Jays Gifs)

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)