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Stop the Calendar

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In April, last night’s one-run game would somehow have ended gut-wrenchingly for the Blue Jays. I don’t know…maybe Overbay would have air mailed his throw to the plate to get Cust, or Rios would not have got a good jump off Mark Ellis’ shot in the gap (and showed why it’s a bit of joke to have him buried in RF for the next 6 years- does Wells get to that ball? Be honest now…)

But the Jays are on fire in May, so it was their turn to spoil a great start from the opponents ace with some timely plays. They’re now 18-9 in May despite scoring a pathetic 3.48 runs per game- 26th in the league, which has really kept enthusiasm at bay. I get the feeling that if they were scoring 7 runs a game and bailing out a terrible pitching staff the Jays would be making national headlines instead of the collective groan after Greg Smith last night did pretty much what he’s been doing to teams all season.

Probably should have mentioned this before the game, but there was some classic lazy statting about Halladay “having a ‘mental block’ against the A’s” on CBC. Coming into tonight, the A’s who actually still play for the team were hitting .185 against him. Think that might be a little more relevant?


Written by halejon

May 29, 2008 at 2:51 am

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  1. pardon my language, but fuck greg smith!

    Navin Vaswani

    May 29, 2008 at 10:51 am

  2. Yes, Wells gets to that ball. Why some of you may contend his D dropped off the last 1-2 years, I found that it was only on the balls in front of him, that we were seeing less shoe top catches. I really believe Wells gets to that ball, and is a better OF than Rios, who gets way too much love from Jays fans for his defense. Sure, he made some nice throws recently, but he also airmailed a bunch where he had dead ducks at the plate with a good throw. The debate is not as clear cut as you make it out to be.


    May 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm

  3. *While


    May 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm

  4. Hey, I didn’t say it was clear cut…(almost). I mean Rios is obviously capable of being an above average CF, so having him stuck in a corner slot is a waste. I wonder about that kind of ball though, which was just hanging up and not difficult to judge. In a pure footrace to the gap I think Rios blows Wells away. It’s on his routes and first step that Wells still has a big edge.

    Totally disagree that Rios gets too much love for his defense. All I heard last year was that he was lazy and took stupid routes, and Rios came out on top of the league in both range and arm in the fielding bible. I haven’t seen a bunch of airmailed throws this year- that one to get Guillen was SICK. The ball was dribbled into CF and Rios cleared the mound with a bullet and made the throw that Vernon managed 1/3 in those two games against Boston look easy.


    May 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm

  5. He has had a few throws to home from RF tail really badly up the 3B line.


    May 30, 2008 at 1:09 am

  6. I don’t see the point in referencing the season long RPG average or even that for any particular month. the phases a team goes through are not determined by the calander.

    the Jays have had 4 distinct “phases” this season:

    14 games: 8-6…5.43 RPG to 3.06 RPGA
    14 games: 3-11…2.86 – 4.29
    11 games: 6-5…2.64 – 3.72 (2.90 if you don’t count that 12-0 in Cleveland)
    17 games: 13-4…4.59 – 2.71 (4.13 without the 12-0 in Oakland)

    And that 4.59 per game is good enough that if we’d been doing that all season we’d have the third most runs in the AL right now. Why is it logical to be down on the offense now when it’s not misfiring the way it did in the second half of April? Sure it’s not the powerhouse we’d like to have (after all, Wilkerson is still here) but pointing to a sub-4 RPG average doesn’t tell the whole story either.


    May 30, 2008 at 4:17 am

  7. How is it any better to cut it into 14 or so games rather than 30 though? I’m sure we could go into 10/5/2 game periods and find other distinct phases as well (and 4.13 still sucks). I’m not trying to say anything deep about their offense being related to a particular month, I just keep lumping the month of May together because their record has been off the chart in it and it’s a decent sample size.


    May 30, 2008 at 8:18 am

  8. “But the Jays are on fire in May . . .”

    I look forward to watching them demolish LAA on Sunday, May 32nd.


    May 30, 2008 at 11:46 am

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