Posts Tagged: Henderson Alverez

Game 159 vs. New York Yankees

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New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays

Sun, September 30th, 2012 1:07 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez was talking about football games that would be on Sportsnet and he said that the New Orleans vs. Green Bay would be on before Oakland and Denver, but OAK and DEN have an earlier start time. (Contributed by @alittlehghas)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez called Henderson Alverez, Yunel Escobar. (Contributed by @Bonarous)

Buck Blunder 3 - Buck Martinez messed up on a count to JP Arencibia, when he said the count was 1 and O and 1. There was one strike on JP and i think he was going to say 1 strike, but just babbled on and on.


Game 138 vs. Boston Red Sox

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox

Fri, September 7th, 2012 7:10 PM @ Fenway Park

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Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez was saying that Felix Doubrant left the home opener with a 2-1 lead, but that was Henderson Alverez. (Contributed by @jordangeville)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez said that Henderson Alverez gave up a 2-out walk, when it was only 1 out.

Buck Blunder 3 - When talking about Fan Appreciation Weekend, fans can get t-shirts with a player’s name and number on the back. He was naming the ones that were shown on TV, but missed Brett Lawrie.

Buck Blunder 4 - Buck Martinez said that Chris Carpenter started this game, but later changed it to started the 7th inning.

Buck Blunder 5 - Buck Martinez said that Adieny Hechavarria was batting .258, but he was really batting .253. (Contributed by @nate_diddly)


Game 133 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays

Sat, September 1st, 2012 1:07 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez said to check out the shortstop behind Henderson Alverez, but i think he meant defense. (Contributed by @CaptMaverick85)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez called Yorvit Torrealba, Moises Sierra, but quickly caught his mistake and changed it. (Contributed by @jordangeville)

Buck Blunder 3 - Ex-Blue Jay “Brian” Roberts. I think Buck Martinez meant Ryan Roberts. (Contributed by @SwervinPervan)


Game 128 vs. New York Yankees

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Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees

Mon, August 27th, 2012 7:05 PM @ Yankees Stadium

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Buck Blunder 1 - Here we go again.. Colby E-Rasmus. Well at least he hit a 3 run dinger today! DINGERS FOR DOPE! (Contributed by @marTeenaW)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez said that Henderson Alverez prevented an easy double play by bare handing a ball hit to the right of him with no one on base. How can you prevent a double play with no one on base Bucko? (Contributed by @_nospacesplease and Emailer/Commenter: Moose)

Buck Blunder 3 - In the bottom of the 11th, Buck Martinez said that Darren Oliver was talking to Yorvit Torrealba, but Jeff Mathis had came in to catch that inning. (Contributed by @_nospacesplease)


Game 36 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays

Mon, May 14th, 2012 7:07 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez continued to call two walks in the top of the 1st, lead off walks. You can only lead off an inning with a walk once. The second walk is a no outs walk :p (Contributed by @jordangeville)

Buck Blunder 2 - Buck Martinez said that Ryoto Igarushi was signed by the Blue Jays, but he was traded to the Blue Jays from Pittsburgh on March 30th, 2012 for a PTBNL. (Contributed by @JackCox)

Buck Blunder 3 - Buck Martinez said that Luke Scott’s power is to left field, but he’s a lefty so shouldn’t it be to Right Field? (Contributed by @AHume92)

Buck Blunder 4 - Buck Martinez said that Morrow had 22 stolen bases on 23 attempts. He’s a pitcher, not a position player. He must have meant that he’s given up 22 stolen bases out of 23. (Contributed by @DavespeedOcho4)

Buck Blunder 5 - When talking about sacrifice bunts, Buck said that the Seattle Mariners had 7, but he corrected himself and said they had 8.

Buck Blunder 6 - Buck Martinez still thinks the Blue Jays are playing the Twins as he said the Blue Jays retired the Twins, I mean the Rays. (Contributed by @jordangeville and @sergiogmorales)

Buck Blunder 7 - Buck Martinez kept calling Cesar Ramos, Raymos. (Contributed by @AHume92)

Buck Blunder 8 - Buck Martinez said that Henderson Alverez had averaged 8 pitches per inning, but corrected himself and said it was 13.1 (Contributed by @neocec)

Buck Blunder 9 - Buck Martinez keeps calling home plate umpire CB Buckner, CJ Bucker. (Contributed by @gosensgo101 and @jordangeville)


Game 27 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Fri, May 4th, 2012 10:05 PM @ Angels Stadium of Anaheim

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Buck Blunder 1 - Buck Martinez was giving the avg of Jose Bautista and Adam Lind, but it didn’t include last nights game. Whoops! (Contributed by @MikeSaunders182, @MikeSaunders182, and @Arock1234)

