Mission ’13, Game 67: Jays win 6-1

RA Dickey takes the mound just a few days after making controversial remarks in an interview with Eno Sarris of Fangraphs.com. His remarks, though somewhat oblique and obscure, seemed to be directed at oft-injured younger teammates Brandon Morrow and Josh Johnson. Interestingly, starts by both Morrow and Johnson have been pushed back since Dickey did the interview. At any rate, the Jays face the Rangers in game 3 of their 4-game series having won the first 2 games in satisfying fashion. RA Dickey faced Josh Lindblom for the Rangers.

Chasing the 1930 Phillies

Game 67

PHI 25-42

TOR 31-36

The 1930 Phillies opened a series against one of the marquee franchises of the Senior Circuit, as they played the Giants at the Polo Grounds. The Giants had some of the most recognizable stars in the National League with Mel Ott, Travis Jackson, Bill Terry, Freddie Lindstrom, and Bob O’Farrell in the line up. Terry and Ott terrorized the Phils with 3 doubles and a homer, as Terry was on his way to becoming the last NL’er to hit .400 or better for a full season. As we might expect, the Phillies went down swinging. A huge comeback in the ninth, keyed by Chuck Klein and Monk Sherlock, saw the Phillies storm back with 5 runs to get into the Giants’ ‘pen but it fell short as the Phillies lost 10-8 to John McGraw and Co. Check the boxscore here and for some fun, count up th number of Hall of Famers that were involved in the game.

Adam Lind staked RA to an early lead, as he homered off the foul pole (fair pole?) in right field in the top of the 1st inning. Jose Bautista had singled and scored ahead of Lind to make the score 2-0 Jays. Dickey, for his part, walked one in the bottom of the frame ut no other damage was done. Of note was a pop out by Ian Kinsler. Kinsler is fresh off the DL.

RA Dickey was effective through 3 IP, yielding only a walk to Lance Berkman and a single to Leonys Martin, and striking out one. The wind conditions were very favourable as several well-hit balls only floated to the warning track in right field. This seems to have occurred since Lind’s home run off the pole in right.

The Jays have also had some hard hit balls to the warning track that seemed to die in a slipstream of wind that knocked down fly balls. Of course, as soon as I wrote this Rasmus stroked a 2-run homer over the wall in right. His homer made it 4-0 Jays, slipstream or not. The more the Jays hit balls well to right, the more it seems that the Rangers’ inability to do the same is attributable directly to RA Dickey.

As noted yesterday, it’s mid-month. We’ve looked at the offense and seen some improvement. Next up is the pitching staff:

R/G

ERA

ShO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

HBP

WP

BF

ERA+

Total

4.88

4.32

4

16

606.1

602

322

291

85

226

459

27

22

2617

97

Rank

15

10

t-4

10

5

4

2

5

t-2

4

13

t-1

t-8

5

9

May Rank

13

13

t-6

t-4

4

3

3

3

t-2

t-2

11

3

t-7

t-3

13

Apr Rank

15

15

t-7

t-2

6

1

1

2

10

13

14

t-3

t-8

3

14

This was lying on the floor at: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/2013.shtml

  • Since the Jays’ pitching improvements have been relatively recent (a week or so), it’s not reflected in their overall rank;
  • They give up a lot of hits, runs, homers, walks and strikeouts, and have done this fairly consistently;
  • They’re better—albeit slightly—in some key areas, such as ERA (can you imagine what it would be without the ‘pen performing so well?), ERA+, and the number of batters faced;
  • The pitching—especially the rotation—will need to improve substantially to make a move in the division.

A seemingly innocuous play by Adrian Beltre showed his baseball smarts when Jose Bautista made a catch against the wall in foul territory. Bautista’s catch was the second out with Pierzynski on 1B and Beltre on 2B. The catch was made in such a way that Bautista was in a poor position to make a throw so Beltre tagged up and moved to third, bad gams and all.

Why was this a good move? There’s always the threat of a passed ball/wild pitch with Dickey on the mound and with the Rangers struggling to score runs, it gave them an extra chance to score. He didn’t score as Dickey walked Murphy to load the bases but then struck out McGuiness to end the inning but it was a good move by a smart ballplayer.

The Rangers got to Dickey in the 6th inning, as they loaded the bases and scored on a fielder’s choice with the second out. Neil Wagner relieved Dickey with Ian Kinsler coming to the plate and induced a pop out to shallow center field to end the threat.

Wagner retired the first two batters of the 7th before allowing a soft single to Adrian Beltre. Brett Cecil came into the game in relief and retired AJ Pierzynski to end the inning.

Hardly noticed in all of this is that Josh Lindblom settled in after the homer by Rasmus. He and reliever Robbie Ross held the Jays scoreless for 3 innings and gave their team a chance to get back into the game.

The Jays used a walk, 2 singles, and an error in the top of the 9th inning to score an additional 2 runs against a couple of Texas pitchers, extending their lead to 6-1. Dustin McGowan pitched the bottom of the inning, giving up a double to Leonys Martin—the Rangers’ most steady offensive threat all game—but that was all.

The Jays guaranteed a series win with this game. let’s see if they can finish off the Rangers in the final game of the series tomorrow. When the teams met in Toronto, the Jays let their foot off the pedal and Texas won the final game of the series. They’ve pitched extremely well and had good, solid, timely offense. Their defense has also been solid. This is another good win for the Jays. They’re pulling it together.

Wes Kepstro

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3 Responses to “Mission ’13, Game 67: Jays win 6-1”


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