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Spending most of last summer watching the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, I don’t think I ever saw Kyle Drabek throw a cutter that looked as good as it did on Saturday. Nevertheless, if he can maintain it along with the rest of his arsenal Jays fans and management will be in for a real treat.

Dave Gershman is a columnist for Getting Blanked. You can find him at Beyond the Box Score as well as on his Twitter Account @Dave_Gershman

Aaron Hill suffered from a horrible BABIP in 2010. Well, most of that isn’t his fault. It’s funny because a hitter who strikes out as many times the Cubs have won a World Series over the past 100 years can have his end of season stats look really bad when it was not.

BABIP takes a look at your batting average only on balls put in play (obviously). A hitter such as Aaron Hill could just be hitting into the wrong spots on the diamond thus just being such a good hitter that he hits the ball into the wrong place time after time.


Ed. Note: Dave brings up a point about BABIP for hitters with which I don’t necessarily agree.  While major differences in BABIP from year to year should be looked at carefully before jumping to conclusions about a player’s performance at the plate, I believe you have to look at several other numbers before suggesting that a player was lucky or unlucky.  For a different take on what BABIP means for hitters, check out Jon Hale’s thoughts on the issue.

Dave Gershman is a writer for Beyond the Box Score as well as Penn League Report. You can find him on twitter @Dave_Gershman

Above, is Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros.  Below, is Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers (obviously). It’s a little complicated to understand at first, but let me help. The blue dots represent home runs hit during the 2010 season and the orange are fly balls. Simple right? Not so simple, actually — There’s a catch.

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As I can already see, the readers of Getting Blanked are not only readers, but BOOK readers (yeah, who needs iPads or Kindles anyway, right? Actually, I love my iPad). Thus, in order to take a quick break from reading and checking out everything Dustin, Drew, Travis and myself have to write about, you truly need a bookmark. Not only that, but you need a Getting Blanked bookmark!

To use this, here’s what you need to do:

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It sure is important that Yunel Escobar and Jon Rauch gather all of their wordsearches and crossword puzzles now — Flying/roadtrip wise, it’s going to be a long season. The Jays like every other team have a long and lengthy schedule — here’s s snapshot of how the Jays Journey will pan out.

You can follow Dave on Twitter @Dave_Gershman.

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for a warm welcome to Getting Blanked. I’ll be a weekly contributor from here on out, and I’m ecstatic about the opportunity. I am a columnist at Beyond the Box Score and my contributions to Getting Blanked will be similar to those that I do over at BtB. You can also follow me on Twitter: @Dave_Gershman

The Jays bullpen is an interesting one to say the least. Following an off-season in which they lost Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg, Alex Anthopoulos took initiative and fixed what was a semi-depleted bullpen. With the signings of Jon Rauch and Octavio Dotel and the acquisition of Carlos Villanueva to go along with re-signing Jason Frasor, John Farrell should have no problems feeling comfortable with the right handed heavy revamped pen.

In terms of projection systems, I personally like to use Marcel. Their basic forecasting system seems to get pitchers more accurately than hitters which is why I use them for projecting certain bullpens. Thus, in terms of FIP (fielding independent pitching), as well as walks per nine innings and strikeouts per nine innings, I’ve gone with Marcel’s projections for the Jays pen.