Buck Blunder 2 - When Buck Martinez was referring to the Angels pitching coach, he called him Mike Bootcher instead of Mike Butcher. (Contributed by @JackCox)

Buck Blunder 3 - Buck Martinez has been mixing up or combining Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout. (Contributed by @JackCox)

Buck Blunder 4 - Buck Martinez was 1 mph off an Henderson Alverez fastball. 94 mph was the call when it was 95 mph. (Contributed by @Pooch_Chris)

Buck Blunder 5 - When Sportsnet was showing Brandon Morrow’s line from yesterday’s game, Buck Martinez said that Morrow hasn’t given up a walk in his last 3 starts. Last 2 starts Buck.

Buck Blunder 6 - After Buck Blunder 5, Ervin Santana strike out a batter and Buck Martinez said it was his 7th K, but it was his 8th as he said he short changed him.

Buck Blunder 7 - When talking about the SportsNet magazine cover, Buck Martinez said Henrik Lundquist was leading the Rangers to another Stanley Cup Finals. He has not been in a Stanley Cup finals in his career. (Contributed by @PATSandJAYS)

Buck Blunder 8 - Buck Martinez was talking about Henderson Alverez’s pitch count and how he hasn’t thrown any balls. I think he meant, not that many balls. (Contributed by @PATSandJAYS)

Buck Blunder 9 - Buck Martinez was talking about Ervin Santana’s line and said that he gave up 2 hits, but corrected himself and said he gave up 3 hits.

Buck Blunder 10 - The last time the Blue Jays had back 2 back complete game shutouts was in 1993, not 1988 Buck. Buck was probably fed bad information. Anyways, @jordangeville has provided me with the proof. Jack Morris and Al Leiter had Complete Game Shutouts back in 1993 June 16 and 17. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1993/VTOR01993.htm
(Contributed by @jordangeville and @awguy79)


Game 8 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays

Sat, April 14th, 2012 4:07 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 - In the bottom of the 1st, Buck Martinez called the first pitch in that half of the inning, the first pitch of the game. (Contributed by @Arock1234)

Buck Blunder 2 - Jason Hammel is not Cole Hamels Buck Martinez! (Contributed by @DBond11, @nottherealhbomb, @tonyexhibitx, @cdmccain, and @Rgrossi1990)

Buck Blunder 3 - Buck Martinez said that Dustin Pedoria complimented the pitching of Jones…. Who? You mean Henderson Alverez. (Contributed by @twit_terrific)

Buck Blunder 4 - Buck Martinez said Eric Thames first hit was a single, but it was a double. (Contributed by @mitch_robson32)

Buck Blunder 5 - On 2 outs, Buck Martinez said that Edwin Encarnacion “read that play perfectly” and ran on the play, but it’s 2 outs Buck… Every player runs on two outs on contact! (Contributed by @ShakeelSalamath, @mattdoublem, and @mAdCopywriter)

Buck Blunder 6 - Buck Martinez called tomorrow’s game against the Orioles the Season Finale and not the Series Finale :p (Contributed by @MikeStatement)

Buck Blunder 7 - Buck Martinez mixed up Rajai Davis and Eric Thames again! (Contributed by @baberaham89 and @chadsterq)


Game 131 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays

Fri, August 26th, 2011 7:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Jose Bautista gets ejected from the game… And i was there to witness it… All in all, i believe the Umpire did expand his strike zone on a lot of Blue Jays hitters, esp the 1st AB by Bautista. That was a ball on the 3-2. There were a lot of Booo tonight! Thanks to @M_McConnell and @Clutch_21 for the youtube vid and @coolhead2010 for the sportsnet recap!

Buck Blunder 1 – Two Buck Blunders for the price of one. Buck Martinez called Tampa Bay, the Mariners, then the Devil Rays! (Contributed by @RyanJBarbour and @kjo19)

Buck Blunder 2 – Buck Martinez strikes again! Calling a changeup, a fastball as he called Alverez 2nd K a slider, fastball, slider, when it was a slider, changeup and slider. (Contributed by @nearlydenzil and E-mailer Jared A.)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez referred to Henderson Alverez as the batter and not the pitcher when he struck out someone. “What an At Bat for Henderson Alverez”, says Buck Martinez. (Contributed by @PeteIsSudbury)

Buck Blunder 4 – On a line drive to first that was called foul by the 1st base ump, Buck Martinez said that it wasn’t the 1st base umpire’s call, but the umpire’s call.. Which umpire BUCK!!!! You mean the Home Plate umpire that screwed us tonight! (Contributed by @jordangeville)

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez was talking about how the Yankees hit 3 Grand Slams in one game and that was a Yankee record. What he forgot to mention was that it was also an MLB record. (Contributed by @origmichael)

Buck Blunder 6 – “Jose Molina out to talk to Ledezmo”… Hey Buck Martinez, it’s Ledezma.. get your vowels correct! (Contributed by @needsanickname)

Buck Blunder 7 – E-Mailer Jared A. comes back and says that Buck Martinez called Bruce Walton, Chris again! Chris doesn’t have the same ring!


