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Game 72 vs. Miami Marlins

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Miami Marlins

Sun, June 24th, 2012 1:10 PM @ Marlins Park

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Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez called Logan Morrison, Logan Morgison! (Contributed by @ShakeelSalamath)

Buck Blunder 1 - I didn’t think it would take this long, but Buck Martinez finally called the Miami Marlins, the Florida Marlins as he said Florida is up 4-0. (Contributed by @mcknight_david)

Buck Blunder 3 - Buck Martinez says that Logan Morrison pulls the ball to left a lot, but he’s a lefty, so he pulls to the right side. (Contributed by @tpop7)

Buck Blunder 4 - I wonder how long it will take for Buck Martinez to break this habit calling Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Stanton. (Contributed by @MichaelStanier)


BPA Stats Of The Week (Sep 19-25)

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Bautista Protection Agency

Don’t know what BPA is? Check out the blog post here.

The Blue Jays tried to play some Wild Card spoilers as they face 2 out of 3 teams in the AL Wild Card Hunt. They tied a 4 game series with the Angels (which really hurt their chances) and what’s new, only won 1 game out of 2 in Tampa. This has been the most intense wild card race ever!

This week saw only Eric Thames taking in all the BPA love, but Joey Bats got hurt in the last game and only hit twice. I hope the Bau-bino is ok, cause Eric Thames misses you. Check the stats below.

Eric Thames

7 games
27 AB – .407/.467/.741 w/ 11 H, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 5 K

Those are almost Bautista-like numbers… DAMN! I’ve noticed Thames is starting to take more walks which is good, cause if you’re hitting behind Bautista, you better be getting on base!

Blue Jays finish it off in Chi-Town. I hope no one calls out the “Man In White” in Chicago!


BPA Stats Of The Week (Sep 12-18)

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Bautista Protection Agency

Don’t know what BPA is? Check out the blog post here.

Sorry for the late update.. (Damn! 1 week delay)… Work has been busy, but no matter, the results are below. And they aren’t pretty…. 5 games in this week against the Red Sox and Yankees!

Eric Thames

4 games
16 AB – .188/.222/.250 w/ 3 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Kelly Johnson

1 game
4 AB – .000/.000/.000 w/ 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Davis Cooper

1 game (1 pitch)
1 AB – .000/.000/.000 w/ 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Not great for all three above… I guess with the season almost over, the BPA is losing it’s luster….

BPA Stats for next week…. In 5…4…3…2…1……. NOW!


BPA Stats Of The Week (Sep 5-11)

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Bautista Protection Agency

Don’t know what BPA is? Check out the blog post here.

Continuing the AL East tour, the Blue Jays got back in the win column with 5 wins out of 7 games this week and taking 3/4 from Boston. Great stuff…. Boston’s been stinking it and the Rays may squeak into the playoffs. Eric Thames was the only person that had a change to relish the BPA and lets see how he did.

Eric Thames

7 games
25 AB – .120/.241/.240 w/ 3 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K

YIKES! Not a good week for Thames…. Even “A Compilation of Thames Greatest Hits” didn’t help him have a great week. Maybe next week, but now that Yunel out, I’m not sure if Farrell will shake up the lineup.

Two rare off days this week and more Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.. Sigh.. Let’s play spoiler and get one of these guys out of the playoff hunt!


BPA Stats of the Week (Aug 29-Sep4)

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Bautista Protection Agency

Don’t know what BPA is? Check out the blog post here.

The AL East sure has the Blue Jays number. Tampa Bay, Baltimore and New York really gave the Blue Jays fits this week as the Blue Jays only managed 3 wins out of 7. 3-4 sounds ok, but keep in mind that the Rays won 3 games before they lost that 1 in this week :(. This week saw who else, Eric Thames getting some sweet, sweet BPA and a newcomer in Kelly Johnson (1 game). Let’s take a look at the stats shall we.

Eric Thames

6 games
25 AB – .375/.400/.625 w/ 9 H, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Kelly Johnson

1 game
4 AB – .000/.000/.000 w/ 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Eric Thames had similar results this time around, which means he benefited again from BPA. The question now is, can he produce the same numbers elsewhere in the lineup without BPA, cause if he needs BPA to be productive, then that’s not going to cut it. Kelly Johnson had a tough time with CC Sabathia… so it’s ok to see 0′s across the board.

More AL East opponents this week. Red Sox and Orioles… It’s going to be nothing but AL East for the next two weeks.. GO GET’EM BOYS!


