Mission ’13, Game 17: Yankees win 9-4

The Blue Jays lost to a team that fielded Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay. Their starting pitcher, Andy Pettitte, is 41 years old and needed only four pitches to retire the last four hitters he faced, in a return to the mound after suffering back issues. Oft-injured Travis Hafner also had a big game and Ichiro stroked his first two doubles of the season. The Yankees are missing Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez. I guess the news of the Yankees’ demise was premature.

The Jays aren’t hitting, they aren’t pitching, and their fielding is pitiful. Jose Bautista made his return after missing four games due to back spasms. He homered, as did JP Arencibia, but the game was well out of hand by that point. I guess the news about the Blue Jays dramatic improvement was also premature.

Emilio Bonifacio pinch hit for Rajai Davis late in the game and struck out for the 17th time in 16 games. It’s difficult for him to pressure defenses and steal bases when he strikes out. He’s also one of the worst bench players I’ve had the displeasure to watch. Colby Rasmus was 0-for-the-lefty and made a throwing error that led to two runs. Melky is slugging .273.

Injuries are a factor but they’re a factor for other teams as well, like the New York Yankees, the team that embarrassed the Jays tonight.

Wes Kepstro


4 Responses to “Mission ’13, Game 17: Yankees win 9-4”

  1. 1 @ALEastbound April 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I have to give Andy Pettitte credit. He is throwing the ball extremely well. Velocity is as high as it has been in years. Jays made him look a bit better overall but he was sharp.

    The game was over when JPA missed that throw. That was brutal

    • 2 Wes Kepstro April 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I thought about changing the wording of the error play because it made it sound like it was completely Rasmus’ fault. The throw was brutal and JP’s attempt at whatever he was trying to do was equally brutal, almost to the point of being comical.

      I am on the verge of joining the masses in the belief that TOR will go nowhere with these two up the middle. Good teams are strong defensively up the middle. The corollary is also accurate: strong defense up the middle will make a team better than perhaps it ought to be (e.g. BAL in 2012, though there were other factors). Any offense is gravy. TOR has neither. I believe that this is a key reason why they underachieve.

      The Tampa Bay Rays currently strengthen my point with Yu-bar and KJ up the middle. Picked by many to win the East, they struggle to string together more than one win at a time and are 3-7 in their last 10. Things are so bad that Zobrist is their regular 2B: he’s very good there, but he’s better in RF and they have two other 2B, one of whom is a regular 2B. They’re both former Jays, I might add…

      • 3 @ALEastbound April 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

        I am with you and have been on that train for a while. Twitter is nuts with JPA fans when he his BABIP inspired 300+ BA was combined with power. Everyone thinks he has suddenly transformed into Mike Piazza. He is the exact same hitter. Low avg, terrible (TERRIBLE) OBP and some dingers.

        Plus no defense.

      • 4 Wes Kepstro April 20, 2013 at 9:42 am

        I just noticed that TB played Kelly Johnson in LF last night. He still strikes out like some Poindexter looking for a prom date. NB: the Rays played all three of their 2B last night (Zobrist-RF, Johnson-LF, Roberts-2B). I’d give my eye teeth to have Maddon and Zobrist in TOR.

        I just don’t understand TOR’s fascination with mediocre defense. Even Bautista is seen as some defensive wizard wherever he plays, regardless of the numbers.

        Anyways, I’m still reasonably sure that the Blue Jays’ players will regress to the mean. The good players will begin to play well in the not-too-distant future. Reasonably sure, but growing more and more frustrated…

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