Game 129 vs. Kansas City Royals

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Kansas City Royals @ Toronto Blue Jays

Wed, August 24th, 2011 7:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez said that Jose Bautista had a WHIP of 1.101. First of all, that’s not even a WHIP number cause they only count to 2 decimal places. Next Bautista is not a pitcher, but if he was a 1.10 WHIP is Roy Halladay like, and third, that was his OPS. (Contributed by @gosensgo101, @PdashOW, @Jays_GiantsFan, @Arock1234, @onebluejaysway, and @coolhead2010)

Buck Blunder 2 – Buck Martinez said that Henderson Alverez started in double A, but yes again, he started in A ball! (Contributed by @RyanJBarbour)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez said the Blue Jays were up 1-0 when they had a 1 run lead (4-3).


Capital ‘C’ Closer? Will one emerge this year and for years to come?

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When will the Toronto Blue Jays have their Capital 'C' Closer?

When will the Toronto Blue Jays have their Capital 'C' Closer?

Well, well.. We’re finally at the so called mid point of the 2011 season and the Blue Jays have had a roller coaster ride in the first half with their bullpen. Coming into the season, many of you probably thought that our bullpen would be even better than last year. With all the veteran arms that we signed and traded for (Rauch, Dotel, Francisco) the Blue Jays had a blueprint to help the young arms in the starting rotation… Boy were we wrong.

Last year, we had to hold our breath whenever Bizzaro Clark Kent, Kevin Gregg came into the 9th to try and close out a 3, 2 or 1 run lead. No Blue Jays lead seemed safe last year, but if you compare the numbers from last year to this year, you might be a bit surprised. According to Baseball References, Kevin Gregg only blew 6 saves last year and 4 before the All-Star break. The Blue Jays this year have combined 15 blown saves (4 – Francisco, 3 – Rauch, 3 – Rzepczynski, 2 – Perez, 2 – Frasor, 1 – Camp), which is 1 less than the Blue Jays had all of last season (6 – Gregg, 4 – Frasor, 2 – Tallet, 2 – Camp, 2 – Downs). So to think of it, does this mean that Gregg wasn’t as bad as we thought? Sorry, i don’t think so.. He was bad last year. It’s just that this year’s core is making him look good. As Bob McCowan would say, he would fit perfectly with this group.

But let’s not talk too much about Gregg since he’s in the past. What do we do about this year’s group? We all know that Frank Francisco was dubbed the closer when we got him from Texas for slugger Mike Napoli. After starting on the DL at the beginning of the season, Francisco has looked nothing like the closer he was in 2009. Maybe he hasn’t been the same after the throwing chair incident. So if he’s so bad, why do the Blue Jays give him chance after chance? Because he has good stuff? Because he’s been an elite closer in the past? That’s just bull. But John Farrell’s hands are pretty tied right now. Other than Francisco, Rauch and Dotel haven’t had much success with the closer role. Dotel hasn’t blown a save, but you can’t put him in there if a lefty is up, cause he gets creamed by lefties. Rauch has been a little more reliable because he doesn’t walk many batters, but he still give up a ton of fly balls, which some go out of the park. So what do the Blue Jays do to salvage this season?

Some people have been saying we should move these pitchers or DFA them, but to be honest, that is not going to happen. 5 of the relief pitchers are Type-B free agents after this year. If you are unfamiliar with what a Type-B Free Agent means, there are Elias Rankings for different positions and both leagues for every player in the MLB. The rankings determine whether players are either a Type-A or Type-B in the player’s positions like (C, 2B/3B/SS, 1B/DH/OF, SP and RP). So at the end of the year, players who are free-agents who are given arbitration by their original team, but decline and are signed by other team, the original team receive draft picks for next year’s draft. Type-A free agents score 1 first round pick (unless the team is a bottom 15 team based on record, then a team receives a 2nd round pick, or if a team signed a Type-A player with a higher score, then the team will get a 2nd round pick, or 3rd round pick depending on how many Type-A free agents they sign) and a sandwich pick (a pick between the first and second round). If you want an example of this, remember when the New York Yankees signed A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeria, and CC Sabathia and the Blue Jays only got a 3rd round pick out of that cause CC and Mark were higher Type-A FA? Yeah, the Blue Jays got royally screwed on that.

