Was anybody else tired as hell on Saturday morning? Shout out to all of my Twitter people who were up with me until at least 3:45am on Friday night hoping the Blue Jays would pull out an extra innings win in San Diego. J.P. Arencibia basically threw the game away with an ill-advised throw to third base that allowed Jed Gyorko to plate three runs and tie the game. It is becoming increasingly difficult to justify his spot on the team with constant defensive miscues and “cross-ups”.
The Blue Jays were essentially in every ballgame and with a little luck might have even swept the Padres.
Wes recapped that tough Game 1 loss:
Ever since writing the piece about the Jays having a shot at improving because they won’t face the AL East as often, they’ve tanked. Their pitching has given up 15 runs and the defense, which showed modest improvement in May, has been awful. One of the chief culprits has been JP Arencibia, who continues to demonstrate his lack of Major League level skills and awful decision-making ability (never mind the incredible number of times he and the pitcher don’t communicate clearly or he gets crossed up).
I thought that if I heard one more comment about Adam Lind needing more at bats because he’s hitting so well, I’d lose my lunch. Coming into the game, Lind had 6 ABs against LHP this season (1 H, 3 K). He’s a .220/.264/.343 guy against lefties for his career with 191 Ks in 761 PAs. John Gibbons has optimized Adam Lind’s offensive contribution nicely. His single against herky-jerky lefty Joe Thatcher does not warrant more ABs against lefties.
Read all of his insightful prior game recaps here.
Wes has noted an eerily similar feel to the disastrous 2013 Toronto Blue Jays with the 1930 Philadelphia Phillies. I learned a lot and it was a great piece. Check it out.
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CURRENT RECORD: 24-33, 5th place, 10.5 games out of first place. (-40 run differential)
Here are the quick recaps and boxscores: (click on game scores for the Yahoo! boxscore)
Game 1 – Padres 4, Blue Jays 3 – Blue Jays lose in 17 innings.
Game 2 – Padres 4, Blue Jays 3 – Robbie Erlin solid.
Game 3 – Blue Jays 7, Padres 4 – Mark DeRosa hits 11th inning homerun.
UP NEXT: Off day Monday followed by a short two-game set in San Francisco (30-27, -14 run differential).