The Mockingbird

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

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  1. Someone managed catch the Gibbon’s “hurdle” on video:

    Dan

    July 31, 2007 at 6:27 pm

  2. Don’t tell Johnny Mac.

    Dan

    August 2, 2007 at 9:18 pm

  3. I’m not sure if this is a giant show of confidence in Mac or an admission that the idea was wrong…because despite all the hate for Royce, his numbers are pretty much exactly where they should be, both defensively and offensively…

    Jon

    August 3, 2007 at 4:27 am

  4. I think this is an admission that all our signings off the scrap heap were pretty much wrong. Wait.

    Damn you Redman!

    Dan

    August 3, 2007 at 1:48 pm

  5. Our off-season was spectacular.

    hroman

    August 3, 2007 at 1:53 pm

  6. Quick, someone tell Johnny Mac that Ray Olmedo is our starting SS of the future. He can’t know that he’s the only option now.

    And Redman was an all-star last year!!! Great signing for the stretch run!!!! How many explanation marks until you believe me!!!!!?

    Chris

    August 3, 2007 at 2:20 pm

  7. http://www.syracuse.com/articles/chiefs/index.ssf?/base/business-10/1186131619161360.xml&coll=1

    Confirmation.

    Ray Olmedo and JMac at SS. Sergio Santos to AAA!!!!!!!!

    Is that enough exclaimation marks for Sergio?!?

    Dan

    August 3, 2007 at 3:19 pm

  8. Santos blew my mind…lots of power, yes- but the guy is hitting .253 in AA, and the big excuse is that he was rushed the last time. But he was hot for a couple weeks just before we got fed up with Clayton’s D, so up he goes…

    How many !!!!’s do we get for Chacin actually patching together a non-shelling of a start in AAA!!!!!!!!! Oh boo, he got the loss…I guess he doesn’t “Know How to Win” after all…

    Jon

    August 3, 2007 at 5:09 pm

  9. Don’t worry, when Gus comes up he’ll have that vaunted Jays offense here to back him up, right?

    Chris

    August 3, 2007 at 5:42 pm

  10. That is a good article, Dan…I think that’s what most people don’t understand about trades these days. Current value has comparatively little to do with anything. It’s all about long term value.

    Well, if he can somehow convince them to start scoring his lifetime average of 6 runs per game in support, I say we get him up here NOW.

    halejon

    August 3, 2007 at 6:26 pm


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