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Ryan’s Return

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Ok, I think it’s time to accept I might have a pitch f/x problem. While out and about, the very glimpse of SAVE – RYAN on the ticker of an ESPN channel evidently devoted 24/7 to Yankees/Sox highlights, and I started wondering out loud to La Senorita if B.J.’s velocity had completely returned. Fortunately, she responded that if I was just going to think about baseball all night, I may as well go back to the damn hotel right now. It’s good to have someone who understands what you do.

Anyway, here’s a quick look at what the Beej has at this point.

Velocity

His fastball is at 88-89. Still about three mph short of the 91-92 he normally sits at.

Movement

Those circles are the movement his pitches normally have. Incidentally- did you ever think of Ryan as having a killer cutter? Because that kind of rising/cutting (as opposed to Jesse Litsch’s that looks more like a slider) pitch is exceedingly rare- in fact, I can’t think of anyone other than Mariano Rivera who throws a pitch that moves like that. It would explain how he can get righties out, by cutting it in on their hands (just look at Accardo to see how ineffective a slider is when sliding in towards the batter).

Other than that, his fastball is there, but all over the place. He overthrew his first pitch of the game (no doubt incredibly geeked up) and it sailed and was clubbed for a triple. Then he got a grounder on an incredibly weak-ass slider, a pop up on a cutter, and a line out that landed in the mitt of Alex Rios.

Location

Beej has always been more of a control guy than a power closer, and here we see why. The first two outs he got with a man on third were on pitches that started as strikes and then dove in on the hands. Is there a better way to do it? The final pitch of the game was a bit of a meatball- I’m going to guess it was smashed right at Rios.

Anyway, this is way too much dissection of 10 pitches already, but it looks like B.J. is still finding his slider, but has enough of a fastball and cutter to saw bats off with his usual control. He’s not quite the guy he used to be, but then neither is Accardo…

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April 13, 2008 at 9:44 pm

A New Low?

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Two days after losing a pitcher’s duel to a kid’s first career home run, the Blue Jays managed to lose tonight to the worst team in baseball (6 wins in their last 30 games!) off a booming home run to left-centre by a guy who didn’t start the game because he has a sprained wrist.

Crawford always beats us, and just when it looked like it was physically impossible, he came off the bench for a couple innings and did it single-handedly (get it??) with a pinch run stolen base to tie the game and a miraculous, improbable, home run to win it in walk-off fashion.

“Oh, it didn’t feel good,” Crawford said. “I didn’t get a chance to loosen my wrist, I didn’t know I was going to be hitting today. I didn’t have a chance to loosen up. I took a hack and I missed it, kind of hurt a little bit.”

Then he smashed it 400 feet.

Do not adjust your set. This is the Blue Jays on the road. They were also had a number of chances to put this game out of reach close and late and failed miserably. But enough moaning…here are some tidbits that you might not actually know:

  • Jeremy Accardo is now leading the league for relievers with 8 against. True, our catcher’s aren’t great, but he’s much worse than our other relievers. Zaun didn’t have a chance to get Crawford even if he hadn’t 3-hopped it. The word is out on him- run, run, run.
  • Our Bullpen is one of the best in the league, but has a terrible record. Part of this has to be that we never give them any support. Close and late the team is terrible, and when trailing after 7, the team is 2-41. Losing BJ has had a huge effect- especially considering he was also at the top of the league in stranding runners even when he wasn’t closing a game.
  • Pitchers seem to have trouble with the Jays until they realize nobody on the team can hit a breaking ball. Ok forget it, you knew that.
  • John Gibbons used to be an Olympic hurdler.

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Written by halejon

July 31, 2007 at 6:47 am

Worst. Loss. Ever.

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Is there a worse way to lose/blow a save than a balk? Not only did the other team not have to do anything to beat you, but you didn’t really do anything either. Jeremy Accardo stepped off the mound poorly last night, and the Yankees won a game that was fought tooth and nail the entire way, a game that was the triumphant return of our ace, a game that we really, absolutlely, no kidding, 100% positively needed to win in order to continue to delude ourselves that there is anything more to play for this season.

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Some possibilities:

 

  1. Catcher’s interference on a swing drives in winning run
  2. Error with the lineup order makes the final out
  3. Runners pass on basepaths after what should be a walk-off home run
  4. The George Brett pine tar incident
  5. Not having enough players to continue after an injury

And an honourable mention from a little league Ontario championship game I saw once: in the last inning, the home team was down by 3. With a man (boy) on first, a monster of a 12-year-old hit a huge home run to center field (which was unheard of in that park at that age) to tie the game. As he was approaching home plate, his catcher came out out of the line of kids waiting to mob him at home plate and gave him a giant bear hug, lifting him off the ground. The umpire, an eager beaver 16-year-old, called the runner out instantly. That would be worse. Not much worse than tonight, but worse.

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July 18, 2007 at 6:18 am

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