BPA Stats Of The Week (Aug 22-28)

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Bautista Protection Agency

Don’t know what BPA is? Check out the blog post here.

This week, the Blue Jays came back home for 3 against the Royals and Rays (though the Rays series is a 4 game set). Jose Bautista managed to stay healthy for this series, but was ejected in the first game of the Rays series when he was totally pissed off at the home plate umpire for a horrible strike zone. Bautista was throwing all his gear on the field and it was crazy as I witnessed this in the 2nd deck. All you heard was a loud bang as he slammed his bat against the wall and then boom… stuff starts going all over the place! Anyways, that cost Eric Thames 1 AB, but lucky for him, it was a strikeout. Yunel Escobar returned to the 2 spot for 2 games and let’s see how Thames and Escobar did.

Eric Thames

4 games
16 AB – .375/.375/.750 w/ 6 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Yunel Escobar

2 games
8 AB – .286/.375/.286 w/ 2 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Mr Nice Guy, Eric Thames bounced back from a terrible week with BPA, but Yunel Escobar just doesn’t see to have the groove when he’s batting in front of Bautista. Maybe he needs to bat there for a week to see. I much rather see Kelly Johnson hit leadoff.

The Blue Jays finish off the series with Tampa Bay on Monday and then it’s Baltimore and New York.


BPA Stats Of The Week (Aug 15-21)

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Bautista Protection Agency

Don’t know what BPA is? Check out the blog post here.

This week, we saw the Blue Jays go on the road to the West to face the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s. Seattle was a riot with Brett Lawrie and his fan base from BC! Oakland… could have been better, but the Blue Jays were over .500 going 4-3. Jose Bautista only played 6 games as he missed one game with Neck Tightness… I think he needs to bring a Tempur pillow on every road trip now. Those pillows are awesome…

On to the BPA stats… As expected, Eric Thames played all 6 games in front of Bautista, when he was in the lineup, but you’ll be surprised how he did this week.

Eric Thames

6 games
25 AB – .200/.286/.320 w/ 5 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K

Ouch… Not a great week for Eric Thames and his BPA support… He did get 3 walks though, which is rare since he hasn’t been taking many walks while using BPA… Better luck this week.

The Blue Jays are back on Canadian soil for 2 3 game sets with KC and the Rays. Let’s hope BPA fares better this week.


BPA Stats of the Week

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Bautista Protection Agency

Don’t know what BPA is? Check out the blog post here.

The week is done and the Blue Jays went 3-3 on the home stand. Not too shabby since I thought the Angels would sweep them as we were facing Santana, Weaver, and Haren, but the Boys of Summer really threw some egg in my face. This week also saw the return of Eric Thames hitting in front of Bautista (well he did the week before, but this is the first time I’m doing the stat so I’m sticking with what i said) and a surprise Yunel Escobar start when Thames had the day off against Gio Gonzalez. Stats are below:

Eric Thames

4 games
15 AB – .333/.333/.800 w/ 5 H, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 0 BB

Yunel Escobar

1 game
4 AB – .250/.400/.250 w/ 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 BB (HBP)

Eric Thames continues to benefit from BPA as he’s hitting again and with authority. I’m starting to like Thames more and more, but I see him more of a DH/Backup OF role because his defense is still a little shaky, though he made that outstanding grab on Sunday to rob Wells of a hit.

The Blue Jays are on the west coast for 7 games. There aren’t that many tough lefties vs. Seattle and Oakland, so I fully expect Thames to continue to hit in front of Bautista, unless Joey Bats gets the day off, which i doubt.


Bautista Protection Agency (BPA) Open For Business

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Bautista Protection Agency

Bautista has been providing protection to batters in front of him. Does BPA really work or is it a myth?

Every now and then, the phrase “Providing Protection” is used in baseball to describe a batter “protecting” the batter in front of him. In Toronto, Jose Bautista is the guy who provides this “protection”. Bautista has been playing like an MVP this year and has been touted as the most feared hitter in the league. More or less, a pitcher will probably not want to challenge Bautista because of the potential damage he can do and the pitcher most definitely does not want to put guys on base in front of Bautista to further increase the risk of damage. This means that pitchers will usually challenge the batter before Bautista, resulting in juicier pitches to pounce on. Thus, Jose Bautista has been employing his, shall we call it “Bautista Protection Agency” or “BPA” (This is a parady of APA or Acolytes Protection Agency used in the WWE) for anyone that hits in front of him. I have been gathering stats to see just how good his protection is. These stats were taken from www.baseball-reference.com. It does not include any games that Bautista didn’t play (3 games – Child Birth, 5 games – Neck strain, 3 games – Ankle sprain) or at bats for the 2nd hitter where Bautista has already been taken out of the game. I am also assuming that Bautista will be hitting 3rd for the entire season.