So back to my point after that little education. Type-B free agents will net a team with one sandwich pick. Last year, the Blue Jays netted 4 sandwich picks (Scott Downs (A), Kevin Gregg (B), Miguel Olivo (B), John Buck (B)) and we all know that AA loves the fact that he can add as much young talent as he can to his farm. This year is no different. I’m sure AA is salivating that he could potentially get 5 sandwich picks out of Francisco, Dotel, Rauch, Camp, and Frasor (though Frasor is on the bubble of being a Type-A and if he is, he won’t decline arbitration cause no one will give up their own top pick for him). AA would only trade these guys if the player was a top prospect (higher than a sandwich pick) or a player who would net him a Type-A free agent. Remember how last year he tried to trade Downs and Frasor who were both Type-A FA at the end of the season and no one wanted to give him the talent he demanded? I’m sure this is going to be the same this year, so don’t expect any movement in the pen.

So with that being said, we will probably have to live with this shaky bullpen for the remainder of the season. Maybe we throw some one else out there besides Rauch and Francisco. Maybe Frasor should get another stab at the closer role as he has been a little more consistent than these two or what about Casey Janssen? Before he got hurt, he was very good against lefties and righties and has the best ERA and WHIP amongst the relievers. I say the Blue Jays should go with either the matchups and the hot arm. At this point in time, there is no Capital ‘C’ closer as no one seems to really want to take the role and run with it, like Gregg did last year (Frasor was the closer at the beginning of the season, but was ousted when Gregg dominated the first couple months).

But what about the future? Who should be our Capital ‘C’ closer??? With probably 5 relievers leaving this team cause of their Type-B status, the bullpen looks to have an overhaul and room for 5 relievers to come in and help this team out, which means, we could have a closer within the system. When was the last time the Blue Jays had a closer that was home grown? Billy Koch you say? Actually that’s not correct. In 2002, Kelvim Escobar saved 38 games and he was a Toronto draft pick, though he was a converted starting pitcher that year. Besides the point, we haven’t had a home grown closer since 2002, nor have we had a closer pitch full consecutive season since Billy Koch (1999-2001). So who can we throw in the fire for next year and years to come as the Blue Jays will contend for the World Series title? Three names come into mind…

Zach StewartZach Stewart – We saw this young stud for a few starts in June and he had some great stuff. His game isn’t about power, but he had some great movement on his pitches that could be useful in closing games out. Although he is starting in New Hampshire, the Blue Jays have a lot of Starting Pitching, which could move Stewart in the pen just like Purcey and Rzepcynski. People have been saying he could close, so maybe we’ll see him there next year… or maybe this guy…

Henderson AlverezHenderson Alverez – This guy has been on fire this year. His stuff and power pitching is the opposite of Stewart. Sal Fasano has said that he is averaging 95-96 mph on his fastball and has topped the gun at 101!!! That’s Alrodis Chapman area. I would love to see a hard throwing pitcher close games out like the Papelbon and Marmol, striking out guys left, right and center, but let’s hope he has some off speed pitchers, or it could be another Billy Koch, who threw hard, but didn’t have a changeup slow enough to offset the batter’s timing, ultimately making him very predictable and fizzling. He could very well be the closer of the future, but probably not next year. Hopefully we can see a glimpse of him this year when the rosters expand to 40 in September… Or finally…

Dustin McGowanDustin McGowan – The dark horse of this bunch, McGowan has been nothing but unlucky for his MLB career. Having had Tommy John surgery, than a shoulder surgery, than a minor knee surgery, this guy just needs to get healthy so he can help this ball club. McGowan has been preparing himself as a starting pitcher in rehab, but I think he could be a closer or setup man in the future. He has the stuff to be a closer, but can he transition to that relief role, because some pitchers can’t do that as they are so use to pitching every 5 days and getting into their routine as oppose to being a relief pitcher and not knowing when you’ll pitch. I’d love to see McGowan just come back to the mound for the Blue Jays and make an incredible come back like Chris Carpenter. We’ll see. We miss the long sideburns, though Cecil is sporting that look now.. Stealing his thunder :p

They say that the best closers are starting pitchers who fail and get converted to being a relief pitcher. We’ve seen this before from Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Eric Gagne, Tom Heinke, etc… So why not have this happen for the Blue Jays. It can’t get any worse than that 4 run lead destruction last Thursday against the Cleveland Indians. If you have any other suggestions or comments, let me know below in the comment box. I’d like to hear your thoughts on what the Blue Jays should do and who maybe be the next closer of the Blue Jays’ future!