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Blue Jays Stats Pack – April 2013 – Hitters

Here is the Blue Jays stat pack for the month of April.  Let’s take a look at some key stats for the Blue Jays hitters and pitchers.

April, 2013                        AVG    OBP   SLG   H     HR   BB%   K%   wOBA   BABIP  
Jose Reyes .395 .465 .526 15 1 11.6 9.3 .434 .424
Jose Bautista .195 .311 .519 15 7 14.4 24.4 .356 .167
Edwin Encarnacion .229 .308 .505 17 9 9.4 16.2 .350 .195
J.P. Arencibia .245 .260 .549 11 8 1.9 36.5 .342 .304
Adam Lind .234 .403 .298 11 0 22.6 9.7 .325 .262
Rajai Davis .279 .313 .410 17 1 1.5 20.0 .315 .340
Colby Rasmus .230 .295 .426 20 4 7.4 42.1 .314 .372
Brett Lawrie .214 .262 .375 12 2 4.9 27.9 .276 .263
Munenori Kawasaki .227 .308 .295 10 0 9.6 13.5 .271 .256
Melky Cabrera .243 .292 .288 27 0 6.7 15.0 .260 .287
Mark DeRosa .156 .256 .313 5 1 10.3 20.5 .262 .160
Emilio Bonifacio .179 .222 .313 12 0 4.1 31.5 .233 .267
Maicer Izturis .198 .225 .291 17 2 3.3 7.8 .227 .195
Henry Blanco .125 .176 .125 2 0 5.9 35.3 .145 .200

How much do the Blue Jays miss Jose Reyes?  Given their hack-tastic ways throughout the lineup Reyes provides patience, a low strikeout rate, some pop and great speed.  The Blue Jays are going absolutely nowhere without Reyes this season.

A few other notes:

-Surprisingly Jose Bautista still checks in ahead of Encarnacion in terms of wOBA on the strength of his BB%.

-J.P. Arencibia has an absolutely unacceptable 1.9 BB% for the season.  Brett Lawrie is not much better at 4.9 BB%.

-Colby Rasmus with an almost unreal 42.1 K%

-Five batters are hitting under .200 in various amount of PAs.  Five players also have a .200 or worse BABIP.

-There is plenty of slugging throughout the lineup but not enough contact.  Melky Cabrera has been plain awful.  Kawasaki is outperforming him, at the plate.

Here are the Blue Jays offensive stats as a team and associated rank within the American League.

Stat             AVG OBP SLG R H HR BB K SB BABIP
Toronto .228 .293 .397 105 212 35 80 228 17 .263
A.L. Rank 15 14 12 12 13 3 11 5 4 15

What more is there to say?  The Blue Jays are one of the worst offensive teams in baseball.  Near the bottom of the AL in wOBA, wRC+, OPS+ and dead last in batting average.  They strike out too much, walk too little and hit for a horrendous average.

The Blue Jays have also had rotten luck on balls hit into play however a lot of teams play dramatic shifts on almost all of our key hitters which will lead to a lower BABIP than most teams.  That is a statistic that should improve and help the Jays look a little better offensively overall.

Blue Jays Month In Review – April, 2012

Here is the April monthly review or recap of the Toronto Blue Jays as we break down what happened over the past 30 days or so.  It was definitely an interesting month and beginning of another MLB season for the Jays. 

Record 13-11
Standings 4th place, 3.0 games back
Runs Scored 4.7
Runs Against 4.3
Run Differential 0.4
Pythag. Record* 13-11
1run games 2-2
Past 10 5-5
Past 20 11-9
>.500 5-9
<.500 8-2
Home 7-7
Road 6-4
vLHP 5-3
vRHP 8-8

*refers to the Pythagorean record which is the win total expected based on the teams run differential

The Toronto Blue Jays have had a decent month (above chart includes May 1, 2012) overall and have played most teams very tough.  As you can see they have beaten the teams with sub .500 records handily but have struggled against teams above .500 (thanks Baltimore). 

Their Pythag. record is right in line with what their run differential says it should be so thus far they haven’t been a victim of super bad statistical luck.  They have scored the third most runs in the AL East and have given up the third most, right in the middle of the pack on both rates.

Have a look at the offensive numbers and where they rank in the American League (14 teams):

AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  2B  HR   BB K SB  CS 
.240 .316 .401 .717 35 30 86 164 13 7
11 8 7 7 13 4 4 10 7 4

 It hasn’t been a pretty month offensively as we all know.  Some of our key veteran hitters haven’t produced at the expected level and our numbers reflect that.  If Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus show improvement it will go a long way into making our offensive attack much more potent.

Have a look at the pitching numbers and where they rank in the American League (14 teams):

ERA IP H ER  BB  K HR  SV 
3.87 223.0 194 96 87 160 36 4
5 3 5 8 13 10 13 10

 The pitching staff was expected to be a weakness coming into the season but has definitely performed very well considering the starting group is the majors youngest.  It is still an area of concern going forward especially the back end where it is unclear how many innings will be given to Henderson Alvarez and Drew Hutchison. 

If Kyle Drabek continues building on a successful start he can be a solid number three starter for any team in baseball.  All in all it was a solid month of baseball for the young Toronto Blue Jays and the excitement and optimism surrounding the team in spring training is still alive heading into May.

Here are the upcoming series on tap for the month of May, which is shaping up to be an extremely difficult month overall with some tough matchups:

@LAA (x4), @OAK (x2), @MIN (x4), TBay (x2),  NYY (x2), NYM (x3), @TBay (x3), @Tex (x3), BAL (x3)


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