Legend:

G – Game(s)
PA – Plate Apperances
.###/.###/.### – AVG/OBP/SLG
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
R – Runs
BB – Base On Balls
SO – Strikeouts
PH – Pinch Hit

April (24 G)

C.Patterson (13 G), Y.Escobar (5 G), A.Hill (2 G), J.Nix (1 G), J.Rivera (1 G), T.Snider (1 G), M.McCoy (1 G)
113 PA – .233/.292/.369 w/ 3 HR, 17 RBI, 13 R, 9 BB, 24 SO

May (23 G)

C.Patterson (22 G), Y.Escobar (1 G), E.Encarnacion (1 G – PH)
109 PA – .294/.315/.461 w/ 2 HR, 13 RBI, 20 R, 4 BB, 20 SO

June (27 G)

C.Patterson (20 G), E.Thames (5 G), A.Hill (2 G), J.Rivera (1 G – PH), R.Davis(1 G – PH)
121 PA – .241/.267/.357 w/ 2 HR, 4 RBI, 15 R, 3 BB, 28 SO

July (23 G)

E.Thames (18 G), C.Rasmus (4 G), C.Patterson (1 G), J.McDonald (1 G – PH), R.Davis (1 G – PH)
100 PA – .311/.360/.511 w/ 3 HR, 19 RBI, 13 R, 7 BB, 17 SO

August (4 G)

C.Rasmus (3 G), E.Thames (1 G)
18 PA – .167/.167/.278 w/ 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Grand Total as of August 5th, 2011 (102 G)

461 PA – .264/.301/.414 w/ 10 HR, 54 RBI, 62 R, 23 BB, 90 SO

These numbers are decent, but I think the hitters could have done slightly better with Bautista hitting behind them. Some of the numbers could be skewed a bit, since Rasmus played 7 games in the 2 spot and he had to do some adjusting to the new league (NL to AL). If we take those 30 PA, we get: .273/.311/.427 w/ 10 HR, 51 RBI, 60 R, 22 BB, and 83 SO. It’s hard to imagine that Corey Patterson had sooooo many chances in the 2 hole as he played 56 games batting 2nd. That’s more than half the games (55%) and that was probably way to many games for someone who we thought sucked and is no longer with the team. Let’s take a closer look at individual player performance. I really only wanted to compare a few players because the sample size of some players were just way to small.

Corey Patterson (56 G)

Totals:
(With BPA) 253 PA – .255/.283/.391 w/ 5 HR, 26 RBI, 36 R, 9 BB, 51 SO
(Without BPA) 88 PA – .244/.295/.341 w/ 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 6 BB, 14 SO

Avg/PA:
(With BPA) 253 PA – 1 HR/50.6 PA, 1 RBI/9.7 PA, 1 R/7 PA, 1 BB/28.1 PA, 1 SO/5 PA
(Without BPA) 88 PA – 1 HR/88 PA, 1 RBI/12.6 PA, 1 R/11 PA, 1 BB/14.7 PA, 1 SO/6.3 PA
(Difference) -37.4 HR/PA, -2.9 RBI/PA, -4 R/PA, +13.4 BB/PA, +1.3 SO/PA

Patterson’s averages were slightly down without BPA, but not by much. The telling story are the averages per plate appearances. The only significant positives was that he drew more walks and struck out less without BPA. The other stats are way down without BPA. So you could say that “Tropic Thunder” really misses his BPA. It didn’t really matter though because he’s no longer around and i’m cool with that… Still don’t know how you can be in the league when you can’t play defense properly.

Eric Thames (24 G)

Totals:
(With BPA) 103 PA – .333/.369/.583 w/ 4 HR, 15 RBI, 17 R, 5 BB, 18 SO
(Without BPA) 89 PA – .195/.247/.305 w/ 1 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R, 5 BB, 29 SO

Avg/PA:
(With BPA) 103 PA – 1 HR/25.8 PA, 1 RBI/6.9 PA, 1 R/6.1 PA, 1 BB/20.6 PA, 1 SO/5.7 PA
(Without BPA) 89 PA – 1 HR/89 PA, 1 RBI/12.7 PA, 1 R/8.9 PA, 1 BB/20.6 PA, 1 SO/3.1 PA
(Difference) -63.2 HR/PA, -5.8 RBI/PA, -2.8 R/PA, 0 BB/PA, -2.6 SO/PA

Eric Thames has got to be the one who’s benefited the most from BPA. Looking at his averages as the dip is incredible from .333 to .195 in batting average alone! WOW! Thames also doesn’t even have a plus category without BPA. We saw him being re-inserted into the 2 hole on Friday, August 5th vs. Baltimore and maybe the Blue Jays saw the same stats that I’m seeing now. I’d like to see Thames ride out this season in the 2 spot, but I also have another suggestion on who should be there later on in the post.

Yunel Escobar (6 G)

Totals:
(With BPA) 27 PA – .174/.296/.174 w/ 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 6 SO
(Without BPA) 427 PA – .314/.390/.462 w/ 10 HR, 39 RBI, 57 R, 47 BB, 44 SO

Avg/PA:
(With BPA) 27 PA – 0 HR, 1 RBI/13.5 PA, 1 R/6.8 PA, 1 BB/6.8 PA, 1 SO/4.5 PA
(Without BPA) 427 PA – 1 HR/42.7 PA, 1 RBI/10.9 PA, 1 R/7.5 PA, 1 BB/9.1 PA, 1 SO/9.7 PA
(Difference) +42.7 HR/PA, +2.6 RBI/PA, -0.7 R/PA, -2.3 BB/PA, -5.4 SO/PA

Although a very small sample size, Yunel Escobar was one of the Blue Jays players who did not benefit much from BPA. Yunel Escobar was slated to be the every day 2 hitter in front of Bautista, but Rajai Davis got hurt early and ever since that injury, he’s hit lead off throughout most of the season. If there were more PA for Yunel with BPA, the stats would have more weight, but other than that, this was just a small example of someone who didn’t benefit from BPA.

So does BPA make a huge difference? I would have to say that BPA has been a very helpful factor for the two players who have batted in front of “El Fuerte”. Combining Corey Patterson and Eric Thames games played (80 G which is 78% of the games), these two players’ stats have shown huge improvements when employing BPA. If Colby Rasums plays more games hitting 2nd, i’m sure he would eventually start to show stats that would tell us BPA works, though I don’t see him returning to the 2 spot anytime soon.

Also, I would like to mention something that has crossed my mind. Ever since I heard the interview with AA on “Prime Time” via Fan590, AA said that Snider and Thames were the two candidates to be sent down when Brett Lawrie comes up. AA said that Thames had a better July than Snider and that was primarily the factor in bumping Snider back down to AAA. Now, if you look at the stats for July, Thames hit in the 2nd spot for most of the month and he generated some pretty impressive numbers. When he was removed from BPA after Rasmus came along, look how bad he performed. In 5 games, 24 PA, he only had 1 hit (HR) and 9 SO. One can argue that it isn’t fair to say Thames had a better July than Snider because Snider didn’t have the benefit of BPA. One could also argue that Snider should be able to hit anywhere in the lineup if he is that good. Nonetheless, I think it is only fair that Travis Snider be allowed to hit 2nd and see if his stats shows improvement with BPA. I’m sure you would see him hitting much, much better with BPA.

So, for the rest of the season, I will have weekly BPA stats since it seems kinda fun to see how well the batter before Bautista does every game. I leave you off with a poll… Who do you think should hit in front of Bautista and would benefit the most from BPA?


Who should hit in front of Bautista and benefit the most from BPA?

  • Colby Rasmus (44%, 12 Votes)
  • Eric Thames (19%, 5 Votes)
  • Travis Snider (19%, 5 Votes)
  • Brett Lawrie (18%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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Buck Martinez or Jamie Campbell?

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Buck Martinez or Jamie Campbell? Who's better?

Who's the better play by play announcer? Is it Buck Martinez or Jamie Campbell. We might need some Wii Boxing to figure this one out!

So yesterday, I kind of caused some ruckus when I mentioned that if Jamie Campbell ever came back to do the play by play for the Toronto Blue Jays, that I would do a www.jamieblunders.com site (View Tweet!). It appears that there is a huge debate as to who is the better man. So to all you Buck Martinez, Jamie Campbell, Toronto Blue Jays lovers, I ask you… Who is better? Buck Martinez or Jamie Campbell? Submit your vote via the poll below and comment on this post to discuss why one is better than the other or are they both just as good or just as bad!


Who is the better play by play announcer?

  • Jamie Campbell (57%, 51 Votes)
  • Buck Martinez (43%, 38 Votes)

Total Voters: 89

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